How do I test / commission my Smoke and Heat Alarms? Aico advice on testing fire alarms

Aico Ei141 Ionisation Smoke Alarm With Hush & Mounting PlateVia Aico’s new website you can find a lot of useful information! We are weekly discovering new interesting and helpful tips concerning the Aico Fire Alarms, the maintenance and testing of the alarms, and even the installing / wiring of the heat or smoke alarms. Below we have compiled the information they presented at How do I test/commission? via, Tips for the Electrical Contractor. Find the answer below to questions like,

  • How do I test my hard wired Alarms?
  • How do I test my Hard Wired Relays?
  • How do I test my Hard Wired Switches and Call Points?
  • How do I test my RadioLINK Alarms and Bases?

How do I test my hard wired Alarms?
[Aico Smoke and CO Alarms]

  1. Step 1: Checking the battery back-up
    # Turn off the mains power to the alarm circuit and check that the green light is off
    # Listen for a couple of minutes. Check that the alarm does not beep (if it does beep, go to the troubleshooting section)
    # Press and hold the test button for up to 10 seconds and check that the alarm sounds. Also check that this triggers all interconnected alarms
  2. Step 2: Checking on mains power
    # Turn the mains power to the alarm circuit back on. Check that the green power light is on (if it is off, check circuit breakers, fuses, wiring etc.)
    # Press and hold the test button for up to 10 seconds and check that the alarm sounds. Also check that this triggers any other interconnected alarms

How do I test my Hard Wired Relays?
[Aico Hard Wired Relays]

  • Make sure the mains power to the circuit is on. Check the green light on the alarms is on (if it is off, check circuit breakers, fuses, wiring etc.)
  • Press and hold the test button on the alarm for around 10 seconds
  • Check the relay switches and the devices connected to it are activated (e.g. strobe flashes)

How do I test my Hard Wired Switches and Call Points?

  • The Remote Control Switch
    # Make sure the mains power to the circuit is on. Check the green light on the alarms is on (if it is off, check circuit breakers, fuses, wiring etc.)
    # Flick the white test switch on the Remote Control Switch to ‘ON’
    # Check all the alarms on the system sound
    # Flick the white test switch to ‘OFF’
  • The Manual Call Point
    # Make sure the mains power to the circuit is on. Check that the green light on the alarms is on (if it is off, check circuit breakers, fuses, wiring etc.)
    # Press the black dot on the Manual Call Point until it clicks in
    # Check that the alarms sound
    # Reset the Manual Call Point by inserting the key into the hole in the bottom and twisting it anti-clockwise until the cover clicks back out

How do I test my RadioLINK Alarms and Bases?
[Aico RadioLINK Alarms/Bases]

  1. Step 1: Checking the battery Back-up
    # Turn off the mains power to the alarm circuit and check that the green light is off
    # Listen for a couple of minutes. Check that the alarm does not beep (if it does beep, go to the troubleshooting section)
    # Press and hold the test button for up to 10 seconds and check that the alarm sounds. Also check that this triggers all interconnected alarms
  2. Step 2: Checking on Mains Power
    # Turn off the mains power to the alarm circuit back on. Check that the green power light is on (if it is off, check circuit breakers, fuses, wiring etc.)
    # Press and hold the test button for up to 10 seconds and check that the alarm sounds. Also check that this triggers any other interconnected alarms

For more details and tips on how to test your fire alarms, components of the system, bases, relays, etc – via the How Do I Test my Aico Fire / Smoke / CO / Heat alarms?

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