The Necessity of Fire Alarm Systems in Public Spaces such as Shopping Malls

John Larkin with ESC News (image)
John Larkin with ESC News
The Necessity of Fire Alarm Systems in Public Spaces such as Shopping Malls | #ESC_LLC ##FireAlarm #Shopping #RealEstate #FireCode | Recovering from a fire is not a quick, easy thing. First, there is the matter of an investigation as to the cause by local fire authorities or a state fire marshal’s office. Second there is the issue of demolition where the remains of the damaged construction is removed and hauled away for disposition. This is just the very beginning what so often turns out to be a long, drawn-out process.

There’s the insurance company to deal with, the loss of valuable employees, and did I forget to mention the loss of loyal customers who depended on the mall for their daily needs, such as clothing, food, computers, cameras, and more. And even that’s not all of the issues that the owners of a fire-ridden mall have to contend with. There’s the issue of lost revenue due to lost tenants.

Multi-million-euro insurance battle looms over Douglas Village Shopping Centre blaze, News Irish News
Multi-million-euro insurance battle looms over Douglas Village Shopping Centre blaze, News Irish News

In many cases, individual tenants are required to install their own fire alarm system, often integrating it with the mall’s master fire alarm for monitoring and oversight. Where there’s a heavy fee for interconnection, it may be more economical for a tenant to have their fire alarm company monitor their fire alarm system instead. The mall may or may not allow this, depending on the lease agreement.

And then there’s the issue of responsibility. The various insurance companies are going to want to know where to send the bill, or more like where NOT to send it. That’s a can of worms in and of itself. Be sure to carry sufficient fire insurance, whether you’re a tenant or the owner of a mall.

John Larkin, Senior Partner with ESC of Greater Ohio (Image)
John Larkin, Senior Partner with ESC of Greater Ohio

The following is a collection of news articles involving fires and explosions at shopping malls. In some of them you will read about promises of rebuilding, but that is often years in the future, or it can be, depending on the insurance coverage. In the mean time, if you should have questions about fire alarm detection in shopping mall situations, whether you own the mall or a small, rented space within a mall, please feel free to contact the professionals at Electronic Systems Consultants LLC (ESC), headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

“ESC operates throughout the state of Ohio as well as Louisville, Kentucky. So we’re quite able to handle any questions you may have concerning your situation,” says John Larkin, Senior Partner with ESC. “Give us a call today and we’ll help you in any way we can. Call 614-754-1393, email ESC@tpromo.com, or visit ore fire alarm page.

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San Antonio Eateries Rebuilding After Fire at Lincoln Heights Shopping Center | On Tuesday, a fire broke out in the attic of Paciugo Gelato Cafe, resulting in heavy water and smoke damage to the shop. The business announced via social media that it’s committed to making repairs and reopening but added that it will be closed indefinitely.

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Fire breaks out on roof of Southgate Centre shopping mall | Firefighters were called Friday morning to Southgate Centre, where flames could be seen shooting from the roof of the south Edmonton shopping mall. Firefighters responded at 5:43 a.m. and arrived six minutes later to find the blaze on the east side of the roof above Hudson’s Bay.

Fire investigators determined the fire started along a wooden expansion joint when the heat from a torch, used for roof construction, ignited combustible material.

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Large fire at Cork shopping centre brought under control overnight | A LARGE FIRE at Douglas Shopping Centre in Cork city yesterday evening has been brought under control.

The alarm was raised shortly before 7pm when a car in the car park of the shopping centre was discovered on fire.

Emergency services from Cork City Fire Brigade and Cork County Fire attended the blaze. A total of 12 fire appliances were the scene.

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Multi-million-euro insurance battle looms over Douglas Village Shopping Centre blaze | A multi-million-euro compensation battle is looming between a car manufacturer and a motor-insurance firm over responsibility for a blaze that will force a Cork shopping centre’s multi-storey car park to be demolished.

Douglas Village Shopping Centre and its multi-storey car park had to be evacuated last Saturday after an accidental fire broke out in a parked car.

To read the remainder of this news story, click here.

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