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Confidence Testing Schedule

The chart below shows test intervals for various types of fire protection systems. In addition, there are secondary tests and certain maintenance processes that must be performed periodically. The intervals for secondary procedures are one, four, five, six, ten, 12, 20, and 50 years depending on the type of system or component, and are defined in national standards including NFPA 25 and NFPA 72.

System Type

Test Frequency

Range Hood

6 Months

Automatic Sprinkler - all types

Annually

Clear Agent / CO2 / Dry Chemical / Other Agent

Annually

Emergency Generator

Annually

Fire Alarm System

Annually / Quarterly

Fire Pump

Annually

Foam System

Annually

Haz-Mat Emergency Alarm System

Annually

Sequence Test (found on Fire Alarm Form)

Annually

Smoke Control Systems

Annually

Spray Booths

Annually

Stairway Door Locks

Annually

Standpipe - Marinas and Piers

Annually

Standpipe

5 Years

Fire Escapes

5 Years

Systems Testing and Reporting Overview

Testing Schedule and Information

Impaired Systems Notification and Mitigation

Confidence Testing CAM (PDF)

Fees and Reporting for Tests Conducted Prior to 1/1/2014

Report of Impaired System Form

Confidence Testing Forms
 

Fire Safety Companies
with Seattle Fire Department Certified Technicians

Note regarding fire alarm systems in high rise buildings:  Fire alarm systems in high rise buildings may have one-fourth of the entire system tested quarterly so that the entire system is confidence tested annually.

Note regarding portable fire extinguishers: Portable fire extinguishers shall be inspected and tested annually.  A portable fire extinguisher will considered in compliance when a certified technician dates, signs and affixes a tag containing the information specified for tags by this rule.  A confidence testing report is not required for portable fire extinguishers.

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Last Modified:   December 31, 2013

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