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Common Trade Misunderstandings Part Three: Jurisdictional Differences

Aside from the peace of mind knowing your fire protection system is fully functional, few property or facility managers really enjoy their annual fire inspections because they can seem like a nuisance to your team or your building occupants. But they’re required to keep life, property, and your business safe. These inspections are designed to find issues with any fire protection components, eliminate hazards, and to provide a track record of testing reports to monitor how each of your fire protection systems or accessories are operating. Codes to govern these systems (including safety training, system testing, component inspections) stem from the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and the IFC (In
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The Difference Between Annual and Semi-Annual Fire Alarm Inspection

ScopeAccording to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), all parts of your fire protection system must be inspected annually (fire alarm, sprinkler, backflows, extinguishers, etc), but the fire alarm system also requires a semi-annual check-up. The annual alarm testing goes very in-depth requiring a complete 100% functional test, including (but not limited to):
  • All audio/visual notification devices (aka horn/strobes)
  • All initiating devices on the fire alarm
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Common Trade Misunderstandings Part Two: Missed Code Requirements

Pop quiz- how often are you supposed to be conducting fire safety inspections for your commercial building? If you answered once a year, you are absolutely...WRONG! Try again. Once every six months? Getting warmer, but still no. While some management companies choose to only have everything tested by a certified professional annually and/or semi-annually, it may surprise you to know that the NFPA has several items in their code books that state they should be checked by the building owner’s representative weekly, monthly, and quarterly! If you had no idea, don’t panic- you’re not alone. Missed code requirements are one of the most common trade misunderstandings in the fire safety realm, and are often overlooked unintentionally by commercial building ow
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