Commercial fire alarms must be inspected, tested and maintained regularly otherwise they will not provide protection when a fire begins to smolder. A thorough inspection requires visually inspecting the system for signs of damage as well as testing electronics and other components to ensure they are functioning the way they are intended. Failing to inspect and maintain the system in accordance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidelines can lead to legal liability and negate insurance coverage in the event of a fire. With regular repairs and maintenance, a commercial fire alarm system can be expected to provide protection for up to 20 years. However, this lifespan can vary considerably depending on system design, environment, and the quality of the components used in the system.

Every commercial fire alarm system inspection should begin with a visual inspection for signs of damage

Visual inspections should take place at least once every month. Any components that are damaged by wear and tear or vandalism should be refurbished or replaced immediately. This protects the integrity of the system and helps ensure that the system won’t fail in an emergency.

It is critical to have commercial fire alarm systems tested by trained professionals

In addition to a physical inspection of components, it is critical to have the electronics tested by a trained professional. These tests should be conducted at least once per year. For older systems, it is advisable to conduct these tests twice per year. A trained professional will test and calibrate the flame and smoke detectors in accordance with the recommendations made by the manufacturer.  Part of the testing will require the inspector to simulate inputs, interfaces, and test the annunciators to ensure they have the proper sensitivity and relay the appropriate warning signals. The inspection of the electronic components will also entail coordinating the test with the local fire department and alarm monitoring company to ensure the signals are accurately relayed and received. Finally, the systems electronic components and battery will be tested for loose wires and signs of corrosion. Because the electronics package is the heart of modern alarm systems, it is absolutely essential that the inspector pay close attention to the details inherent to checking the electrical components.

Trying to save money could be more costly in the long run

It is not uncommon for companies to attempt to perform these inspections in house in order to save time and money. While this can save money, it can cost lives. While maintenance teams can spot visual signs of damage, they most likely do not have the training required to repair and replace components within the system. When untrained personnel conduct these repairs, they can negate warranties offered by the manufacturer and expose the property owner to legal liability if a fire breaks out. Hiring trained service technicians or relying on factory service agreements to perform maintenance is an investment that is worth every penny. In fact, many agreements offer on-call provisions which facilitate a rapid response to problems such as leaks, electrical shorting, and system failures that place lives and property at risk.

Put Your Trust in a Reliable Commercial Fire Alarm Monitoring Company

The 1st Alarm team understands your commercial fire alarm systems needs. 1st Alarm knows how to protect our clients from the dangers of fire and the damage it can cause. Our commercial fire alarm monitoring services protect businesses in Abilene, Amarillo, El Paso, Lubbock, Midland, and San Angelo. Contact us to learn more about the myriad of ways our fire alarm monitoring can protect your business. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you determine the best systems and monitoring plan for your budget and operational needs.

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.