Lincoln County Fire Protection District #1 requires all new or altered commercial fire alarm systems to be issued a Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL) certificate. Known in the industry as a “UUFX” Certification, this program helps reduce false alarms, ensure that systems are properly maintained, serviced and that they comply with nationally recognized codes and standards. In addition, a permit is required from the Fire District for new installations or alterations to existing fire alarm systems.
Fire Alarm installation and monitoring companies must be UL certified to handle UUFX installations. You can find an approved list of these companies here.
UUFX Certification consists of the following:
- Installation of fire alarm transmitters
- Signal monitoring and retransmission
- Record keeping and reporting
- Testing and maintenance
- Runner service (response to property for alarms when the system cannot be reset by someone on-site and required response for trouble alarms.
- As-built system drawings showing device locations, wiring runs, breaker locations, etc.
- Battery calculations
- Initial Acceptance tests
- Owner’s Manual
- Minimum of 24 hrs. standby power
- Contracts and agreements to indicate who is responsible for each element of service.
Many insurance companies provide premium reductions for having a UL Certificated Fire Alarm System. Please check with your insurance provider to determine if you are eligible for these credits.
More information can be found at www.ul.com.