Fire alarm testing standards
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and many local municipal codes, it is necessary to have the fire and sprinkler systems in commercial buildings tested periodically. Most cities and towns state this as a requirement to have occupancy. Regularly inspected fire devices reduces the risk of malfunctioning in the event of a fire. Like many electronics, fire alarm panels can degrade over time. As a result, they can hurt the system’s operation. Dust, dirt, and damage to fire safety devices are common occurrences over time.
The also NFPA sets strict guidelines for the installation, maintenance, and performance of fire alarm systems. The Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) sets the local code. You can find out precisely who your AHJ is by contacting the fire marshal in your district.
Picking an experienced, reputable company, which employs certified and trained fire testing personnel, is essential. Safe Systems is a one-stop-shop that can inspect all fire systems, sprinklers, backflows, and extinguishers, keep track of when everything is due, and provide detailed quality reports for your records.
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Benefits from fire alarm testing
- A safer work environment
- A higher resale value for your building
- Lower insurance premiums
- Risk mitigation from fire Loss
- Avoidance of fire code violations
- Reduction of fines due to false alarms
Scheduling a fire alarm test
NFPA guidelines specify the intervals between fire alarm tests. They can be annual, bi-annual, or another time frame.
First, we schedule testing around your time. It means the smallest interruption to your business. Second, a technician will come to your facility to make a list of your devices. They will then perform the required tests for each. Some are visual. Others might involve triggering alarms. After the test is complete, you will receive a full report to keep on file.
Working with the right fire alarm company
Some service providers perform fire testing without licenses. Some business owners accept the simple “look up at the ceiling for smoke detectors method” to indicate that devices are functioning in some instances. Our technicians take it upon themselves to examine every fire detection device in your facility. They also perform tests according to local regulations. Safe System’s fire technicians are licensed to inspect and test any fire panel and document it regardless of the product or code type. You can view our certifications on the NICET website.
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Contact our expert sales team to learn more about how Fire Alarm Inspections can protect your business and save you money. We have completed thousands of tests in our years of service.
Safe Systems is one of the largest alarm firms in Colorado. It has been family-owned since 1982. Safe Systems provides business alarms, fire alarms, card access, security cameras, and home security systems. Our main office is in the Denver metro area. We service all of Denver, Boulder County, Northern Colorado, the Eastern Plains, and Colorado Springs.
The bottom line is that Safe Systems would like a chance to earn your business. We feel that we can do an outstanding job of protecting your home or business. To that end, we frequently offer new customers incentives to activate monitoring of an existing system with us. Check out the Switch Provider page of our website or call 303.448.4357 for more information.