For many facilities, a fire detection and alarm system provides additional security for protecting people, products, documents, and equipment. The right system will provide early detection while preventing false alarms and system discharges that cause unnecessary work interruptions and downtime. To ensure continued efficient and effective operation of a system, a program of regular inspection, testing, and maintenance is required. A variety of national, state, and local codes applies, depending on the type of facility, occupancy, and hazard classification. Insurance companies also have their own specific requirements.
The following National Fire Protection Association (NFPA publication serves as the basis for detailing minimum requirements: NFPA 72 – National Alarm Code (1999 Edition)