Fire alarm systems are designed to protect people, but fire alarm systems only work when they are supposed to if proper maintenance practices are followed. You can never anticipate an emergency, but you can make sure that you are prepared when on happens. To protect yourself and others, there are a few things everyone needs to know about firm alarm maintenance.
What You Need to Know About Fire Alarm Maintenance
Know Your Fire Alarm System’s Age
As a fire alarm system ages, it will require different maintenance needs. Knowing the age of your fire alarm can help you anticipates maintenance needs and repairs down the road. For systems between the ages of five-10, component breakdown can start to occur because of environmental factors. Temperature, humidity and voltage fluctuations can all cause breakdowns. Systems that are between 10-15 years old can still work properly but more maintenance is needed. Systems that are 20 years or older can still work, but there will be need for extensive maintenance.
Maintenance Activities for Fire Alarms
One of the most important aspects of fire alarm maintenance is to test and calibrate all of the sensors. Your manufacturer should have provided exact specifications. You will need to know about the different sensors, failure modes and re-installation requirements before thoroughly testing your fire alarm system.
Annual Tests for Fire Alarms
Follow your manufacturers’ guidelines and recommendations, but most will suggest one full annual test and inspection after the installation is installed and accepted. Depending on where you live, there may be certain agencies that require certain testing intervals. There are generally minimum requirements from the agencies, so it’s important to follow the guidelines. Proper fire alarm maintenance is more about just following codes, however, as its meant to ensure safety incase of an emergency.
No matter your needs, Biles Fire Protection Services can design and install a system that will work for you. We are proud to offer top-notch customer service including fast response times, reliable support, and affordable prices. We are certified through the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies and have the knowledge and experience to create the right fire protection system for your home or business. To learn more about what we have to offer, give us a call at 443-701-8330, send us an email, or request a quote online.