About Fire Alarm Testing, Inc.
Our story begins in 2014. Since then, Fire Alarm Testing Inc. has kept the residents of the Bay Area Safe. We’ve got the latest equipment and well-trained Technicians, allowing us to ensure the safety of every Fire Alarm System that we Test or Monitor. Our Customers have come to rely on us and we’re proud to serve them and take care of each and every one of them with passion and care. We take the issue of Fire and Life Safety very seriously. At Fire Alarm Testing Inc., the well-being of our community is our ultimate goal. Call us anytime and we will always do our best to serve you.
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- Pre-test: Fire Alarm Testing Inc. will alarm a city fire chief and a property manager to coordinate a meeting together at the facility to be fire alarm tested.
- Test Primary and Secondary Phone Lines: Once the fire alarm is activated, our team will set off the alarm using one phone line at a time.
- Test Backup Battery: Back to the fire alarm panel, there will be a separate section dedicated to the backup batteries that will provide power in case of a loss of power.
- Alarm Sound Testing: After activating the alarm, we will go to every floor and check if there was a sound and see if the horn strobes were lighting.
- Pull Manual Fire Alarms: One technician will go around activating (pulling the alarms, while the other is at the panel acknowledging that the fire panel received the request, Once the alarm is activated, the technician must. Reset the panel, then the other technician will move onto the next alarm.
- Test Heat Detectors: Heat detectors that are installed around the building need to be inspected as well. A short in the detector can send an alert to the fire alarm panel.
- Perform Sensitivity Test: The smoke sector sensitivity test is done to make sure the smoke detectors work properly.
- Check HVAC Shut-Off: Another part of a fire alarm inspection is to make sure that when the fire alarm is activated, the HVAC system shuts off.
- Document Everything: For every HVAC unit, fire alarm panel heat detector, smoke detector, and manual pull station, there needs to be documentation for a few reasons:
- The property manager knows what has been inspected.
- The fire protection company knows the locations of fire instruments for the next inspection.
- Invoicing can be accurate.
- Ionization Smoke Alarms: These detectors are excellent at detecting fast-burning fires. These are the cheapest and cost little to purchase. They are highly sensitive to small particles of smoke produced by fast flaming fires, such as papers and wood, and will detect this type of fire before the smoke gets too thick.
- Photoelectric (Optical) Alarms: These detectors are effective at detecting larger particles of smoke from slow-burning, smoldering fires.
- Combination of Ionization and Photoelectric (Multi-sensor) Alarms: These are designed to be sensitive to a wide range of fires and provide a faster reaction to both fast-flaming and slow smoldering fires.
- Most fire alarms provide information about where the fire is located to emergency responders.
- An undetected malfunction in this information delivery process could delay firefighting efforts.
- False alarms could disrupt your daily operations and needlessly dispatch fire trucks to your location, possibly resulting in fees for repeat offenses.
- The alarm could fail to go off properly in a fire, putting people’s lives at risk.
- You could be fined for failing to comply with fire safety codes.
- Your insurance carrier may reject your claim without proof of annual fire alarm inspections.
- Your liability for potential injuries or loss of life skyrockets if you neglect your fire alarm system.
Items to be inspected and tested includes:
- Smoke and heat detectors
- Annunciators and zones
- Output relays and activations
- Flow switches, tamper switch, and low-pressure alarms
- Supervised control valves and switches.
- Heat: Heat detectors work by detecting an increase in air temperature caused by flames. While these detectors have been known to trigger a few false alarms, they have a longer reaction time than other smoke detectors.
- Combination of Ionization/Photoelectric
- Fire alarm initiating devices.
- Fire notification devices.
- Fire alarm control panel.
- Primary power supply.
- Backup power supply.
Here’s how you can clean alarms:
Turn off mains power to the alarm and the green light should go out
- With the thin nozzle attachment, vacuum around the vents.
- Clean the cover using a damp cloth and dry with a lint free cloth.
Turn the mains power back on and the green light should be on.