Fire Alarm Testing and Operation

A fire alarm system is required to be inspected and tested at least once a year, covering all intervals of testing requirements, by a person certified to work on fire alarm systems. [sections NFPA 1:1.13.1(6) & 1:4.5.8.4 as amended] Before beginning any testing the person certified to work on fire alarm systems is required to notify building occupants and any facility receiving alarm, supervisory or trouble signals to prevent unnecessary response to the alarm or interruption of critical building systems. Where a required fire alarm system is out of service for inspection, testing or maintenance, for more than 4 hours in a 24 hour period, the person certified to work on fire alarm systems is required to notify the fire department and the division of fire safety, and provide an approved fire watch for the area of the building effected by the shutdown of the fire alarm system. [sections NFPA 72:10.2.3 & 101:9.6.1.7]

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