ES&H Manual

Fire Protection Supplement


Chapter 4: Fire Protection System

Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance Procedure




Appendix 8:

Procedure for Testing

Ionization or Photoelectric Smoke 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, 2013 Edition Table Device 17(7)(h).


2.0             Scope


This test will be performed ANNUALLY on each ionization or photoelectric smoke 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)

·         Safe Guard Aerosol Smoke Tester

·         Device Analog Voltage Table

·         Ionization or Photoelectric Smoke Detector Data Sheet


4.0             Test Preparation


4.1              Establish the fire-detection system impairment using the Fire Protection Supplemental Chapter V 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 data sheet.

5.2              Check the condition of each detector for signs of damage, verify sensitivity of each detector, using the List Sensitivity menu.

5.3              Refer to the Device Analog Voltage Table for a list of acceptable detector sensitivity ranges.

5.4              If the Partial System Disable LED is lit, check that all appropriate detectors are armed, using the Control Ann/Dis menu.

5.5              Activate a detector using the Safe Guard Aerosol Smoke Tester.

·         Verify that the detector LED lights.

·         Verify address and proper indication at the FACP.

·         Alarm viewer and associated graphic display.

·         Verify an alarm condition is indicated on the Fire Marshal’s pager.

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

5.7              Place a "Tested" sticker on the detector housing with date and technician’s name.

5.8              Document results on the attached data sheet.


6.0             System Restoration


6.1              Reconnect the building audible alarms at the FACP.

6.2              Dismiss assisting technician at the FACP.

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

6.4              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.

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


7.0             Conclusion


Upon completion of the procedure, the ionization or photoelectric smoke detector is on-line and operational.


8.0             References

·          Detector Manufacturer’s O & M manual; MAINTENANCE Section

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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