What is the current code for the frequency of Smoke detector sensitivity tests?
Smoke detector sensitivity testing is annual.
Here is link to a handy reference chart that breaks down all of the various periodic requirements:
Fire Alarm System Testing NFPA-72
Smoke detector sensitivity is required by the codes, but just exactly what does this requirement mean? In other words, does it mean that you are supposed to prepare a written report itemizing each smoke detector along with its sensitivity reading, which very often can provide little or no information at all if the information is raw and cryptic obtained from the FACP?
Or assuming that the FACP is capable of checking the sensitivity, and is UL listed to do so, and the FACP can identify a smoke detector that is out of the original factory sensitivity range and bring it up on the panel display (as a trouble) and tell you that maintenance is required, should not this be considered as providing a sensitivity report since you could also go back into the history and print a report if you wanted to check to see if any smoke detectors had been identified by the panel as requiring maintenance?
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