COVID 19 Update, Fire System Confidence Testing

In accordance with Governor Jay Inslee’s amended proclamation, effective November 17, 2020 through January 4, 2020, confidence testing should continue with safe worksite practices.

Testing Requirements

  • 100% complete test reports must be submitted timely (within 7 days of date of test, except for impairments/critical deficiencies, which must be submitted on the same day). Please reserve yellow tags for deficiencies, not incomplete tests, except in the case when a testing company has made multiple inspection visits with proper notice and is unable to gain compliance with testing access due to building owner lack of cooperation.

  • Bothell Fire Department now allows testing companies to perform video or photographic inspections of unit devices in situations when certified technicians believe they are able to verify functionality using those means.

  • A single non-renewable extension of up to 3 months will be provided per property if there is a public health reason to defer testing in a portion of an occupancy. However, thereafter the building owner must work with the testing company to complete required testing or repairs. To request an extension please email the specific circumstances to crr@bothellwa.gov.

  • Impairments/critical deficiencies must be resolved promptly and will not receive any extension.

  • Inspection and testing companies must follow the Governor’s Safe Start Guidelines to protect employees and customers: https://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/covid-19-resources/covid-19-reopeningguidance-businesses-and-workers

 

Annual Sprinkler Inspections 

Section 5.1 of NFPA 25 requires a complete walkthrough of the building and a visual inspection of every accessible sprinkler head and other system component, from floor level. All sprinkler heads require visual inspection except those in concealed spaces. A partial inspection that visually inspects some but not all accessible sprinkler heads would not constitute an NFPA 25 compliant inspection and is not accepted by Bothell Fire Department. Inspection and testing companies find that proper notice to the tenants by email or physical posting in a common area can be helpful.

Annual or Quarterly Fire Alarm Inspections

NFPA 14.3.1 requires all fire alarm devices to be tested annually, with very limited exceptions. In general, the test is not considered completed until all the devices have been tested (or for buildings with quarterly testing, the final report for the year is not complete until 100% of devices requiring testing have been tested). Inspection and testing companies find that proper notice to the tenants by email or physical posting in a common area can be helpful.