Fire Alarm System Inspection, Testing, & Maintenance
This course discusses responsibility for the elements of system inspection and maintenance programs, and what it takes to put these in place. Methods, timeframes and the program development will be examined.
Upon completion you should be able to:
- A properly operating fire alarm system needs a number of elements satisfied. First, it has to be designed to meet the needs of the owner; next, the correct equipment has to be used and the installation has to be proper; and, finally, the system has to be periodically maintained, inspected and tested.
- Once a system is properly designed and installed, inspection, testing and maintenance programs will dictate how well the system continues to meet its intended goals. Statistics show that systems periodically inspected and tested on a program-basis, and maintained per manufacturer's recommendations have lower failure rates.
- This course discusses who has the responsibility for the elements of system inspection and maintenance programs, and what it takes to put these elements in place. This course will also examine methods, timeframes, and inspection, testing, and maintenance program development.
Who Will Benefit
Anyone whose job involves designing, reviewing, evaluating or installing fire protection systems, including: designers, installers, engineers, electrical contractors, technicians, project managers, fire marshals, and architects
Minimum Computer System Requirements
- A fire alarm system is only as good as the last time it was subjected to a thorough inspection and test. Inspections reveal all of the problems that can affect the proper operation of the system.
- People often do things that make a system less likely to operate the way it was intended to operate. Coffee cups placed on detectors, valve switches damaged by the maintenance crews and changes in occupancies are all things that fire alarm inspections reveal.
- Inspections of different parts of the system are conducted at different frequencies based on history. Some items are more prone to be damaged and blocked than others are, thus different frequencies.
- Maintenance of fire alarm systems is relatively simple to figure out. The manufacturer's information on the different parts of the system dictates how it is maintained. There is no one generic system for fire alarm system maintenance; following the manufacturer's instructions and time frames are imperative.
- In today's world, the computer is a valuable tool in establishing maintenance and inspection records. Spreadsheets containing the dates different inspections are due, and when maintenance should be performed are easy to maintain documents. Instructions can also be put right into the spreadsheet so that inspections and maintenance operations are done properly and on time.
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