Grandfathered Fire Alarm Systems and Inspections

Grandfathered fire alarm systems refer to older systems that were installed before the adoption of current fire code regulations. These systems are allowed to remain in place as long as they meet certain criteria and are considered to provide a minimum level of safety.

The specific requirements for grandfathered fire alarm systems can vary depending on the jurisdiction and the applicable fire codes. However, some common criteria that may need to be met include:

  1. Functionality: The fire alarm system must be fully operational and capable of providing timely and effective notification of a fire emergency.
  2. Adequacy: The system should be deemed adequate for the size, occupancy, and specific hazards of the building or facility it serves. This typically involves an evaluation of factors such as the number of devices, their location, and their audibility or visibility.
  3. Maintenance: Regular inspection, testing, and maintenance of the system must be conducted to ensure its continued reliability and performance. The specific inspection and testing requirements may be outlined in the fire code or determined by the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ).
  4. No Significant Deficiencies: The system should not have any significant deficiencies or failures that would compromise its effectiveness. Any identified deficiencies should be promptly addressed and remedied.

It’s important to note that while grandfathered fire alarm systems are allowed to remain in place, they may still be subject to periodic inspections by the fire department or other relevant authorities. The purpose of these inspections is to verify that the system continues to meet the necessary safety standards and remains in good working condition.

If you have a grandfathered fire alarm system in your building or facility, it’s recommended to consult with the local fire department or AHJ to understand the specific requirements and expectations for inspections and maintenance. They can provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information based on the regulations applicable to your location.

At Systems Integrations, we can provide fire alarm system inspections and work with you to bring your building up to current codes.