Commercial fire alarm systems must be regularly tested and professionally maintained. When systems fail, it is often because testing and maintenance schedules have not been rigorously adhered to. When it comes to ensuring the safety of personnel and the protection of property, the following are regular tests and routine maintenance functions that should not be ignored. Plus, it is also important to understand the difference between manual and automation testing for various parts of your business, as they can both offer benefits and disadvantages. Seeing as your business should be one of your top priorities, it would be worth considering this.

Batteries 101

Batteries have a limited shelf life and operational lifespan which is often between 3-5 years. These tiny components are crucial for providing power to your commercial fire alarm systems in both regular operating mode and when power is cut-off to the commercial fire alarm system. Batteries should be tested while under load and should have sufficient charge to power the system under normal operation. While batteries can function at 20% of capacity, it is recommended that they be replaced at no less than 50% as the failure rate below this level is significant.

Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors collect dust and other debris that circulates through the air. Over time, this can build up on the sensors which can lead to your commercial fire alarm systems failure to detect particulates from fires. This can delay the triggering of an alarm and lead to significant damage. The maintenance schedule for detectors depends heavily on the environment within which they are placed and business owners should adhere to the recommended testing and cleaning schedule issued by the manufacturer. In settings where there are large amounts of dust and debris, business owners should follow an accelerated cleaning schedule. Further, cleaning procedures should also be adhered to in order to avoid damaging the sensors. Following cleaning, smoke detectors should be tested to ensure that everything is working as designed.

Thermal Detectors

Thermal elements are highly sensitive to variations in temperature. However, this sensitivity degrades over time. This degradation is most pronounced when ports become clogged which in turn reduces their sensitivity to heat. Whether it is a rate of rise detector or a fixed temperature sensor, it is not uncommon for local fire codes to require businesses to replace as many as 10% of these sensors each year to ensure the functionality of your commercial fire alarm systems. Further, any sensor which has been activated by the application of heat should be replaced immediately.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Most CO detectors have an operational lifespan of just 5 years. These detectors should be regularly tested by applying canned CO to the sensor. Systems that fail to detect the presence of CO, or those that are beyond the five year operational limit should be replaced without delay.

Failures and Faults

Ground faults, relay failures, and notification failures should be addressed immediately. Systems that are not properly grounded or those with malfunctioning relays and circuit boards leave a business exposed to the ravages a fire can cause. These problems should be thoroughly investigated and malfunctioning wires and components should be promptly replaced. Following replacement, the commercial fire alarm system should be thoroughly tested to ensure that there are no further electrical problems within the system.

Commercial Fire Alarm Systems Software Faults

The majority of commercial fire alarm systems require regular updates to both the software and firmware. Failing to install these updates can cause critical system failures. As such, it is important to install all recommended updates and test systems once software and firmware updates are complete.

We invite you to contact 1st Alarm Fire at 800-276-5559 to learn more about testing and maintaining your commercial fire alarm system. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you perform the critical testing and maintenance tasks that will ensure your system functions in the event of an emergency.

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The team at 1st Alarm understands that you will have many burning questions on your mind when it comes time to choose the right commercial fire alarm system to protect your property. As a business owner, you know the importance of early fire detection and how it can save you from completely losing your property. 1st Alarm understands the importance as well and will be there for you 24/7 to ensure you are protected. We will also help you to create a fire safety policy for your employees to reduce injuries and prevent human loss should a fire occur. With 1st Alarm and an advanced commercial fire alarm system, you ensure your business is prepared adequately in the event a fire should happen in your business place.

1st Alarm is one of the biggest and best security companies in the region that specializes in both residential and commercial alarm systems as well as commercial fire alarm systems. Serving Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland / Odessa, El Paso, Abilene and San Angelo, we pride ourselves on buying local and hiring local whenever possible. We are committed to offering high quality, professional service with the utmost level of integrity. 1st Alarm is the best commercial fire alarm system company in our region as well. We have personnel trained and certified to meet your fire alarm system needs. To learn more about how our commercial fire alarm systems may be a great fit for your company, Request a Quote online or give us a call at 800-276-5559. You can even visit our office near you.