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Fire Detection Systems Fire Detection Systems Checklist

Installation and Restoration YesNo
1. Are all devices approved for use? [29 CFR 1910.164(b)(1)]
2. Are fire detection systems and components returned to normal operating condition as soon as possible after each use or test? [29 CFR 1910.164(b)(2)]
Maintenance and Testing YesNo
1. Are systems properly maintained and operated, except during repairs or maintenance? [29 CFR 1910.164(c)(1)]
2. Are fire detectors and fire detection systems tested and adjusted often enough so that they operate correctly and maintain reliability? [29 CFR 1910.164(c)(2)]
3. Are pneumatic and hydraulic operated detection systems installed after January 1, 1981, equipped with supervised systems? [29 CFR 1910.164(c)(3)]
4. Are the servicing, maintenance, and testing of fire detection systems, including cleaning and necessary sensitivity adjustments, performed by a trained person? [29 CFR 1910.164(c)(4)]
5. Are fire detectors cleaned on a regular basis when necessary to assure their proper operation? [29 CFR 1910.164(c)(5)]
Protection of Fire Detectors YesNo
1. Is outdoor fire detection equipment protected from the weather and corrosion? [29 CFR 1910.164(d)(1)]
2. Is fire detection equipment protected from mechanical or physical impact? [29 CFR 1910.164(d)(2)]
3. Are detectors supported independently, and not by their wires or tubing? [29 CFR 1910.164(d)(3)]
Response Time YesNo
1. Do fire detection systems operate in time to control or extinguish a fire? [29 CFR 1910.164(e)(1)]
2. Do fire detection systems provide a warning for emergency action and safe escape of employees? [29 CFR 1910.164(e)(2)]
3. Do you prevent delaying alarms or devices for more than 30 seconds, unless the delay is necessary for the safety of employees? If a delay is necessary, it must be addressed in an emergency action plan meeting the requirements of [29 CFR 1910.38]. [29 CFR 1910.164(e)(3)]
Number, Location and Spacing of Detecting Devices YesNo
1. Are the appropriate number, spacing, and location of fire detectors provided? [29 CFR 1910.164(f)]

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