Test and Inspection

Let our technicians provide a complete inspection of your system. Fire alarm system testing and maintenance is critical to minimize false alarms and to verify operation of devices.

Testing of the fire alarm system can reveal system deficiencies that do not appear as active troubles on the fire alarm system. Examples include but are not limited to: initiating devices not activating, notification devices not activating, devices not in program, weak batteries, dirty detectors, etc.

For those that may be new to fire alarm, your system may not have all of the devices listed. The following items are examples of what may reside on your system:

* Initiating devices – pull stations, smoke detectors, heat detectors, duct detectors, tamper switches, etc. These devices activate the fire alarm system.
* Notification devices – horn/strobes, strobes, speaker/strobes, chimes, bells, mini-sounders, etc. These devices provide visible and audible notification to the
building occupant.
* Ancillary function devices – ie. relays provide functions such as AHU shutdown, door holder release, elevator recall, etc.

Visual inspection and functional testing is required of all devices connected to your fire alarm system. Issues such an air vent located within 3′ of your smoke detector can contribute to false alarms due to buildup of dust, and air velocity can inhibit proper detection of smoke. Battery swelling and corrosion on leads are signs that your batteries should be replaced. A thorough inspection can help provide proactive maintenance for your system.

Make sure your fire alarm system inspection is up to date. A tag located on your fire alarm control panel with the month and date should reflect the test of your system. Fire alarm systems are required to be inspected at a minimum annually. A test and inspection report should be provided upon completion of the inspection and a copy maintained in the fire alarm log book.

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