NFPA10.3 Inspection.

10.3.1*  Visual inspections shall be performed in accordance with the schedules in Table 10.3.1 or more often if required by the authority having jurisdiction.

Table 10.3.1  Visual Inspection Frequencies

Component

Initial/
Reacceptance

Monthly

Quarterly

Semiannually

Annually

1.

Control Equipment: Fire Alarm Systems Monitored for Alarm, Supervisory, and Trouble Signals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (a) Fuses

X

—

—

—

X

 

 (b) Interfaced equipment

X

—

—

—

X

 

 (c) Lamps and LEDs

X

—

—

—

X

 

 (d) Primary (main) power supply

X

—

—

—

X

2.

Control Equipment: Fire Alarm Systems Unmonitored for Alarm, Supervisory, and Trouble Signals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (a) Fuses

X (weekly)

—

—

—

—

 

 (b) Interfaced equipment

X (weekly)

—

—

—

—

 

 (c) Lamps and LEDs

X (weekly)

—

—

—

—

 

 (d) Primary (main) power supply

X (weekly)

—

—

—

—

3.

Batteries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (a) Lead-acid

X

X

—

—

—

 

 (b) Nickel-cadmium

X

—

—

X

—

 

 (c) Primary (dry cell)

X

X

—

—

—

 

 (d) Sealed lead-acid

X

—

—

X

—

4.

Transient Suppressors

X

—

—

X

—

5.

Fire Alarm Control Unit Trouble Signals

X (weekly)

—

—

X

—

6.

Fiber-Optic Cable Connections

X

—

—

—

X

7.

Emergency Voice/Alarm Communications Equipment

X

—

—

X

—

8.

Remote Annunciators

X

—

—

X

—

9.

Initiating Devices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (a) Air sampling

X

—

—

X

—

 

 (b) Duct detectors

X

—

—

X

—

 

 (c) Electromechanical releasing devices

X

—

—

X

—

 

 (d) Fire extinguishing system(s) or suppression system(s) switches

X

—

—

X

—

 

 (e) Fire alarm boxes

X

—

—

X

—

 

 (f) Heat detectors

X

—

—

X

—

 

 (g) Radiant energy fire detectors

X

—

X

—

—

 

 (h) Smoke detectors (excluding one- and two-family dwellings)

X

—

—

X

—

 

 (i) Supervisory signal devices

X

—

X

—

—

 

 (j) Waterflow devices

X

—

X

—

—

10.

Guard’s Tour Equipment

X

—

—

X

—

11.

Combination Systems

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (a) Fire extinguisher monitoring device/systems

X

—

—

X

—

 

 (b) Carbon monoxide detectors/systems

X

—

—

X

—

12.

Interface Equipment

X

—

—

X

—

13.

Alarm Notification Appliances — Supervised

X

—

—

X

—

14.

Exit Marking Audible Notification Appliances

X

—

—

X

—

15.

Supervising Station Fire Alarm Systems — Transmitters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (a) DACT

X

—

—

X

—

 

 (b) DART

X

—

—

X

—

 

 (c) McCulloh

X

—

—

X

—

 

 (d) RAT

X

—

—

X

—

16.

Special Procedures

X

—

—

X

—

17.

Supervising Station Fire Alarm Systems — Receivers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (a) DACR*

X

X

—

—

—

 

 (b) DARR*

X

—

—

X

—

 

 (c) McCulloh systems*

X

—

—

X

—

 

 (d) Two-way RF multiplex*

X

—

—

X

—

 

 (e) RASSR*

X

—

—

X

—

 

 (f) RARS*

X

—

—

X

—

 

 (g) Private microwave*

X

—

—

X

—

18.

Public Fire Alarm Reporting System Transmission Equipment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 (a) Publicly accessible fire alarm box

X

—

—

X

—

 

 (b) Auxiliary box

X

—

—

—

X

 

 (c) Master box

 

 

 

 

 

 

  (1) Manual operation

X

—

—

X

—

 

  (2) Auxiliary operation

X

—

—

—

X

*Reports of automatic signal receipt shall be verified daily.

Exception:

Devices or equipment that is inaccessible for safety considerations (e.g., continuous process operations, energized electrical equipment, radiation, and excessive height) shall be inspected during scheduled shutdowns if approved by the authority having jurisdiction. Extended intervals shall not exceed 18 months.

10.3.2  The visual inspection shall be made to ensure that there are no changes that affect equipment performance.

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