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Fire Alarm Acceptance Testing – Part V

Posted on: December 3, 2012

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

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