Fire Alarm Testing Vital to Performance and Cost Savings

Fire Alarm Testing Vital to Performance and Cost Savings

fire alarm testingFire alarm detection and warning systems should be considered one of the most important parts of a building, in addition to the steel, walls and windows.  Consideration of the safety of your occupants, whether family, employees or the public, should be the number one concern for any building owner.   Owners of commercial properties open to the public must work closely with electrical engineers and fire and safety companies to maintain a fire alarm system that will perform in times of emergency.   

Maintaining these systems with regular inspections and testing is vital to performance, while realizing cost savings.  Finding a faulty electrical component before it burns out a larger unit or causes a system breakdown will save money in the long run.

Fire Alarm System Parts and Components

Fire and safety systems today are high tech, with wireless devices connecting to computerized fire alarm control panels maintaining everything from detection, warning systems with strobes and / or audible exit instructions, elevator recall and automatic door unlocking for a safe exit.  

The smart sensors used are sensitive to gas, smoke and fire, and can alert the system as to the location of the origin of a fire or gas leak.  There are various makes and models of high-tech sensors.   A fire and safety company providing your testing should be familiar with all systems, parts and components, including knowledge of manufacture testing requirements, installation instructions and failure mode.

The electrical wiring, cables and wireless devices must all work together without any weak link in the chain.  All components should be tested thoroughly, for optimum signal strength and integrity of the wiring.  Dust, dirt, and various contaminants can affect the life of electrical devices, and greatly affect and even cause a failure in performance.  

Fire Alarm Control Panels can also accumulate dust or debris, depending on the condition of the environment the system is maintained.  The guidelines established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are strictly the bare minimum requirements for compliance.  In certain manufacturing settings, the environment may expose the fire alarm system to harsher conditions, thus wearing on the components quicker.  

It is always a good idea to speak with a fire and safety system specialist, who can recommend the proper testing intervals to maintain your system in optimum working performance mode.  

Keep Your System Ready at All Times

Familiarity with the fire safety system is a must for building safety managers, and easy access to your system manual is always a good idea.  Only licensed fire and safety system specialists should perform testing and inspections on your system, and having access to the original manufacturers system manual and all maintenance history is important information.  

Fire Alarm Testing and Inspection Beyond Bare Minimum

When it comes to your fire and safety system, nothing should be left to chance.  You should be fully aware of what could possibly go wrong, and how to respond.  Using the services of a professional fire consulting firm to establish a compliant design, with sensors in required locations, strobes and audibles utilized where necessary, and reliable and dependable inspections, testing and monitoring will take a burden off of building owners and safety managers.   

Working together, we can ensure the safety of your occupants, whether in a simple low-rise structure, or complicated high-rises with several floors and rooms.  We are a professional firm working closely with electrical engineers and building developers to maintain not only a compliant system, but a high-performing state-of-the-art fire detection and warning system.  High Rise Security Systems is experienced with protecting large commercial complexes including campuses and hospitals.  

High Rise Security Systems has the knowledge and experience to ensure that your system is up to code, and maintained with the optimum inspection and testing schedule for your unique environment.  Contact us today to speak with one of our fire and safety system specialists.


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