As a building manager, we know that you wear many hats and juggle many tasks to make sure that your property is safe and operating effectively. With so much on your plate, the fire alarm system may not be your first priority. With a fire alarm safety inspection, help ensure that your fire alarm is working correctly and is inline with state and local safety codes.
A fire alarm inspection will test your systems to make sure that the following areas are functioning correctly:
- Smoke and heat detectors
- Manual pull stations
- Main alarm panel
- Notification appliances
- Duct detectors
- Communication devices
- Tamper devices
The fire alarm system inspection will also check the following processes:
- Testing/Cleaning your smoke detectors
- Making sure your alarm system meets the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes and standards.
- Inspecting all audible and visual devices to make sure that they are working correctly and that the sound level is calibrated correctly.
- Checking your heat detectors using a heat gun
- Verifying that your alarm activations are working properly.
Having a working fire alarm is crucial in saving lives during an unexpected and dangerous situation. In order to make sure that your systems are reliable, be sure to have your alarms inspected, tested and maintained regularly.
When to have your Fire Safety Systems Checked
Staying on top of your building’s safety is an important job. In order to make sure that both you and your tenants are safe in case of a dangerous fire emergency, it is crucial to stay up to date in your fire safety inspections.
Not sure when to have your systems inspected? Check out the list below to see when and how often your systems should be inspected.
- All fire extinguishers need annual maintenance performed by a certified technician but monthly inspections can be conducted in house or by a certified technician as well.
- Be sure to have your fire alarm tested and inspected annually.
Kitchen Suppression (Hood) Systems
- Kitchen suppression systems should be conducted semi annually along with exchanging or repairing your links.
- Be sure to have your sprinkler system inspected annually to make sure that your systems are working properly.
Sprinkler heads (UL)
- Quick response heads should be tested every 20 years.
- Wet sprinkler heads should be tested every 50 years.
- Dry sprinkler heads should be tested every 10 years.
Sensitivity Testing for Smoke Detectors
- Sensitivity testing should be conducted every two years for your smoke detectors.
- Backflow Systems should be inspected annually.
Be sure that you are up to date on all of your required inspections and maintenance for your fire and safety systems to make sure that you and your tenants are protected in case of a dangerous or life threatening situation. Schedule your inspection today!