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Hospital Safety Insider, December 29, 2016

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Each month, Brad Keyes, CHSP owner of Keyes Life Safety Compliance, answers your questions about life safety compliance. Our editorial advisory board also reviews the Q&A column. Follow Keyes’ blog on life safety at www.keyeslifesafety.com for up to date information.  

Off-site monitoring transmission equipment test
Q: What code states that quarterly communication between our fire panel and our local fire department must be completed?


A: You’re referring to the off-site monitoring transmission equipment as defined in NFPA 72, but for the 2010 edition of NFPA 72, it was changed to require annual testing instead of quarterly. Also, they changed the name of the test to “Supervising station alarm stations – transmitters.” Table 14.4.5, section 22 of the 2010 edition of NFPA 72 requires annual testing. It also refers to Table 14.4.2.2, section 18 for test methods. The “supervising station” referred to in Table 14.4.2.2, section 18 is the local fire department, not the monitoring company. 

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