Why have a fire alarm company inspect your system?
Most cities in Illinois follow standards from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) . As a result, they adopt certain requirements for properties with occupancy.
Many facility managers have negative views of fire inspection. They do not see the benefits of complete business security. Despite that testing shows whether your fire products meet criteria set by the association.
The NFPA sets strict guidelines for the installation, maintenance, and performance of fire alarm systems in Illinois. the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) sets the local code. You can find out exactly who your AHJ is by contacting the fire marshal in your district.
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What is involved in a fire alarm system test?
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. He will then perform the required tests for each. Some are visual. Others might involve triggering alarms.
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.
After the test is complete, you will receive a complete report to keep on file. NFPA guidelines specify the intervals between fire alarm tests. They can be annual, bi-annual, or another time frame.
Benefits from testing
- A safer work environment
- Improved resale value of your building
- Lower insurance premiums
- Risk mitigation from fire Loss
- Avoid fire code violation
- Reduce fines due to false alarms
Find the right company
Understand some companies perform fire testing without licenses. In certain cases, some business owners accept the simple “look up at the ceiling for smoke detectors method” as an indication that devices are functioning.
Then know if a company has the right qualifications to do fire testing. Next, search their credentials through the NICET website. Because testers will have the right certifications listed. Most fire departments in Illinois require that you submit your annual test for inspection.
In conclusion, You do not want tests from by an unlicensed company. Doing some of the homework will save you problems down the road.
Fire alarm systems protect people, property and other assets.
About Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
Alarm Detection Systems is one of the largest alarm firms in the country. Family-owned since 1968, we provide business alarms, fire alarms, card access, security cameras, and home security systems. Proudly servicing Chicagoland, Northern Illinois, Northwest Indiana, and Southern Wisconsin in the Midwest. Call us at 630.844.6300 for more information.