|InpectUSA.com - Fire Safety Index: Testing Smoke Detectors
Federal Government says 16 million smoke detectors in US homes don't
work. Furthermore, studies show that working smoke detectors
reduce the risk of fatalities by 50%.
Smoke Detector Tester
Functional Smoke Entry Testing is now Required for all Multi-family
The new revision in
Chapter 11 of the National Fire Alarm Code, 2002 Edition now
requires that “Fire-warning equipment shall be maintained and tested
in accordance with the manufacturers instructions and per the
requirements of Chapter 10”.
Chapter 10 (with
references to Chapter 2) makes it clear that the same requirements
for testing smoke detectors listed under UL 268 and UL 1730 shall be
applied to those listed under UL 217, namely, for functional smoke
entry and sensitivity testing in multi family dwellings, including
hotels, motels, apartments, and assisted-living care facilities.
Smoke Detector Tester™
from Home Safeguard is the most reliable, economical, and preferred
way to achieve smoke entry test compliance with the new Code 72.
NFPA CODE 72 CHAPTER 10
Chapter 10 reads; “The detector shall be tested in place to ensure
smoke entry into the sensing chamber and an alarm response. Testing
with smoke or listed aerosol approved by the manufacturer shall be
permitted as acceptable test methods.”
Material Safety Data Sheet
Detector Tester puts both photoelectric and ionization smoke detectors
through their paces to ensure that their circuitry and alarm systems are
functioning and that they are actively sampling the air for any hint of a fire.
Our patented formulation of aerosol particles simulates the entire range of fire
conditions giving you the confidence of knowing your fire alarm system will
respond promptly to any kind of fire condition.
Tested, Approved, and Preferred
Don't just take our word for it.
Simply note that the highly regarded Underwriters Labs approved
Smoke Detector Tester
after subjecting the product to a series of rigorous torture tests.
This independent lab not only approve Home Safeguard products but also the use Home
Safeguard's Smoke Detector Tester themselves to
test smoke detectors submitted to them for approval. A number of smoke
detector manufacturers also use the product in their manufacturing process, but
that's not all. We are also the preferred choice of many government
agencies, including all U.S. Veterans Administration hospitals (and many private
hospitals, as well), Convalescent centers, U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission, U.S. Embassies and military installations at home and abroad and
municipal fire departments who also recommend the product to owners and managers
of multiple-family dwellings and Fortune 500 companies are among our regular
Properly Testing Your Smoke Detector
According to a
1995 government-conducted survey, more than 16 million smoke detectors
in homes across the country are not working properly, seriously
jeopardizing the safety of people living in the those homes. What should
you be doing? Reprint of a letter from Leon Cooper, founder of
Home Safeguard Industries LLC.
+16,000,000 Defective Smoke Detectors
In 1994, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission found that there were more homes with non-functioning smoke
detectors than there were homes without smoke detectors.
Family Safety: Evacuation Planning
Post this information in a
prominent place in the home. Make sure all family members read and
understand the plan. Practice the plan regularly.
Does Your Smoke Detector Work?
Find out if your smoke
detector will work at that critical moment when it is needed most.
Also, find out why the "test button" is not the most effective
way to test a smoke detector.
Testing Home Smoke Detectors
One of our most important
articles. Includes a court room scenario of an attorney
interrogating the CEO of a mythical smoke detector manufacturer.
This exciting product designed specifically for
supervised systems will tell you quickly, easily, and economically whether your
smoke detectors are working or not. UL listed, this product is approved for
testing smoke detectors function per NFPA 72E par. 8-2.4.1 when used as
TO USE: From a distance of 2 to 4 ft. (.6-1.2m)
aim spray for 1-2 seconds at the vents or side of the detector. Alarm will sound
within 1 to 10 seconds if the detector functions properly unless the detector
has a built-in delay circuit. Detectors with delay circuits should be
sprayed 1 or 2 additional times to activate the alarm.
Safety Data Sheet