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Fire Alarm System FAQs ?

Posted on: February 14, 2011

How often do I need to test my fire alarm system?

The NFPA codes requires that you have your fire alarm system inspected annually. Keeping on top of regular fire alarm system maintenance will help your system last for a very long time.

What’s the difference between a conventional fire alarm system and an addressable fire alarm system?

Conventional fire alarm systems will sound in the event of a fire, but cannot tell you specifically where the fire is located – only which zone is alarming. While this is often enough for small buildings, larger facilities or building campuses may require additional information.

Addressable fire alarm systems will be able to show you exactly which devices are going off at any given time. For large buildings or business campuses, the information they provide can be invaluable.

Do I need a fire alarm system if I already have a fire sprinkler system installed?

Yes. Fire sprinkler systems are extremely useful for putting out fires, but they are not as useful for notifying occupants in your building of an emergency. Certain types of fire alarms can even detect smoke and other gases before the flames start, giving you extra time to escape the building.

What is UL 864 and how does it affect my existing fire alarm system?

UL 864, the Standard for Control Units and Accessories for Fire Alarm Systems, sets the standard for fire alarm control units. The standard is updated frequently. All fire alarm systems are required to comply with UL standards, so if you installed your fire alarm system prior to December 31, 2008, you should have a fire protection services company inspect your fire alarm system to make sure it is up to code.

The more you know about your fire alarm system, the better you will understand how it keeps you protected. If you own a building in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, DC and need fire alarm maintenance, inspection or testing services, call the experts at Guardian Fire Protection Services today!

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