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Systems 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


Clear Agent / CO2 / Dry Chemical / Other Agent


Emergency Generator


Fire Alarm System

Annually / Quarterly

Fire Pump


Foam System


Haz-Mat Emergency Alarm System


Sequence Test (found on Fire Alarm Form)


Smoke Control Systems


Spray Booths


Stairway Door Locks


Standpipe - Marinas and Piers



5 Years

Fire Escapes

5 Years

Systems Testing and Reporting Overview

Testing Schedule and Information

Impaired Systems Notification and Mitigation

Systems Testing CAM (PDF)

Report of Impaired System Form

Systems 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.


Last Modified:   January 03, 2017

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