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Fire Alarm Acceptance Testing – Part II

Posted on: October 31, 2012

Fire Alarm Acceptance Testing for Central Oregon AHJ’s – Part II

Installation Checks

Complete the following, and record the results on the testing documentation form (continued)

  • Confirm that the system control panel is properly grounded with a minimum 12 AWG conductor
  • Verify that all fuses are installed in all fire alarm modules and are proper rating
  • Confirm that conduit entry and wiring, including non-power limited, conforms with panel requirements and also that wiring is properly spaced

System Power Supply Testing General Requirements

If there is not battery standby

  • Confirm that the main power supply is provided by a dedicated branch of an emergency system in accordance with the National Electric Code, Articles 700, 701, or 702
  • Confirm with the electrical contractor that the jurisdiction’s electrical inspector has approved the emergency system installation

With the AC power applied

  • Confirm that the power-on indicator is illuminated

AC Power Fail Verification

  • With batteries connected, disconnect the main power supply to the FACP and verify

–FACP trouble tone sounds
–FACP system trouble indicator illuminates
–If available, the FACP alphanumeric display indicates the type of trouble
–FACP power-on indicator is off

  • Acknowledge the system trouble to silence the audible trouble signal
  • Verify the visible system trouble indicator is illuminated
  • Restore the main power supply to the FACP and verify

–System trouble indicator is off
–Power-on indicator illuminates

Verification of Re-Sound and Signal Silence

This test should be performed once at the control panel or each area on selective signaling systems. Consult the input/output matrix to determine specific notification appliance circuit operation

  • Initiate an alarm and verify

–FACP tone device sounds
–Notification appliance operate in designated areas
–Associated alarm indicator flashes on

  • Operate the alarm silence switch and, if applicable, acknowledge switch and verify

–FACP tone device silences
–Notification appliances cease operation
–Associated alarm indicator illuminates steadily

  • Activate a second initiating device and verify

–FACP tone device sounds
–Audible notification appliances re-sound is designated areas. Associated alarm indicator flashes on

  • Operate the alarm silence switch and, if applicable, acknowledge switch and verify

–FACP: tone device silences
–Notification appliances cease operation
–Associated alarm indicator illuminates steadily

  • Restore the initiating devices to normal, reset the FACP and verify that the system has returned to normal
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