Fire Alarm System Testing
Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.10
Expected Duration: 1 Hour
This self-paced online course covers the proper method of testing and the frequency that tests should be conducted for fire alarm system components.
Upon completion you should be able to:
- List the elements which are required for a fire alarm system testing plan
- List the responsibilities of the owner relative to fire alarm system testing
- Explain the need for an impairment plan as it applies to fire alarm system testing
- Define key terms, including test, impairment to fire alarm systems, initiating device, notification appliance, detector sensitivity, solid joist (relative to heat detectors), supervisory signal, alarm signal, and trouble signal
- Explain how to determine the proper methods for testing fire alarm system components
- Explain how to determine the proper frequency for testing fire alarm system components
- List the equipment required to properly test components and conductors in a fire alarm system
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.
- It is often said that something is only as good as the last time it was tested...and this applies to fire alarm system components as well. The proper method of testing and the frequency that tests should be conducted is extremely important to the proper operation a the fire alarm system.
- Components are tested in the manner that most closely resembles the way they will operate in an emergency. Proper testing procedures are outlined in the National Fire Alarm Code, NFPA 72, and in the product information that is part of the listing of the component.
- Most notification appliances are tested annually by making them operate. Measurements are required for audibility, and sometimes, measuring intelligibility is required. These measurements require the use of measurement equipment, such as a sound level meter. Visible notification appliances are not required to be measured, as the proper selection and installation ensures proper illumination levels.
- Initiating devices are tested based on the type of device involved. This applies to both the method of testing, and the frequency of testing. Most alarm signal initiating devices are tested annually, but more sophisticated devices, such as flame detectors, are tested more often. Supervisory devices are typically tested on a quarterly basis, again, with some exceptions. NFPA 72 outlines the testing frequency requirements.