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Ohio's Fire Alarm Tag Law applies to new and existing commercial systems!

 

If you install fire alarm systems in Ohio, this could be the beginning of an big upturn in your business! 

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Ohio Fire Code effective since 11-1-11.

Verified 4/8/2015

As a national provider of fire alarm training, we want to make all fire alarm installing companies doing business in the state of Ohio aware of some changes recently adopted into the Ohio Fire Code.  These changes are important and can significantly impact our industry in a positive way. 

The first code adoption requires an Annual Inspection Tag be completed and attached to every fire alarm system (OFC 901.6.3) – both new and existing systems included.  Although the inspection of these systems has always been required, the tag rule is new.  This tag should be completed and placed at the FACP or other "approved location" when the fire licensed technician performs the site’s annual, semi-annual or quarterly inspection.  Secondly, our Ohio Fire Code now requires an Out of Service Tag be placed on any required fire alarm system or portion thereof that is non-operational (OFC 901.7.2). 

 The adoption of these two new requirements is important because it means that we will see the enforcement of required Fire Alarm System Test & Inspections begin statewide.  Until now, few municipalities in our state put much emphasis on these inspection requirements.  Now that an Inspection Tag is required, it will be much easier for fire code officials to enforce building owners to make sure their building fire alarm system is in proper operation.  Now, when the fire safety officer enters a building inspecting for things like properly working emergency lighting, clutter free exits, un-padlocked fire doors and a tag on the fire extinguisher, he will also be able to check for a fire alarm system Inspection Tag.  A glance at this tag will tell the inspector at once whether or not the building Fire Alarm system is under contract for regular test and inspections by a licensed fire alarm company.  And no building owner in the sate will want to leave their system un-repaired for very long because it means a red Out of Service tag will be posted on their Fire Alarm control panel.

 The tags will make the inspectors’ jobs easier, which means enforcement will take place, which means building owners will hire licensed contractors to perform this service, which means buildings - and therefore the public - will be safer.  It is a win-win-win across the board.

 We are making it easy for your company to comply with these new code adoptions by offering our Ohio Fire Alarm System Compliance Document Packages.  In addition to the required Annual Inspection Tag and Out of Service stickers, imprinted with your own company  name and license number, we have included Impairment and Service stickers as well as Installation stickers.  The Basic Compliance Package includes all these tags, plastic sleeves for insertion of the Annual Inspection tag and even a hole punch.  The Complete Compliance Package includes all of the above plus tablets of Inspection Forms and Record of Completion Forms from NFPA 72 printed on 2-part pressure sensitive paper. 

 

So why the white tag and green tag?

 

 

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This tagging rule isn't just for new installations!   All your existing fire alarm installations are to comply! 

Question:  What if the customer isn't having us do their inspections and tests?

Answer:  That's the point.  Place the un-punched tag, as required, and let the local fire official discover the violation.   It is the customer's responsibility to delegate this required testing "in writing".  Hopefully, this results in a "written" contract with your company.

Our Basic Compliance Package consists of:

50 Blue Inspection Tags

50 Plastic Sleeves

50 Tag Wires

50 White Adhesive Backed Installation Tags

50 Red Adhesive Backed Out of Service Tags

100 Yellow Adhesive Backed Impairment Tags

150 Green Adhesive Backed Service Tags

1 Hole Punch

1 Instruction Packet

 

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Forms may be ordered separately:

Record of Completion

Test and Inspection Record

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Tag Features:

bulletThe white, yellow, red and green "tags" are adhesive backed stickers.
bulletThe blue Test and Inspection tag is two sided and kept in a holder for easy access by the fire inspector.
bulletNon-glossy paper for clear writing using ink pen.
bulletWhite  tag is for compliance with Chapter Four of NFPA 72.
bulletA self-tapping, self-drilling sheet metal screw is included for securing each tag holder. 
bulletTag holder is crystal-clear heavy plastic.  Tags may also be attached using the included wire twist-tie
bulletA sturdy, round hole punch is included.

When do I apply each of these tags?

How are they to be filled out and by whom?

CLICK HERE  for complete tagging instructions.

The forms are included in the "Complete Compliance Package"!

 

Complete Compliance Package:

50 Blue Inspection Tags

50 Plastic Sleeves

50 Tag Wires

50 White Adhesive Backed Installation Tags

50 Red Adhesive Backed Out of Service Tags

100 Yellow Adhesive Backed Impairment Tags

150 Green Adhesive Backed Service Tags

50 Record of Completion Forms on 2-part pressure sensitive paper (5 tablets of 10 each)

150 Test/Inspection Forms on 2-part pressure sensitive paper (15 tablets of 10 sets of forms)

1 Hole Punch

1 Instruction Packet