There are a number of additional testing and inspection Clauses that are NOT identified on the form. We urge anyone engaged in servicing these devices to avail themselves of the Standard in order to ensure compliance with the Fire Code and the Authority Having Jurisdiction. Data Communication Link Testing of the form. The fire alarm system inspection and test section includes all the documentation required by NFPA Chapter 14, but draws heavily on the more detailed check-list items included in the Canadian Standards.
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We provide expert inspection services to all makes and models of fire alarm and extinguishment systems. For more information you can email us or telephone The audible signals can consist of bells or buzzers, but in some systems, an alarm tone is generated through a series of speakers located on each floor of the premise.
Where hearing impaired patients or occupants are located, it is usual to have strobe lights located along corridors and in individual rooms to indicate an emergency condition exists in the building. The common control employs several features to enable the occupants to identify any specific problems within the system.
Correction of any troubles should be left in the hands of a trained Anubis Systems Technologies fire alarm service technician. Most fire alarm systems employ zoned annunciators so that fire fighting personnel can be dispatched to the proper area of the building. You can download a convenient monthly test record in PDF format. It might be a good idea to suggest that they practice their individual escape plans during the test as well. The montly test is to ensure that all audible and visual alarm indicators function properly and are loud or visible enough to alert all the occupants to a fire condition.
Annual Testing - The Annual Test of the fire alarm system is performed by qualified technical personnel to a specific National Standard.
There are a number of companies in the Lower Mainland that perform this service. In some municipalities e. Vancouver, Richmond, and Langley , the individuals performing annual testing must be registered by ASTTBC or certified by an agency recognized by the local authority.
As we noted on the Services page, very few of the service agencies which are engaged in providing annual testing actually perform this to the level required by the Standard. This form must include without exception the following: A specific reference to the Standard on the front page of the report i. Zones or module numbers if the system being tested is addressable must be recorded for each field device on the Individual Device Test Record; End-of-Line devices resistors - these have to be listed along with their locations on the Individual Device Test Record and specific testing must be conducted that requires their physical dismounting and re-installation; Isolators data buss, power buss, and in-suite signal isolators - these have to be listed on the Individual Device Test Record including a reference to their actual location and some may require physical dismounting in order to affect a proper test; Smoke detector sensitivity readings - results must be recorded on the Individual Device Test Record.
Your service agency MUST identify those detectors that it could not perform this test on. Batteries must be subjected to one of FIVE 5 test methodologies the fifth one involves replacement of the batteries with a new set ; Gen-sets if part of the emergency power supply must be tested for run and trouble indications at the fire alarm control. Fuel levels and a low fuel trouble indication the low fuel alarm set point should be checked to ensure the unit is able to deliver emergency power for the duration required by the Building Code for the type of occupancy; In-suite signals if equipped with a silence feature must be checked for proper operation of the silence function including resounding if signals are silenced and a second alarm zone is activated ; Duct mounted smoke detectors must be individually tested and some rather detailed results recorded namely the differential pressure and the sensitivity reading on the Individual Device Test Record; Stand-alone capabilities of networked systems must be tested and properly documented; Sprinkler system interconnection isolation valve supervisory signals, flow switch alarm, tamper, low temperature, heat trace controller trouble and supervisory, low air, etc.
The function of the various relays correlated to these devices must, however, be individually recorded. More importantly, if the service agency employs ASTTBC RFPTs, then Article 9 of the Practice Guideline requires them to test and inspect: Door holders and releases you, as the building owner, should know the difference and how they operate on a fire alarm activation ; Elevator recall functions general alarm homing, alternate floor homing, and machine room and shaft fire operation ; Smoke control functions electrically operated dampers, fans, pressurization fans, etc.
Supporting field devices must also be listed. These are the units that provide an interconnection to conventionally wired devices like manual pull stations, sprinkler isolation valves, flow switches, low air and the like; If your system employs a UDACT communicator, the technician must ensure that appropriate signals generated by the system during the testing must be received at the monitoring station; Field addressable relay modules must be listed on the Individual Device Test Record, and their locations and function documented.
While advances continue to be made in the technology, the need for maintaining proper testing records becomes even more important.
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Ararr Consider calling us even if you contemplate employing another agency to perform the verification. For a no obligation survey and quotation on your specific job, please feel free to Contact Us. How much do you charge for a Fire Alarm Verification? These charges are valid for most Lower Mainland jurisdictions and are posted here as a general guide. GST is of course, extra. In some instances, the Electrical Design Engineer is involved in ylc process as well. What about annual inspections?