Fire Alarm Dealer Checklist for System Surge Protection

7 Fire AlarmProfessional Fire Alarm Dealers protect their customers’ property, staff, and businesses by installing high-quality alarm systems – and those alarm systems also need protection. Here is a list to help make sure that alarm systems are protected from damaging electrical surges so that they can continue to provide coverage as needed and intended.

  • Does the End User customer understand that electrical surges are a common occurrence, with cumulative damaging effects on all connected electrical systems?
  • Has the appropriate End User staff received training on how surge protection operates, so that they understand the purpose, capabilities, and limited lifetimes of these items?
  • Is electrical surge protection – with adequate capacity – installed at the service entrance to the facility, and in good working order?
  • Have you installed a surge protective device (SPD) on the 120V input power in close proximity to the FACP?
  • If the FACP is connected to telephone lines that pass outside of the building, are these lines equipped with surge protectors to prevent any electrical surges on these lines from entering the FACP and causing damage to the fire alarm system?
  • If the FACP is connected to a backup cellular communicator that is connected to an outdoor antenna, is that connection equipped with surge protectors to prevent any electrical surges from the antenna from entering the FACP and causing damage to the fire alarm system?
  • If the FACP is connected to any signaling line circuits (SLCs) that pass outside of the building, are these lines equipped with surge protectors to prevent any electrical surges on these lines from entering the FACP and causing damage to the fire alarm system?
  • If the FACP is connected to initiating device circuits (IDCs), are these lines equipped with surge protectors to prevent any electrical surges on these lines from entering the FACP and causing damage to the fire alarm system?
  • Are the connections from the FACP to all notification devices (including audible alarms, visual signals, and any other notification types) equipped with surge protection devices to prevent any electrical surges on these lines from entering the FACP and causing damage to the fire alarm system?
  • Is there a maintenance and/or inspection program in place that will ensure regular inspection of all the installed surge protectors to be sure that they are in good working order and to provide for replacement when necessary?
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Thursday, 23 November 2017