We understand fire protection systems are complex and difficult to understand. You may ask yourself: What fire protection system is best for my business? How often do I need the fire sprinkler system inspected? Who is certified to service all the fire extinguishers on my property?
We at Fire Safety First believe that the best way to service our clients is by educating them and keeping them informed. Browse through our frequently asked questions below to find the answers you are looking for.
National Fire Protection Association #72 requires all devices in a fire alarm system to be tested annually. This can be accomplished all at once or broken up into quarterly or semi-annual testing as long as all the devices are tested once a year. Hospitals have different testing requirements as they fall under the jurisdiction of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations. Some insurance companies may have more stringent requirements for device testing, FSF will provide testing to meet these requirements if more stringent than NFPA #72.
Batteries eventually lose their ability to hold a charge regardless of what application they are being used in. Batteries in a fire alarm system have to be able to run the alarm system for a specified amount of time if the alarm system loses A/C power. NFPA 72 states batteries are to be replaced at specified intervals, per the manufacturer’s requirements.
approximately the same time of day?
It is common at times to have the same re-occurring trouble or alarm signal come into the alarm panel. This reoccurring signal might come into the panel at approximately the same time each day. Many times when this occurs, it is usually found to be some other outside factor causing the problem (i.e. irrigation water getting into an exposed junction box). In order to properly troubleshoot a problem, it is very important to understand what is causing it.
The California Code of Regulations requires that fire alarm systems be inspected and tested by appropriately licensed fire protection companies.
Fire Safety First is a licensed fire protection contractor. We hold a California State Contractors License #599761, licensed in C10 Electrical, C16 Fire Protection, and C36 Plumbing.
Fire alarm systems are designed to be ground fault-tolerant, which means the fire alarm will work with ground faults on the panel. It is, however, important to fix the ground fault before it damages the alarm panel. Leaving a ground fault puts stress on the charging system and will eventually shorten the battery life.
Fire alarm systems have a timer test that verifies that both phone lines are connected and able to call out. This test is conducted at least once every 24 hours. If there is a problem with the phone lines, you will receive a call from the monitoring station.
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