A quality fire alarm system is necessary to keep your employees and business safe in the event of a fire. Fire alarm and detection systems play a critical role in alerting building occupants of fires and allowing them the time that is needed to exit the burning building safely. A professional fire alarm inspection should be done at least once a year to ensure all system components are working correctly. Let’s discuss all that goes into a fire alarm inspection.
What Happens During a Fire Alarm Inspection?
Before the day of your inspection, it is a good idea to inform your employees and all other building occupants that there will be a fire alarm inspection happening. That way, they are not startled by the sound of the alarm and think there is an actual fire. The first step in your inspection occurs before the fire safety technicians get to the building. First, they must make the local fire department aware of any tests to avoid making a false alarm. Once on-site, the technician will examine all physical components of your system and conduct tests to ensure they are properly functioning. Some of the elements your technician will inspect include:
- Smoke and heat detectors
- Annunciators and zones
- Output relays and activations
- Flow switches, tamper switch, and low-pressure alarms
- Supervised control valves and switches
How Long Does an Inspection Last?
The fire alarm inspection process mainly depends on the size of your building. A standard system in a small facility might only take one or two hours. However, if your facility is larger with multiple buildings and a complicated alarm system, it could take multiple days to complete an inspection. No matter the size of your building, an inspection must be conducted thoroughly and should not be rushed.
Why Getting an Inspection is Crucial
Your fire alarm is the first line of defense against a residential or commercial fire. Fire alarm systems may seem simple, but there are many complicated components and potential risks involved. Just one seemingly unimportant issue with any of the components could result in your system failing in the event of a fire. This could result in personal injury, property damage, and loss of life.
At Judd Fire Protection, our mission is to provide reliable protection to your property and loved ones. Our Inspection and Service department technicians have over 65 years of combined experience and are certified by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies.
Commercial and Residential Fire Prevention from Judd Fire Protection
If you want to ensure your home and business are safe throughout the year, trust Judd Fire Protection, LLC. We have over two decades of experience designing, installing, inspecting, and repairing residential and commercial fire protection systems. We serve clients throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia. If you are interested in finding out more about our services and protecting your home and business, give us a call at 410-871-3480 or contact us online. For more fire safety tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.