Checklists and Resources for Fire Alarm Systems
Fire Alarm installation is typically based on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 72 Fire Alarm Code. Each adopted fire or building code refers to an edition of the NFPA. The most recent version of NFPA 72 is the 2007 edition. A fire alarm system is a critical life safety system which can perform many duties such as occupant notification, closure of fire doors, supervision of automatic sprinkler systems and notify the fire department.
Fire alarm systems must be properly designed and installed. Systems which do not meet good fire protection practices typically result in false alarms which can create a “crying wolf” scenario for the occupants and responding fire apparatus. The following are some basic resources for plan review, inspection, and maintenance of systems.
- Brighton Area Fire Authority, recommended documentation for fire alarm systems (NFPA 72, 2002 edition)
- Letter to Alarm Companies on Submittal Requirements, City of Coldwater
- Chesterfield, Checklist for Fire Alarm Systems, Based on IBC/IFC 2003 edition (NFPA 72, 1999 edition)
- Arizona Fire Alarm Association, Standardized Submittal Requirements through the Phoenix Fire Department
- State of Louisiana
- Denver, Fire Alarm designer checklist
- Oklahoma State University Fire Alarm Resources including voltage drop calculator
- Non-power limited wiring, by Michael Baker
- Who get’s up at 2am, by Jeff Hugo
- Commercial and Residential Fire Alarms, should the FD go?
- Automatic Fire Alarm Association has multiple tools available
Fire Alarm System Recalls
- Gamewell recalls their panel (Gamewell-FCI 600 Series, Smart Scan Fire Alarm Control Panel). The gamewell fci600software in the fire alarm system could fail to recognize when a detector needs servicing. This can result in the buildup of dust, dirt or other environmental pollutants which could result in the system failing to respond in the event of a fire. Gamewell FCI is contacting customers directly and providing a free firmware software upgrade.
- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Notifier, of Northford, Conn., has announced a voluntary safety recall of about 2,000 Notifier Fire Alarm Control Panels.The software in the fire alarm system could fail to process an alarm condition which could result in the system failing to respond in the event of a fire. No incidents or injuries have been reported.