It can be very easy to neglect getting your fire alarm inspections done. You remember that you have to replace your batteries every couple months and you take that as the extent of the maintenance that you have to do. However, this is not only wrong but it's also dangerous. Think of your fire safety equipment as a car. You wouldn't go without routine check-ups, oil changes, or even gassing up. The same should be the case when it comes to fire alarm safety.
To meet federal certification as well as state requirements, fire alarm systems need to be inspected, maintained and tested according to a civil code. Most fire alarm control panels have a walk test feature that's used to test a fire alarm system and ensure that everything is working as it should. Now it's by activating the walk test feature on the fire alarm control panel that technicians can activate a device and test to ensure that the system is working properly.
Depending on what kind of setup you have in your house or place of business, you might momentarily hear the signals. After that device activates, it will automatically restore and the technician will move on to the next device to activate. This setup allows a technician to check through the whole system without having to have someone reset the system every time.
An inspection, as well as testing of the maintenance system, is essential toward ensuring that your fire alarm control system is operating the way it should be. It's truly as simple as missing a single inspection that your house or place of business can go up in flames without any type of warning. While it can be easy to forget something like fire alarm inspections, there's too much at stake for you to forego getting it done. It might cost you something up front, but consider that an investment toward your safety. It's simply much better to know that you're safe and protected as opposed to being kept in the dark as to what your vulnerability to fire really is.