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Minimum Plan Requirements - Fire Alarm Systems
A fire alarm system consists of a number of initiating devices, control
panels and indicating appliances designed and installed to produce an
alarm signal in the event of a fire. It provides constant monitoring of
a building and its contents in the event of an emergency requiring immediate
When a fire detection and alarm system is required, the guidelines for
planning and testing a new fire alarm system as well as the procedures
leading to the systems acceptance are delineated.
- a. Three (3) sets of workshop drawings shall be submitted and approved
by the authority having jurisdiction (A.H.J.) prior to installation.
- b. A.H.J. will process plans submitted only after all applicable codes
and ordinances are met.
- c. Approved plans shall be on site at time of alarm testing and C.O.
- d. System drawings /plans shall be at least 24" x 36" blueprints
and shall indicate the following:
- i. Name and address of building/project/tenant.
- ii. Name of contractor with address, phone number and certification/
- iii. Floor plan with dimensions with scale.
- iv. Symbol list and equipment identification (flow, bell, horns,
- v. Coverage, per manufacturer specifications, for detectors.
- vi. Type of transmitting equipment that transfers signal to central
- vii. Location of zones and annunciators.
- viii. Compliance with Local and N.F.P.A. Codes 70, 71, 72 as applicable.
- ix. Location of all devices.
- e. Additional Guidelines Notes: In the past there has been some confusion
as to the proper location of fire alarm devices, detectors, pull stations,
alarm control panels, etc. The following recommendation should aid designers
and installers of location(s) and requirements:
- 1. Heat detector in rest room facilities and in assembly occupancies
not protected by automatic sprinklers.
- 2. Ceilings over twenty feet (20') certain type smoke detectors
may not be advisable, check manufacturers' specifications.
- 3. In non-atmosphere controlled environments smoke detectors are
not recommended (i.e. warehouses, open shops).
- 4. Heat detectors are not required in a building that is fully
protected by fire sprinklers.
- 5. All fire control panels are to be located by AHJ.
- 6. If the above panel cannot be located within six feet (6') of
a main entrance then an enunciator panel will be required within
six feet (6') of the main entrance of the building.
- 7. Outside fire control panels are not acceptable.
- 8. Keys shall be provided to gain access to the building, fire
alarm panel, etc. Fire department key box system shall be used.
Contact fire department for an application.
- a. Prior to acceptance test, contractor shall notify A.H.J. at least
forty-eight (48) hours in advance.
- b. Alarm contractor shall do a complete test of system before
the A.H.J. is called for the acceptance test.
- c. Alarm contractor shall provide sufficient personnel to properly
conduct system test.
- d. Alarm contractor or owner shall arrange for a written agreement
with a licensed contractor to cover:
- 1. Equipment and system repairs.
- 2. Annual total system inspection. Copies shall be provided to
A.H.J. at time of test.
- e. Alarm contractor or owner shall arrange for a monitoring agreement
with a listed central station (if required) approved by the A.H.J. A
copy of this agreement shall be provided to the A.H.J. at time of system
- f. Alarm contractor shall notify all parties concerned regarding the
test. (A.H.J., occupants of building, security, central station, etc.).
NOTE: U.L. licensed monitoring stations are the only
A.H.J. approved stations.
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