Fire alarm test to be performed at University Hospital on Sunday, Nov. 8

November 5, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Please be advised that on the morning of Sunday, Nov. 8, University Hospital must complete a code required test of the fire alarm system. 

This four-hour test will include testing of audible and visual fire alarm devices (horns/strobes), fire doors, power door operators (push plates/wave-to opens) and card readers. The fire alarm will ring for 15 minutes of this test.

What to expect on the morning of Sunday, Nov. 8  

3 a.m. – 8 a.m.: 

  • The fire alarm will not ring during this time
  • Doors with hold-open devices will lose power, close and remain closed until the completion of the audible/visual test below. 
  • Doors can still be manually opened to allow passage and power door operators will continue to operate during this time.

8 a.m. -8:15 a.m.: 

  • A public address announcement will be made prior to, and upon completion of, this part of the test. 
  • The fire alarm in University Hospital will be initiated and all audible and visual fire alarm devices will remain active building-wide for 15 minutes.
  • Fire doors can be opened manually to allow passage, but power door operators will not function during this time. 
  • Doors with hold-open devices will be restored to their original position building-wide, and power door operators will again be operational after completion of this part of the test.  

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.:

  • The fire alarm will not ring during this time.
  • Additional testing will be completed, one floor at a time, to ensure that all fire doors, power door operators and card readers function appropriately during a fire alarm.
  • Doors with hold-open devices on the floor being tested will again close and power door operators will not be operational, but doors can be opened manually to allow passage. 
  • Doors with hold-open devices will be restored to their original position and power operators will again be operational after testing is complete on each individual floor. 

Fire suppression system and smoke detectors will remain operational:

The fire detection/suppression system, including sprinklers, smoke detectors, reporting and communication mechanisms will continue to function and be active for the duration of the test.

In an actual fire emergency, follow standard procedures:

During this test, hospital employees will be expected to Rescue, Alarm, Contain and Extinguish (R.A.C.E.), and most importantly DIAL 9-1-1 to report a fire’s location, alert occupants and then pull the fire alarm.

Please contact April Pearsall with any questions, aprildp@med.umich.edu or by phone at 734-936-5999.

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