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               NFPA CODE TESTING & INSPECTION Requirements & Recommendations
       for Licensed Florida Health Care Facilities per NFPA Life Safety Code – 101 (2006) Edition
      Biannual or semiannual = 2 time a year or every 6 months       Biennial = every other year or every 2 years



                Required tests and inspections                         Frequency            NFPA Reference

I.   Fire Alarm System:
     A. System operational test & central station notification            Yearly            72 (2002) 10.4.3
     B. All manual pull stations                                          Yearly           72 (2002) 10.4.3
     C. All indicating smoke detectors - operational test                 Yearly           72 (2002) 10.4.3
     D. All smoke detectors - sensitivity test                      Within 1 year of       72 (2002) 10.4.3
                                                                  installation & then Biennial
     E. Restorable heat detectors                                     20% yearly or        72 (2002) 10.4.3.4
                                                                    100% in 5 years
     F. Non restorable heat detectors                              After 15 years, test 72 (2002) 10.4.3.4 &
                                                                  2/100 or replace all     10.4.2.2 (13) 4
                                                                                        72 (2002) 10.4.2.2 &
     G. Remote annunciators                                               Yearly         10.4.3 (14)
     H. Fire panel inspection, cert and tag                               Yearly         72 (2002) 10.4.3 (1)
     I. Alarm supervisory & trouble signals – can include:            Quarterly and    72 (2002) 10.4.3 (15) L
        sprinkler system alarms                                        Semiannual                (m)(n)
                  This can be done as part of quarterly sprinkler system testing.

II. Ventilating System Dampers & Detectors
    A. Fire damper - maintenance – remove thermal links,    Every 4 years or
              operate damper to verify closure & lubricate.   25% yearly       90A(2002) 5.4.7
    B. Fire, Smoke & Ceiling Dampers – maintenance testing Recommd biennial 90A (02) Appd’x. B.2.1
    C. Smoke detectors for automatic control                  Test yearly      90A(2002) 6.4.1




III. Automatic Sprinkler System:
     A. Waterflow switches (fire alarm in 90 seconds per
         NFPA 72, 5.10.2), tamper switches, trouble alarm tests       Quarterly             25 (2002) 6.3.3
     B. Sprinkler system inspection & test                            Quarterly             25 (2002) Table 5.1
     C. Fire pump flow capacity test run (no flow)                     Weekly                25 (2002) 8.3.1
     D. Fire pump flow capacity test (flow)                            Yearly               25 (2002) 8.3.3
     E. Calibrate pressure gauge, extra high temp. heads        Every 5 years           (2002) 5.3.2 &5.3.1.1.3
     F. System obstruction flushing – only where condit. exists        5 years            25 (2002) Chap. 13
     G. post indicator & control valves test                          Annually               25 (2002) 12.3.3
     H. Water storage tanks, temp & water level switch alarm     Monthly/Weekly         25(2002) 9.2.1& 9.2.4.3
     I. Dry pipe valves trip test                                      Yearly           25 (2002) 12.4.4.2.2
     J. Dry pipe valves full flow test                             Every 3 years        25 (2002) 12.4.4.2.2.2
     K. Fire Hose (occupant use) inspect & re-rack                     Yearly            1962 (2003) Chapter 7
                                                                At 5 year & then
     L. Fire Hose (occupant use) pressure test                     every 3 years         1962 (2003) Chapter 7
     M. Fire hydrant (private) functional test                         Yearly               25 (2002) 7.3.2
     N. Fire hydrant (private) piping flow test                    Every 5 years            25 (2002) 7.3.1
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IV. Other Fire Suppression Systems & Equipment: does not include all types – just most common
    A. Portable fire extinguishers in-house inspection           Monthly              10 (2002) 6.2
    B. Portable fire extinguishers (tagging) maintenance          Yearly              10 (2002) 6.3
    C. Portable fire extinguishers - re-fill & maintenance    Every 6 years           10 (2002) 6.3.3
    D. Portable fire extinguishers - hydrostatic test         Every 12 years      10 (2002) Table 7.2
    E. Gas (Halon) systems – inspection & tested                Biannually        12A (2004) Chapter 6
    F. Kitchen hood extinguishing system – tag & service        Biannually            96 (2004) 11.2
    G. Kitchen hood exting. system, replace fusible links       Biannually            96 (2004) 11.2.4
    H. Kitchen hood exting. system – Quick Check - in-house   Monthly       17 11.2 & 17A (2002) 7.2
    I. Water spray systems, flow test & flush                     Yearly              25 (2002) 10.2



V. Facility Requirements applicable to NFPA 99 – chapters 12-18 specify application of chapters 3 -11.
   A. Hospitals                                                 All requirements NFPA 99 (‘05) Chap.13
   B. Ambulatory Surgical Centers                              Some requirements NFPA 99 (‘05) Chap.14
   C. Nursing Homes                                            Some requirements NFPA 99 (‘05) Chap.17
   D. Birth Centers                              Requirements as applicable        NFPA 99 (‘05) Chap.21
   E. Laboratories – safety officer appointed - 11.8.1.1 &
     periodic inspection of electrical, gas & safety equipment 11.8.1.1.2 & 1.1.3 NFPA 99 (‘05) Chap.11
   F. Hyperbaric Fac. – safety ofcr. appted.; maint. & testing 20.3.1.3.2 & 20.3.4 NFPA 99 (‘05) Chap.20
   G. Appendix & Annex – not Code Requirements (Recommendations)

VI.    Electrical Power Standby System: (EPSS)                                        110 (2005) 8.4.1
      A. Emergency generator system –          inspect weekly &    test monthly     99 (2005) 4.4.4.1.1.2
      B. Emergency generator - run under load                     30 min./month       110 (2005) 8.4.2
      C. Emerg. Gen – diesel – not meeting 8-4.2                  2 hrs. annually    110 (2005) 8.4.2.3
      D. Main & feeder circuit breakers – exercise per mfr. &     Inspect yearly    99 (2005) 4.4.4.1.2.1
      E. Storage batteries - inspect & maintenance                    Weekly        99 (2005) 4.4.4.1.3
      F. Emergency Lighting- “            “ 30 sec. Monthly--- --90 min. Annually   101 (2006) 7.9.3
      G. EPSS shall be test run continuously for 4 hours for      Every 3 years     110(2005) 8.4.9
            (All facilities)
      H. Annual fuel quality testing.                           Annual as of 3-1-09 110(2005) 8.3.8

VII. Electrical Testing:
     A. Receptacles in critical care areas - test Hospital grade     - at intervals per    99 (2005) 4.3.3.2
     B. Receptacles in general areas – test non-hospital grade         documented          99 (2005) 4.3.3.2
     C. Receptacles in wet locations -            yearly            performance data      99 (2005) 4.3.2.2.8
     D. Ground fault circuit interrupters - test                           Yearly          99 (2005) 4.3.3.4
     E. Patient care electrical equipment (critical care) test     Biannual or except.    99 (2005) 8.5.2.1.2
     F. Patient care electrical equipment (general care) test      Yearly or exception    99 (2005) 8.5.2.1.2
     G. Patient care electrical equipment (wet locations) test     Biannual or except.    99 (2005) 8.5.2.1.2
     H. Conductive floors (maintain & test only w/ flam. anest.)   Monthly 99 (2005)       Annex E, E.6.6.8
      I. Line isolation monitors - test circuits                           Monthly        99 (2005) 4.3.4.1.4
     J. Test instrument – continuity testing                               Yearly         99 (2005) 4.3.3.1.5

VIII. Medical Gas Systems: periodic testing for gas & alarm systems shall be done 99     (2005)
     A. Reserve supply operation & warm signals              Recommend yearly 99 , Appendix C.5.2
     B. Mainline pressure & change over signals              Recommend daily      99 , Appendix C.5.2
     C. Signal panel audible/visual signals                       “    monthly    99 , Appendix C.5.2
     D. Reserve in use warning signals - test                   “      monthly    99 , Appendix C.5.2
     E. Compressed air intake -test                           “       quarterly   99 , Appendix C.5.2
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