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?
Hello. We have an addressable fire system including smoke detectors. I understood that if we have an addressable fire system the sensitivity testing is not required. Am I correct?
As a retired CMS LSC surveyor, I can provide you with some of my experiences.
Try to find the specification sheets for the smoke detectors that are installed and see if they have the sensitivity monitoring capabilities in the electronics. If so, document that for the LSC surveys. When the smoke detector is out of the range of sensitivity requirements, it will cause a trouble signal on the fire alarm control panel. I would document the trouble signal of the smoke detector and its location and repairs/maintenance done on that detector.
I just wanted you to be assured I didn't pull my response out of a hat.
Here are the excerpts from the 2016 NFPA 72: (see paragraphs (3) & (4) for the listed control equipment to continuously monitor the detectors sensitivity) Any of the test methods (1) through (5) are acceptable for sensitivity testing.
Referenced by Table 220.127.116.11:
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