Fire alarm panels are central to the entire fire alarm system, and they are designed to notify the fire and police departments in the event of the smoke detectors going off or when someone pulls the fire alarm. A quick glance at the fire alarm panel is often all that is needed to pinpoint where the fire is occuring, and which exits are safe to use. Firemen always refer to the alarm panel when they are at the scene of the fire, for these obvious reasons.
The panels for home fire alarms are a little different, being less complex than those intended for large, high rise buildings. Nonetheless, they do their job adequately, and can cover homes of varying sizes. You can set them on different customized time settings, like when you want to go on a vacation.
If a fire breaks out, the fire alarm panel sends a signal to the local authorities to alert them of the fire. Another use of fire alarm panels is to alert the owner of any break-in attempts. Some fire alarm panels can be hooked up with other home alarm systems.
If your fire alarm system does not have a panel, you can have one installed by licensed companies who should be able to offer you a variety of different systems to suit your needs. Fire alarm panels are indispensible if you want a complete fire protection system. Of course, having an alarm panel means you need to learn how to use it as well, which takes a bit of time and practice to get used to. Once they are activated for protection 24/7, you'll definitely sleep easier at night.