Fire Systems: Life Safety Testing

SKU: RVI-11495Duration: 20 Minutes

This course will look at various aspects of Life Safety as it relates to building operations, population control, fixed fire protection systems and fire department intervention facilities. Understanding the systems under your responsibility as the Facility Professional is key to the proper maintenance of these systems. This course will review the interaction between systems and stress the importance of monitoring and testing regularly.

Course Details


Training Time: 20 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on: Industry Standards and Best Practices

Languages: English

Learning Objectives

  • State the basics of Life Safety System inspections, according to the requirements of AHJ
  • Identify the AHJs testing requirements and procedures for your facility
  • Describe how the fire alarm system and the heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), control system, interact when a fire alarm is activated
  • Recall the frequency of testing for your facility, in meeting NFPA Standards requirements

Key Questions

The following key questions are answered in this module:

What is a fire service override system?
A fire service override system allows firefighters to take elevators out of automatic operation and place them under manual control.

What are the different types of fire protection systems?
There are manual, automatic, active and passive fire protection systems.

Which standard stipulates the level of inspection, testing, frequency and design of portable fire extinguishers?
The standard of measure for portable fire extinguishers is NFPA 10.

How often are portable fire extinguishers required to be inspected?
Portable fire extinguishers are required to be inspected annually.

How often does NFPA 72 recommend the testing of fire detectors?
NFPA 72 recommends annual testing of fire detectors.

Sample Video Transcript

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

There are numerous combinations for the interaction of the fire alarm system with the HVAC systems. The one constant is that the fire alarm system takes control of the HVAC systems during a fire emergency. It can be programmed to shut down portions of the ventilation system on the fire floor or specific area, purge the environment in the fire area to the atmosphere, and provide the responding firefighters with manual control of the systems. HVAC duct smoke detectors may respond to fire conditions faster than the area detectors or sprinklers. Because every fire situation is different, these things cannot be predicted. The fire and control command center, office, or simply the fire alarm system panel, will be the central point of information concerning the fire situation allowing authorities to make the best decisions to manage the emergency.
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