Fire alarms serve as the first line of defense against one of the most significant risks your business faces. As such, you must ensure they remain functional, making regular testing necessary. Here’s an overview of how often they should be tested, what this entails, and when to replace them.
Chapter 14 of the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code establishes general requirements for annual fire alarm testing. However, your local jurisdiction responsible for enforcing fire codes may have different guidelines. Some businesses will have to test their alarms more frequently, depending on where they’re located and the nature of their operations.
Testing is a thorough process that needs to be performed by a certified technician.