Commercial Fire Alarm Systems FAQ

Whether you’re a new business owner or a seasoned entrepreneur, protecting your assets is a must for any decent business strategy.

Here are some common questions asked about commercial fire alarm systems:

  1. Does the law require that I have a commercial fire alarm system?

Maybe. Whether or not your facility legally requires a fire alarm system depends on occupancy type and several other critical variables. Generally speaking, your building either has an existing fire alarm system or you will be required by code to have one installed prior to taking occupancy of your building. For more information, we recommend you call your local fire department or the authority having jurisdiction in your area.

  1. Does my fire alarm system need to be tested regularly?

Yes. A fire alarm system must be tested periodically in accordance with state and federal laws as well as to ensure the system in functioning properly.

  1. How often does my fire alarm system need to be tested?

It is recommended that initiating devices such as smoke detectors, fire alarm pull stations, and heat detectors must be tested annually. Water flow devices and sprinklers must be visually inspected four times annually and functionally tested twice annually.

  1. How long do I have to maintain fire alarm testing documentation?

Fire alarm system inspection, testing, and maintenance records are usually required to be kept until the next test and for one year thereafter. Check your state and local laws for more detailed information regarding this policy.

  1. Does my fire alarm system have to be monitored?

Yes. If your building requires a fire alarm system, then the system must be monitored.

For installation, maintenance or testing-related services call Millennium Fire and Security and schedule your business assessment today.