Early detection and awareness of a fire is critical to protecting lives and property. Fire alarm and detection systems play a key role in alerting building occupants of fires and buying them the time that is needed to safely exit the burning building.
However, fire alarm systems are only effective if they are properly taken care of with regular inspections and testing. Getting your alarm system inspected will help make sure it’s ready to go in an emergency.
What Happens During a Fire Alarm Inspection?
During a fire alarm inspection, all of the components of the fire alarm system need to be visually checked to make sure that they are in the proper condition. Additionally, all of the components should be tested to check functionality. The components that need to be inspected and tested include:
- Fire Alarm Control Panel
- Smoke Detectors
- Manual Pull Stations
- Horns and Strobes
As the system is inspected, technicians will look out for any damage, dust, dirt or corrosion that could affect the system’s performance. Getting inspections and testing performed regularly will keep your system code compliant and ready to go if a fire breaks out.
Fire Alarm Inspection Requirements
The standard for fire alarm systems is NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. NFPA 72 sets the requirements for fire alarm system inspection and testing. This standard includes the frequencies for inspection and testing of each component of the alarm system and also requires that inspections are performed by a qualified professional. Typically fire alarm systems need to be inspected on a monthly, semi-annual, or annual basis. Most state and local jurisdictions have adopted NFPA 72 as the requirement for alarm inspections. However, your should check with your AHJ to see if there are any additional requirements in your local area.
Reliance Does Fire Alarm Inspections
Reliance Fire Protection can perform inspections and testing of your fire alarm systems. Our certified technicians will perform inspections to make sure your system is compliant with NFPA 72. We can inspect the alarm system of any public building and have experience working with many industries such as commercial, historic, industrial, and institutional. Our technicians are certified to inspect both fire alarms and fire sprinklers. Save time and money by hiring Reliance to perform inspections and service for all your fire protection systems. Contact us today to learn more about our capabilities and experience!