Common fire code violations are easy to overlook, and they can interfere with your fire protection system and it’s ability to operate properly. You must regularly check your systems to avoid a potential disaster. Read on to learn how to avoid some common code violations.
Duct Smoke Detectors
Duct smoke detectors are installed inside air handling units to detect smoke from filters, fans, and motors. As you can imagine, there is a lot of moving air, and if filters are not changed regularly, dirt and dust could contaminate these devices very quickly. They’re usually installed in high, concealed and hard to reach spots. They must be inspected on a regular basis, and sometimes it’s hard to evaluate their condition. Make sure to hire a qualified fire protection firm to inspect these devices in your fire protection system.
Blocked Pull Stations
Manual alarm pull stations are part of every fire alarm system. It is not uncommon for them to be blocked by planters. Manual pull stations must never be blocked or otherwise concealed. They must be easy to access in the case of an emergency.
Air Diffusers Too Close to Smoke Detectors
This commonly occurs after renovation changes the diffusers’ original location. If they are too close to smoke detectors, they can affect the smoke’s ability to enter the detection chamber or blow dirt and dust right into the sensor and contaminate it. This can lead to false alarms.
Most fire alarm panels have a battery backup in case of a power loss. Even if you have backup generators, if batteries are an option, you must replace them on a regular basis. This is one of the best ways to ensure that your fire protection system won’t fail when you need it the most.
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