Since it’s the end of the year, it’s time to check that your fire protection service provider completed the annual fire protection system testing in your facility. NFPA requires annual service for certain parts of fire alarm, fire sprinkler, fire pumps, and fire suppression systems. Unfortunately, service providers may forget parts of annual fire protection system services since they’re performed infrequently. But you can use this list of the most commonly missed parts of annual fire protection system services to check up on your service provider.

Fire Alarm Annual Inspection NFPA 72, 2013

  • Control Equipment (monitored system)
  • Supervising Station Alarm Systems (transmitters)

Fire Alarm Annual Testing

  • Alarm Notification Appliances
  • Control Equipment
  • In-Building Fire Emergency Voice/Alarm Communications
  • Initiating Devices
    Duct Detectors
    Valve Supervisory Switches

Fire Sprinkler Annual Inspection NFPA 25, 2014

  • Buildings
  • Hanger/Seismic Bracing
  • Information Sign
  • Pipe and Fittings
  • Spare Sprinklers
  • Sprinklers
  • Standpipe

Fire Sprinkler Annual Testing

  • Antifreeze Solution
  • Backflow Prevention Assemblies
  • Control Valves
  • Preaction Full Flow
  • Main Drains
  • Standpipe Flow Test

Fire Sprinkler Annual Maintenance

  • Standpipe
  • Valves (all types)
    Control Valves
    Preaction/Deluge Valves
    Dry Pipe Valves/Quick-Opening Devices

Fire Extinguisher NFPA 10, 2014

  • External Examination

Dry Chemical NFPA 17, 2013

  • Auxiliary Pressure Cylinders
  • Pressure Regulators
  • Heat Detectors Nonalloy Type Fusible Links

Clean Agent NFPA 2001, 2015

  • Enclosure
  • Hose
  • Operation Condition
  • Operation

Halon NFPA 12A, 2009

  • Hose

Carbon Dioxide NFPA 12, 2011

  • Hazard
  • Warning Signs
  • Audible Alarms
  • Carbon Dioxide System
  • Detectors
  • Time Delays
  • Visible Signals

Fire Pump Annual Testing NFPA 25, 2014

  • Flow Condition
  • Fire Pump Alarm Signals

Fire Pump Maintenance

  • Hydraulic
  • Mechanical Transmission
  • Motor

Review your fire protection system service records and ensure your service provider didn’t miss some of these commonly forgotten annual services. All facilities must complete and document all annual fire protection system testing to remain compliant with NFPA requirements. If there are any discrepancies between this checklist and your records, call your service provider right away. You can’t afford to wait and find out that their schedule is full until the new year.

If your fire protection service provider missed many of your annual fire protection system services then you may want to hire a new fire protection service company. Here are some tips on How to Choose the Best Commercial Fire Alarm Company and the factors to evaluate.

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