The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets forth requirements for testing, inspection, and maintenance of a commercial fire alarm system. These are listed under the National Fire Alarm Code also known as NPFA-72. In Texas, businesses are required to adhere to these standards in order to receive and maintain their certificate of occupancy.

Required Annual Tests for a Commercial Fire Alarm System

For a commercial fire alarm system connected to a supervising station, businesses are required to test the fire alarm’s functions, fuses, interfaces, lamps/LEDs, power supplies, and transponders on an annual basis. This includes testing batteries, fiber-optic power cables, control units, and annunciators. Initiating devices must also be tested annually. These include duct detectors, fire suppression systems, fire/gas detectors, heat detectors, radiant energy detectors, and smoke detectors. The code requires testing on all digital alarm transmitters, digital radio alarm transmitters, and McCulloh transmitters.

Required Semi-Annual Inspections for a Commercial Fire Alarm System

Semi-annual inspections are required for radiant energy fire detectors and batteries.

Required Quarterly Tests for a Commercial Fire Alarm System

For a commercial fire alarm system that is not connected to a supervising station, businesses are required to test the functions, fuses, interfaces, LEDs/lamps, power supplies including batteries and cables, and transponders on a quarterly basis. Businesses are also required to test the supervisory signal devices and off premises transmission equipment.

Required Monthly Inspections for a Commercial Fire Alarm System

Business owners must inspect batteries including lead acid batteries and dry cell batteries. It is also crucial that supervising station fire alarms are tested monthly including the digital alarm communication receiver, digital alarm radio receiver, McCulloh system, two-way RF multiplex, radio alarm supervising station receiver, private microwave, and radio alarm repeater station receiver.

The Importance of Testing

Testing does more than just allowing a business to stay in business. It ensures that your commercial fire alarm system will function properly when called upon to provide the necessary protection. The NFPA standards establish regulations regarding each testing and inspection requirement so that a commercial fire alarm system will perform properly if a fire breaks out. Failing to adhere to these standards can have serious consequences including revocation of certificate of occupancy, cancellation of insurance policies, denial of claims, and exposure to both civil and criminal liability if a fire breaks out and causes property damage, personal injuries, or wrongful deaths. While most standards remain relatively static and unchanged, advances in technology and system operation means that it is important to hire service technicians that are up-to-date with the current NFPA code and any changes to standards and requirements.

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.