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By Lanny Ray
January 2010 -
Fire Safety/Protection Article Use Policy
Depending on the age of the fire-alarm and detection system, modifications to the system, and facility conditions, managers might need to pay closer attention to overall system maintenance.
These maintenance activities can be as minor as cleaning smoke-detector sensing chambers or replacing devices that are damaged or not operating properly. Maintenance also can be as major as replacing non-operational fire-alarm panels. Licensed fire-alarm companies with the appropriate personnel must conduct this maintenance.
Records, including the system's original as-built shop drawings, operation and maintenance manuals, and the written sequence of operations, provide system operation and layout information for the testing agency.
This information is crucial, especially when the fire-alarm and detection system interfaces to other building equipment, such as:
Inspection records also provide information about previous system testing and deficiencies encountered during that testing.
Fire Safety: The Goals of Visual Inspections
Fire Safety: Test Systems to Comply with NFPA 72
Fire-Alarm and Detection Systems: Common Maintenance Activities
Trouble Spots for Fire-Alarm and Detection Systems
Fire Safety: Keys to Successful Inspection and Testing Procedures