Fire Alarm Requirements
Most occupied buildings have fire alarm systems, which are used to notify the occupants that they need to evacuate the area in the event of a fire. In modern fire alarm systems, it is common to find low-voltage addressable systems that can show the exact location where fire or smoke was detected. Some older systems, still in operation, contain conventional zoned fire alarm systems or bell and buzzer fire alarm systems that operate on 120-volts. The National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, NFPA 72, governs the standards for these systems. The code specifies the requirements for fire alarm inspection, testing, maintenance, design, and installation.
Altus’ technicians have a thorough knowledge of NFPA 72 requirements and how they apply to your facility. In order to keep you code compliant, we evaluate local fire alarm regulations and work with your authority having jurisdiction to craft a customized fire alarm system service plan.
Fire Alarm Testing
An operational fire alarm test involves activating the components of the system and verifying their proper functioning. There are many devices and components being tested, including:
- Smoke detector sensitivity test
- Notification appliance audibility/intelligibility
- Battery load tests
- Manual pull stations
Fire Alarm Maintenance
When a system does not emit fire alarm panel trouble signals or false alarms, fire alarm maintenance can be overlooked, but can quickly become a problem. If you don’t address small problems immediately, they may become costly repairs if you don’t have a fire alarm maintenance plan.
As part of our preventative maintenance program, Altus develops a fire alarm maintenance plan to ensure your building is regularly serviced. Besides providing emergency service, Altus also offers routine maintenance and routine service for fire alarms. Our maintenance customers have 24/7 access to our fire protection service hotline if a problem requires immediate attention. Whenever you need us, we’re here for you.
Fire Alarm System Design & Installation
Altus Fire Alarms’ Installation and Design Team includes NICET Certified engineers, designers, and installation technicians who will create a plan tailored to your project. No matter if you are a contractor seeking to work with a designer to craft prints or a facility manager looking to complete a fire alarm installation, we will be there to assist you at every step.
Among the services Altus provides is fire alarm installation:
- Prints with detailed fire alarm system layout and design
- System startup and programming
- Code consulting design
- Permit drawing
- Turnkey installation
Fire Alarm Monitoring
By monitoring fire alarms, you can make sure that not a single signal will go undetected. In an emergency, every second counts. Because of this, our central station monitoring team is ready to dispatch the appropriate emergency personnel to address the crisis as soon as possible. Efforts such as this greatly reduce the possibility of potential property damage. With Fire Alarm Monitoring from Altus, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your fire alarm system is being monitored round-the-clock.