Fire Alarm Acceptance Testing - Part V

Fire Alarm Acceptance Testing for Central Oregon AHJ's - Part V

  • Mechanical Fixed-Temperature Heat Detectors

- Remove the "keyed" restorable heat element to initiate an alarm from each detector

- For non-keyed detectors, initiate an alarm by shorting across the terminals of each detector

- After each alarm is confirmed, reinstall the heat element where applicable, and reset the system


  • Electronic Heat Detectors

- Activate every electronic heat detector using the SOLO test tool or other approved method. Caution must be used in choosing the heat source so as not to damage the unit


  • Linear Heat Detection

- Verify that linear heat detection is tested accordingto them anufacturer's instrutions


  • Radiant-Energy (Flame) Detectors

- Verify that each radiant detector is tested according to the manufacturer's instructions

  • Air Sampling Detection

- Air flow through all ports shall be verified for operation

- Alarm response shall be verified through the last port on each pipe run


  • Projected-Beam Smoke Detectors

- Confirm that the line of sight between the transmitter and receiver of each beam detector is not above any ceiling fans and is clear of any obstructions

- Verify that all detectors are placed in accordance with building plans

- Activate every projected-beam detector by obscuring the beam using the filter kit

- Verify that each radiant detector is tested according to the manufacturer's instructions


  • Sprinkler System Switches

This testing must be conducted in cooperation with the sprinkler contractor.

- The Sprinkler contractor shall initiate an alarm from every flow switch by flowing water at the appropriate sprinkler system inspector's test valve (Manually operating a flow switch is not an acceptable method)

- Confirm that the retard mechanism is correctly set by verifying that an alarm occurs within 90 seconds after starting water flow

- Move every sprinkler valve off-normal and confirm a supervisory signal at the FACP

- Confirm supervisory signals at the FACP for any other supervisory devices, such as fire pump running