How to reset a fire alarm pull stationMayara
Once someone triggers a pull station, it will remain in the active position. Also, some older pull station models require you to break a glass to activate it, which would obviously invalidate its usage. In this case, after an emergency is handled, what is the best way to make a pull station functional again? All you have to do is reset it. Learn how to reset a pull station and be prepared if you ever need to reactivate one.
How to reset a pull station: step by step
You can find different types of pull stations, but all of them work very similarly. That’s why to reset a pull station you only have to know fundamental steps.
1 – After the activation, most fire alarm pull stations will be restored into the ready position with the use of a key or special tool. So you’ll definitely need one of these. Some tools come with the pull station when you buy it. Others, like the key for Notifier pull station NBG-12LX, need to be purchased separately.
2 – If you have a T-Bar pull station, which is the most common one, all you have to do is insert a key into the lock and rotate it counterclockwise. In some models, you can open the door until the handle returns to the normal position. In others, you can turn a switch inside the pull station, which will change the activated function to deactivated.
3 – Once the pull station is in the ready position, all you have to do is to close and lock the door. Once closed, the alarm can then be reset from the fire alarm control panel.
If you don’t have the correct tool, resetting a fire alarm pull station might require the help of a technician or building maintenance. When having the right key, though, it’s a straightforward procedure to handle.
Different types of pull station
Now that you have learned how to reset a pull station, you might want to know more about the different types of pull stations.
Manual pull stations
Every pull station has features that match different buildings and local jurisdiction requirements. Manual pull stations, for example, can be single-action or dual-action.
In manual single-action pull stations, all you have to do to activate the equipment is to pull down on the handle. Meanwhile, the dual-action pull stations require a second action for activation, usually pushing in and then pulling down on a handle. This equipment is safer than the single-action one and can discourage any unintentional actions or misconduct.
Addressable and non-addressable pull stations
Besides single action and dual action pull stations, we have addressable and non-addressable ones. To simplify, addressable pull stations have an address. Considering that, an addressable manual pull station can guarantee a more assertive response in the event of a fire because it identifies the specific location where the manual pull station was activated.
Non-addressable pull stations are actually the reason why some equipment has a breakable glass. You might think the glass is there for protection and to avoid misconduct, but there is another reason.
Before addressable pull stations, firefighters used to have difficulty finding which equipment had been triggered. With visibly broken glass, usually scattered on the floor near the pull station, it is much easier to find out. That’s also the reason why pull stations can’t be restored right away. The location of the equipment is essential to determine where the pull station was triggered.
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