A Guide to Commercial Fire Alarm Testing

# Inspection services for commercial fire alarm systems

When it comes to the health and safety of those within your commercial property, a well-functioning fire alarm system is crucial. A building's system should be tested regularly to ensure it will function as expected during an emergency. Here's a closer look at routine testing and the peace of mind it brings.

How Often Should a Fire Alarm System Be Tested? 

The National Fire Protection Association creates guidelines for the testing and maintenance of fire protection equipment. This organization generally recommends yearly testing of all equipment, whether a building has an alarm system, overhead fire sprinkler system, or both. Additionally, you must also abide by any state or local fire codes that exist where you live. 

What Happens During an Inspection?fire alarms

An inspector will meticulously test each component of your fire alarm system to see if it's functioning as expected. Next, control panels and power supplies will be assessed, as they're responsible for operating different forms of alarm and protection equipment.

The inspector will also look for defects in the system, such as frayed wires or cables, as well as make recommendations on how to repair these components. 

What Are the Benefits of Regular Testing?

Regular testing keeps all occupants of a building safe in the event of a fire. You can rest easy knowing occupants will be alerted to a fire immediately and able to evacuate the building using clearly lit exit signs and emergency lights. 

While the safety of people is paramount, routine testing also prevents your business from being subject to expensive fines and penalties. A faulty system may not function when expected, but it can also provide false alarms. If your building issues too many false alarms, you could be fined by local safety organizations.