Fire alarms systems vary according to building classifications. Typical systems for high rise office buildings, hospitals and hotels will be distinctly different in design and features. One element is similar, however, and that is the need for a regular fire alarm inspection performed by certified inspectors. This is done to ensure that the systems are in compliance with local and national codes, working properly and are sufficient for the building purpose and layout.
Companies must be 100% committed to performance testing of your fire detection and alarm systems.
How Reliable Are Fire Alarm Systems?
There is no standard answer to the question of reliability of all the systems installed in the past 20 years or so. The factors contributing to the reliability of the system are the quality of the manufacturing of each component, competence of the designer and collaborators, installation techniques and the quality and frequency of ongoing inspections and maintenance.
But before a faulty part, design or installation proves to create a major malfunction, initial inspections and maintenance may have uncovered the problem.
There are minimum standards for inspection and testing referenced in NFPA standards. The National Fire Alarm Code has long recommended visual inspection twice-per-year, and functional testing annually to make sure the parts are working properly. Sensitivity testing for smoke and gas is another required test. This test is normally required with the first year and every year after. It is a documented fact the regular testing leads to better performing systems.
Today’s smart systems have the ability to monitor themselves to a significant degree. Circuit breaks or malfunctions anywhere on the system it will signal trouble and a certified technician can immediately identify and resolve the source of the problem in a short time. Saving billable technician hours.
Fire and Life Safety Inspection Manual Guidelines
There are a number of complicated checklists in existence that define stringent inspection processes. One publication, the NFPA inspection manual has been developed to provide a detailed fire detection system checklist that outlines the method and frequency that the multitude of components of the system should be inspected. The format is intended to focus specifically on life safety considerations using functional and calibration techniques.
Regular Preventative Maintenance
Regular preventative inspection, testing and maintenance by a certified technician can eliminate any uncertainties about the health of the fire alarm system. Similar to an insurance policy, employing a regular fire alarm inspection and maintenance service will help to eliminate the chance of a potential malfunction and promote peace of among for the building management staff.
One company in the Chicagoland area, High Rise Security Systems (HRSS), designs, sells, installs and maintains sophisticated fire, smoke and gas detection systems for every building classification. The company has partnered with the leading manufacturer of safety systems, Notifier by Honeywell, to provide a full range of products. The technicians at HRSS install systems with sprinklers or without, which are fully integrated to be monitored from a single location. Fire alarm inspection is a key part of any building. For fire alarm inspection, HRSS can provide frequent maintenance and testing visits to keep your system in top condition and functionality, ensuring “All systems Normal” banner on your installed system.