DEI SYSTEMS TESTING
New fire detection systems have to be commissioned to verify that they have been appropriately installed, tested and comply with industry standards. Without an official fire certificate of commissioning, the system would not be deemed as acceptable by the relevant authorities.
At DEI Systems, we include testing and commissioning in our overall estimate, to make sure there are no additional costs or hidden surprises. For systems that have been installed by an electrician or another contractor other than DEI, we are more than happy to offer a commissioning service to test and certify that the system meets the required standards.
- Cost savings on installations and system upgrades compared with leading fire alarm companies
- Industry standard trained installation and commissioning engineers
- No sub-contract labor used on any installation
- Parts and labor warranty for a year on new installation
- The option to be connected to a remote central station for fire alarm response
Standards & Guidelines
The local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) and insurance companies also influence, recommend, or set forth standards they deem necessary for the proper operation of life-safety systems. AHJs may establish guidelines that exceed NFPA guidelines.
In virtually all cases, the standards outline minimum requirements. The potential problem, however, is that not all fire alarm systems are subject to the same environmental and ambient conditions. Therefore, meeting minimum standards of all applicable codes and standards may not provide the optimum protection for a facility. Service organizations may recommend inspections and maintenance that exceed published standards and guidelines.
Systems between five and ten years old may experience component breakdown caused by harsh, but normal, environmental factors. Voltage fluctuations, temperature, and humidity may cause system failure or nuisance alarm problems.
Systems between ten and fifteen years old can still provide appropriate life-safety response. However, systems in this category need close attention, even with proper maintenance procedures in place. If the system has had a history of poor maintenance or none at all, it’s likely that failure of components and improper monitoring of system components will occur.
Systems approaching 20 years of age may be beyond their technological life expectancy. The system may continue to work satisfactorily if properly maintained, but you need testing and inspection by trained specialists to ensure proper system response will occur in an emergency.
- Test and calibrate alarm sensors, such as flame and smoke detectors, per manufacturer specifications. This requires knowing about the different sensors, and their testing requirements, failure modes, and re-installation requirements.
- Simulate inputs and test the annunciators. This requires specific knowledge of the system under test.
- Set sensitivity. This requires an understanding of the particular system, the specific application, and fire detection theory.
- Coordinate with fire department to test the input to their system.
- Check the battery for corrosion and expiration date, then take appropriate action, if necessary.
These steps seem simple enough, provided you have the knowledge. However, that knowledge is useless if you don’t pay absolute attention to detail. Attention to detail is why DEI is synonymous with Fire Alarm expertise.