Just like any other component of your building’s fire protection scheme, your fire alarm system needs to be inspected on a regular basis to help prevent system failure. Early warning of a fire is critically important for the people inside your facility. Getting your systems regularly inspected and tested will help to ensure that your people get the early warning they need to safely escape from a fire.


Inspections and testing of your fire alarm systems are required per NFPA 72. NFPA 72 is the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. It is enforced by most local jurisdictions, but you should check with your Authority Having Jurisdiction to see if your area has additional requirements. Inspections should be performed by a certified technician.

How Often Do Fire Alarms Need to be Tested and Inspected?

Fire alarms need to be inspected and/or tested:

  • Monthly
  • Semi-annually
  • Annually

The frequency of inspections and testing of the components of fire alarm systems is detailed in NFPA 72.

What Happens During a Fire Alarm Inspection?

During a fire alarm system inspection, all the components of the system are visually checked to help ensure that they are in operating condition. During testing of fire alarm systems, the system components are checked for functionality. The components that need to be inspected and tested include:

  • Fire alarm control panel
  • Smoke detectors and heat detectors
  • Manual pull stations
  • Horns and strobes
  • Batteries
  • Annunciators and zones
  • Output relays and activations
  • Flow switches, tamper switch, and low-pressure alarms
  • Supervised control valves and switches

Get Your Fire Alarms Inspected with Davis-Ulmer

At Davis-Ulmer Fire Protection, we provide inspections and testing of fire alarm systems in accordance with NFPA and local regulations. Our certified technicians can perform inspections monthly, semi-annually, annually, or as often as needed. We have experience with a variety of commercial, industrial and residential applications. We provide fire protection services for customers in the Northeast United States including New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Schedule a fire alarm inspection with Davis-Ulmer today!