Monday, April 29, 2013

AHCA/NCAL Life Safety Update: Manufacturer Announces Potential Pull-Station Defects

Honeywell recently announced a potential defect with their BG-10 series pull stations. These pull stations were manufactured from 1992 through 2010 under multiple brands including ADT, Fire-Lite Alarms, Johnson Control Inc. and Notifier. Over time, deterioration inside the devices can occur, preventing the pull stations from transmitting an alarm signal when activated. Examples of the BG-10 pull stations are provided below. All BG-10 series pull stations will look similar to those shown.

Several options are available if you determine that you have one of these devices.

  1. Replace the pull station with the newer model BG-12 pull station (recommended by Honeywell). The recommended substitution based on your exact model along with pictures and datasheets can be found here. New, addressable indoor pull stations will likely cost around $100 per device to replace, not including the labor to install it.
  2. Replace the alarm switch seal (provided free of charge) during the next scheduled testing and inspection session. The testing and inspection of pull stations is required on an annual basis and is most likely provided by a fire alarm contractor during the annual inspection and testing of the fire alarm system. Information on this process can be found here. Honeywell recommends that this process only be performed by a qualified fire alarm service provider as opening the pull station without taking adequate precautions will set off the fire alarm system.
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