ES&H Manual

Fire Protection Supplement


Chapter 4: Fire Protection System

Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance





Appendix 3:

Procedure for Testing

Radiant Energy Fire Detectors




1.0             Purpose


This document provides a procedure for conducting periodic testing of a fire-detection device required by NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm Code, 2019 Edition Table Device 17( 6).


2.0             Scope


This test is to be performed semi-annually on each radiant energy fire detector.


3.0             Planning


3.1              Notify the facility work coordinator using the approved electronic work control notification procedure. Allow one week for approval of the requested work and be prepared to reschedule the requested work to satisfy the areas production schedule.

3.2              Staff Required: 2

3.3              Time Required: quantity dependant

3.4              Equipment Required:

·         Manufacturer’s Manual (see ‘References’ section below)

·         Approved Flame Simulator

·         Microfiber Lens Cloth

·         Radiant Energy Fire Detector Data Sheet


4.0             Test Preparation


4.1              Establish the fire-detection system impairment using the Fire Protection Supplemental Chapter 5: Fire Protection System Impairment Procedure for detailed instructions on work planning, advanced notification, and administrative controls.

·         Post the ‘Fire Alarm Systems Testing in Progress’ notification signs.

4.2              Invite the SOTR to witness the test.

4.3              Evacuate hazard area of unnecessary personnel.

4.4              Station a knowledgeable technician at the Fire Alarm Control Panel (FACP); disconnect the building audible alarms at the FACP. The knowledgeable technician is to remain attentive at the FACP at all times that the audible alarms are disconnected.

·         In the unlikely event that an unanticipated fire alarm signal is received on the FACP, the technician must reconnect the building audible devices and join the building evacuation.


5.0             Conduct the Test


5.1              Record the detector’s serial number and location on the attached datasheet.

5.2              Inspect physical condition and clean all viewing windows on the radiant energy fire detector with the Microfiber cloth.

5.3              Verify that the detector is firmly mounted and that the detector's line of sight to the hazard area is not compromised in any way.

5.4              Activate each detector using the fixed sensitivity flame simulator.

·         Verify that the detector LED lights.

·         Verify proper indication at the local Fire Alarm Control Panel.

·         Verify an alarm condition is indicated on the fire alarm workstation at security post 2, alarm viewer and associated graphic display.

·         Verify an Alarm Condition is indicated on the Fire Marshal’s pager.

5.5              Verify that the alarms can be acknowledged and that the system can be silenced and reset.

5.6              Document results on the Radiant Energy Fire Detector Data Sheet.

5.7              Repeat steps 1 through 6 above for remaining radiant energy fire detectors scheduled for testing.


6.0             System Restoration


6.1              Restore the radiant energy fire detector and related signal monitoring equipment to normal.

6.2              Reset the local FACP.

6.3              Reconnect the building audible alarms at the FACP.

6.4              Dismiss assisting technician at the FACP.

6.5              Remove the ‘Fire Alarm Systems Testing in Progress’ notification signs previously posted.

6.6              Notify the SOTR that the tests are complete and system is on-line and operational.  Allow SOTR to verify that the system is in normal operating condition.

6.7              Allow personnel to return to the area previously designated as hazardous.


7.0             Conclusion


Upon completion of the procedure, the radiant energy fire detector is on-line and operational.


8.0             References

·          Fire Sentry Corporation O & M manual SP340, Rev. E

9.0             Revision Summary


Periodic Review – 01/03/19 – No changes per TPOC

Revision 0.1 – 06/02/16 – Periodic Review; minor edits

Revision 0.0 – 06/15/11 – Initial content











Fire Protection Department

Tim Minga





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