How Do I Test an Interlogix Wireless Smoke Detector?
You can test an Interlogix Wireless Smoke Detector by putting your system in test mode and then directing canned smoke into the vents on the detector. The sensor should activate and put the system into a fire alarm. You can clear the alarm and take the system off of test mode when finished.
Interlogix Wireless Smoke Detectors operate at 319.5 MHz. They work like nearly any smoke detector for an alarm system. Upon activation, the sensor will alert the security system and put it into alarm. The system will then forward the alarm notification to a central monitoring station and/or to the end user directly, depending on their monitoring plan. An example of an Interlogix Wireless Smoke Detector is the Interlogix SDX-135Z Photoelectric Smoke and Heat Detector.
Testing your smoke detectors regularly is extremely important, regardless of which smoke detector models you are using. You need to make sure that these devices are working properly so that they will properly alert your system in the event of a fire. A malfunctioning smoke detector is a serious safety concern, and it could result in building occupants not being properly alerted when a fire occurs. Additionally, this issue can also lead to a delayed response to a fire, resulting in more property damage. We recommend testing smoke detectors at least once per month for proper operation. Some users may prefer to test more frequently.
Some Interlogix Smoke Detectors may feature a test button for testing purposes. However, this test button is merely for testing the sensor's communication with the panel. If you want to actually test the performance of the sensor and ensure that it can reliably detect smoke and respond accordingly, then you must activate the sensor in the same way that it would activate in a real fire. The best way to do this is to use canned smoke. In a pinch, you may be able to use a lit cotton ball or a wick to test the sensor. But we find that canned smoke works best. A good canned smoke product to use is the SDI SOLOA10 4.8 oz Can.
Please note that if you have central station monitoring service, then you must always put your system on test mode with the central station before conducting a smoke detector test. This is very important for preventing unnecessary dispatch. Many jurisdictions will charge end users significant fines for false alarms. Always make sure your system is on test mode when testing your smoke detectors.
Complete the following steps to test an Interlogix Wireless Smoke Detector:
1. Activate test mode. If you have central station monitoring service, put your system in test mode before beginning the test. More information on putting your system into test mode can be found here. If your panel is not monitored, or if you only have self-monitoring service, then you do not need to worry about this.
2. Trigger the smoke detector. At your Interlogix Smoke Detector, direct canned smoke into the sensor vents. If you do not have canned smoke, you can try using a lit cotton ball or a wick. But canned smoke usually works best. The device should activate upon detecting the smoke. If it does not activate after continuous exposure to smoke, try cleaning and troubleshooting the unit. If it still does not activate, then you may need to replace the module with a new one.
3. Clear the alarm. Upon activation, the smoke detector will cause an alarm on your system. Most systems will allow you to stop the sounder with a valid code entry. You may also need to acknowledge the fire alarm for it to fully clear. Refer to the instructions of your security system for more information.
4. Exit test mode. If you put your system on test mode back in Step 1, you should now take it off of test mode. You can often have the central station put your system on test mode for a set period of time, so you might just simply wait for your system to be taken off of test mode.
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