Fire Panel Inspection & Testing Services

If you own a business or manage a building in Houston, fire safety should rank among your top concerns. While a fire protection system consists of multiple components, you can’t overlook the importance of your fire alarm, and fire panels in particular. After ensuring a professional installation, you should keep up with regular inspections and testing to make sure your fire panels are working the way they should.

As a leading fire protection company in Houston, Kauffman Co. can perform this task for you up to the highest industry standards. To request a fire panel inspection estimate, please call us today at (713) 893-1090.

What Is a Fire Alarm Control Panel?

This is the central hub of your fire alarm system. The fire alarm control panel is typically located out of the way in an electrical room where it doesn’t create an eyesore in your building. It works hard behind the scenes to control your entire fire alarm system. Its job is to:

  • Receive inputs from environmental sensors that detect changes in air quality and temperature associated with fire.
  • Monitors the system’s operational integrity.
  • Facilitate automatic equipment control.
  • Relay information necessary to prepare the building for a fire response based on a predetermined sequence of events.
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What Is a Fire Alarm Annunciator Panel?

The annunciator’s primary job is to relay information from the fire alarm control panel. The annunciator can be a small keypad, LCD screen, or collection of lights that tells the fire department everything they need to know about the fire alarm system immediately upon arrival, including where the alarm is coming from, so they know where to concentrate their firefighting efforts. The annunciator also allows you to silence the alarm and view system history.

Instead of wasting time hunting down the fire alarm control panel in its isolated location, the fire department gets all the information they need from the annunciator panel. To make sure this fire panel is easily accessible, it should ideally be located in a prominent place, such as:

  • On a wall near the building’s main entrance
  • At a guard shack outside the property
  • Beside the main elevator
  • Behind the receptionist’s desk
  • Near a fire sprinkler riser

Sometimes, annunciators are located outside and require a cover for protection from the weather. To prevent the public from messing with an annunciator installed in an accessible location, you may want to cover it with a heavy duty locked plastic box.

Importance of Fire Panel Inspections & Tests

Because they control the entirety of your fire alarm system, inspecting and testing the fire alarm control panel is obviously important. After all, this is the first step to ensuring the rest of the system is working properly.

Annunciator panel inspections also ensure proper function in case of a fire so emergency responders can act quickly and efficiently. The inspection is also a good time to ask questions about using the annunciator panel if you’re not sure how it works. If your next scheduled inspection is still a ways out, you can always call Kauffman Co. to come out for a demonstration.

Schedule Fire Panel Inspection & Testing in Houston

If you need your annunciator or fire control panel inspected or tested, trust Kauffman Co. for the job. Over the past 35 years, we have provided exceptional services to customers requiring fire protection in Houston. Not only can we inspect your fire panels, but we can test your fire alarm system as a whole to make sure everything works as it should.

To learn more, or to schedule fire protection services, please contact Kauffman Co. online or call us at (713) 893-1090 today.

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