Oftentimes, whenever a fire alarm inspection is mentioned, it can be difficult to determine exactly what this type of process involves. This is especially the case due in large part to the fact that different companies adopt different processes in terms of how they conduct their own fire alarm inspections.

Here are four of the most common situations that can generally occur during a basic fire alarm inspection.

*First and foremost, one of the most common situations that can take place during a fire alarm inspection is the pre-testing procedure. This involves a technician, a local fire chief, and a property manager all getting together and coordinating with one another at the building where the inspection will be taking place. During this meeting, the fire chief will inform the dispatcher that the test will be performed at the facility in order to assure them that no false alarms will be occurring. Additionally, it will also ensure that there is an acceptable amount of time to relay the message from the building’s alarm panel to the alarm monitoring company, then to the dispatcher and finally to the fire chief.

*Another common situation that often takes place during a fire alarm inspection is the pulling of all of the manual fire alarms. This is a step that often requires two technicians – one to pull the alarms and another to remain at the fire alarm panel in order to see what the panel itself displays, essentially acknowledging that the panel actually received the request. When the alarm itself is triggered, the panel will be reset by the technician, while the other technician will then move to the next alarm that needs to be pulled.

*One other common situation that generally takes place during the inspection of a fire alarm is checking to ensure that the building’s HVAC system shuts off when the fire alarm has been triggered. The main reason for this is because in the event that the HVAC system itself were to continue to operate after the fire alarm were to be triggered, this would result in additional air being fed into the building, which would cause the fire to spread and cause even more extensive amounts of damage as a result.

*Another situation that commonly occurs during a fire alarm inspection involves the testing of heat detectors. These are often installed in buildings that are inspected; however, the biggest issue when it comes to inspecting these is that heat detectors can only be used once, as they have a glass shell that end up breaking once they reach a specific temperature. In order to properly inspect these without actually breaking the glass, many companies will often provide a short in the detector, essentially simulating what would happen if the temperature were to reach that specific level to cause the glass to break. Causing this short in the heat detector will result in triggering an alert to the fire alarm panel, which the technician will note before then resetting the alarm before then moving on to the next heat detector.

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