Welcome back to another entry here on the Titan Alarm blog, where we cover all the information you need to keep your home, business, or any other building safe, secure, and protected.
Whether that’s addressing how to handle business fraud, preventing car break-ins, or anything in between. Our goal is to provide our readers with the information and know-how to make the right choices when it comes to their safety. This time we’re talking about fire system inspections and what you can expect from the process.
Fire System Inspection
Many home and business owners assume that their fire alarm system is working properly and is fully protecting their structure. And it makes sense, in a way, you’d expect to know if something was wrong, ‘No news is good news as the saying goes.’ However, as with all mechanical devices, fire alarm systems consist of numerous parts and components that can eventually wear out and require replacement. Generally, the older your system is, the greater the chance it could fail to perform when you need it the most. And even if your system was designed and installed by an experienced, certified installation company, the actual design and installation processes are conducted by human beings who are capable of making mistakes.
Previously on the Titan Alarm blog we talked about the importance of making fire system inspections an annual priority. It’s a crucial, necessary step in maintaining safety for your business and doing your due diligence. To sum up those points briefly, making inspections a priority identifies any potential problems before disaster strikes. It helps put a plan in place, building data that is key for putting together an education plan as well as aiding in pre-planning in the case of an emergency.
So, you know these inspections are important, you know you need to have them annually. Most jurisdictions require these inspections to be performed by a licensed professional each year. Just what can you expect from your fire system inspection?
What to Expect When We Inspect
You know your property is due for its annual inspection and you do a quick search to find who to handle it. You choose Titan Alarm, smart move, and now what?
It all starts with contact, whether through phone or email. After an appointment is scheduled, a trained state-certified technician will come to your building and work through a thorough proven checklist, inspecting, and performance testing every piece of your equipment and system.
Examples of what will be testing:
- Manual Fire Alarm Boxes
- Ion Detectors
- Photo Detectors
- Duct Detectors
- Heat Detectors
- Waterflow Switches
- Supervisory Switches
- Control Unit
- Interface Eq.
- Primary Power Supply
- Trouble Signals
- Disconnect Switches
- Ground-Fault Monitoring
- Booster Panels
- Voice Evac Panels
- Sprinkler Risers(s)
- Sprinkler Heads
- Control Valve(s)
- Tamper Switch(s)
- Waterflow Switch(s)
- Sprinkler Gauges
- Backflow Preventers
- Kitchen Hood Suppression Systems
- Fire Extinguishers
- Emergency Exit Lights
- Fire Pumps
- Backflow Preventers
And more! Fire alarm systems are made out of dozens of interconnected systems and features and all of them need to be properly inspected and tested to ensure safety and compliance with the AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction)
Want to see the checklist we run through with the specifics? It might not make much sense to you, but it gives you an idea of just how thorough Titan Alarm is when we do our fire system inspection.
After the inspection has been performed, our inspector fills out a report that details what items were inspected and informs you if the system has passed or if there are any deficiencies that need to be corrected on the system. This report will be emailed to you within a few days after the inspection has been completed. Common deficiencies can be fixed on the spot with your approval.
How Can You Prepare for Your Inspection
Want to be as ready as possible for your upcoming fire system inspection? Here are a few tips that will help the process go as smooth as possible.
You can speed up the process by making sure you know where all components of your system are located. If you have documentation, monitoring information along with any city reports that show prior inspections and performance, have that on hand. Make sure all doors, entrances, and exits, are unblocked and able to be used. Be prepared to provide the Titan team access to the facility with keys, key cards and staff to provide access. Sometimes having a knowledgeable employee or occupant on hand to work with the Titan inspector can be beneficial – showing us where everything is. It can also give you long term value as that person becomes more knowledgeable about the process, what inspectors are looking for and what to pay attention to in between inspections.
When applicable, give tenants notice, such as businesses within a larger plaza, apartment or condo renters, etc. (Notifying occupants the Fire Alarm system will be activated during that time)
The process doesn’t just end with the fire system inspection. If anything is not up to NFPA standard we’ll immediately begin to work with you to develop a plan to get your fire system working up to NFPA standard and to help you make sure your building is compliant with local law and AHJ requirements.
So, what do you say? Ready for your inspection? Give Titan Alarm a call today and together we’ll make sure your building is safe and ready for anything!