Smoke Alarm Testing

Smoke alarms are required to be tested periodically to ensure that they are working properly. Both single and multiple station smoke alarms in multi-family dwellings are required to be tested monthly by the dwelling unit tenant or owner following the manufacturer’s instructions. Certain building uses, such as hotels & dormitories, use a combination of corridor smoke detection and single and multiple station smoke alarms as part of the required fire detection, alarm and communication system. Single and multiple station smoke alarms installed in buildings other than multi-family dwellings are required to be inspected and tested as part of the fire alarms system. Fire alarm systems are required to be inspected and tested at least annually covering all intervals of testing frequency for the system. A person certified under the code must do the inspection and testing of the fire alarm system. The certified person must include the single and multiple station smoke alarms in the testing being performed and any documentation on the system. [National Fire Alarm Code Chapter10]

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