How to Test a Fire Alarm
In 2019 the national estimate data for building fires shows there were more than 110,900 fires all over the US. And, these fires caused a staggering $3bn in damage, many of which may have been prevented with a fire alarm system installation.
The frequency of fires has started to rise, so knowing how to test a fire alarm can ensure your employees are kept safe in the event of a fire. If you are unsure about your current fire alarm system and how to test it, this article will tell you everything you need to know.
Types of Fire Alarms
There are two types of fire alarms, and most homes have battery-operated detectors. They are inexpensive and simple to install. However, they do need regular inspection.
Even though they do begin to chirp when they need a new battery, you must remember to replace them twice a year to ensure proper function.
On the other hand, there are available AC-powered fire safety systems, which must be installed by an electrician by wiring them directly to a power source. As a result, they are more dependable. But, they must have an independent backup battery just in case of an electrical fire or a blackout.
Hardwired fire alarms do need to be tested every month, this ensures every part of the fire alarm system is working properly.
How to Test Your Alarm System
The usual method when it comes to testing a fire alarm is the same for both types. To check for functionality, you need to first notify the office that you are testing the alarms. This way, everyone will remain calm when the alarm goes off.
Then, make sure there are some people scattered around the office to make sure that your employees are able to hear the sound no matter where they are. If there are any places where the alarm is either muffled or weak, you will need to install more fire alarms.
If you would like to make an appointment to discuss a fire alarm system installation, please contact Advance Design Group at (516) 842-8073 now, if you live in the North Bellmore, NY region.