One of the more common issues reported to our service technicians is "My fire panel trouble light is on and cannot be turned off." There's often a misunderstanding that a trouble light can be reset, like a fire alarm or other notification. This is not the case; trouble signals indicate that there is a larger issue somewhere in the system that must be resolved before the signal can be cleared.
When constructing a building, or inspecting it to ensure it is up to code, the International Building Code (IBC) outlines the minimum amount of fire protection needed. The NFPA allows you to exceed these minimum requirements. Every location has different needs and objectives, therefore system performance goals should be determined by stakeholders on a location-by-location basis. Watch the video below as fire protection expert Lee Kaiser discusses the IBC, how it applies to your facility, and some of the different options available.
Having a fire system fail to detect a fire can be extremely costly and potentially detrimental to human safety. We know how important it is to find the cause of a failure before the devastating consequences have a chance to take their toll. Watch the video below for a brief explanation of some of the common detection failure causes and different scenarios to be aware of.
When fire alarm panels are in trouble condition, it can be difficult to find the root cause of the problem. Trouble signals occur due to ground faults, circuit problems, battery faults, or other failures within the system. Watch this video as ORR VP of Engineering Lee Kaiser walks us through the common causes for many trouble signals and the cures to troubleshooting them.