This three-hour online course provides students with the basics for installing a Residential Fire System, which includes Control Panels, Initiating Devices, Notification Appliances, Wiring and Circuitry, and Power Requirements. The following topics will be covered:
- Explain key considerations for choosing and installing a Residential Fire Alarm control panel.
- Describe requirements for proper installation of a control panel.
- Describe control panel programming basics and best practices.
- Identify some of the most common optional devices for a control panel.
- Explain the behavior and movement of smoke and fire and their progressive stages.
- Identify the various types of smoke, heat, and CO detectors.
- Describe the different smoke, heat, and CO detector technologies.
- Describe the proper locations and mounting of smoke, heat, and CO detectors in a one- and two – family home according to code requirements.
- Describe the different types of notification appliances – audible, visible, and tactile.
- Explain distinctive sound (temporal-3) and the code requirements including: Decibel Levels, Strobes and ADA (sleeping areas), Siren Drivers and Speakers, and Voice Siren Drivers and Speakers.
- Explain installation of Notification Appliances, as well as mounting locations in sleeping and non-sleeping rooms.
Wiring and Circuitry
- Explain general wiring requirements as defined by NFPA 70 and NFPA 72, including fire wire ratings and cable markings, splicing, and t-tapping.
- Describe the requirements for monitoring integrity of fire alarm circuits.
- Explain how to connect initiating circuits to the panel and control panel zoning.
- Identify the proper method for the wiring of fire components, such as 2 and 4 wire smoke detectors, notification appliances, NACs, and CO detectors.
- Describe wiring requirements for various communication methods, such as DACTs, and IP.
- Explain the requirements for wireless systems, including monitoring for integrity and signals from control unit/receiver.
- Explain the basic residential fire system power terms, like primary and secondary power, and transformers.
- Devine primary power circuitry guidelines for proper installation.
- Explain how to calculate standby battery for a given residential fire alarm system.
- The proper method for connecting batteries; including connecting in serial and parallel.
- Describe how battery rating relates to voltage requirements of the control panel and how to calculate.
What to expect in this course: The presentation includes text, audio, graphics, videos and activities to help you absorb the information presented. This course has a short quiz at the end, which you will be required to pass with a 80% or greater to complete the course.