Comment on fire inspections from May 17, 2014 article
    For the question/comment on the fire inspections of 25% of the heat sensors, the scope of the periodical inspection should be described in detail so the customer knows what they are agreeing to. After that your records should record which were inspected and on the next inspection should consist of the next 25% sampling.
    As for the Protect America, this assumes that "anon" has a valid contract in place and that any state imposed renewal notices were followed.
Bart A. Didden President 
U.S.A. Central Station Alarm Corp. 
with offices in NY, CT & MN 
    As you rewrite your contract, you may want to keep in mind that some, particularly the older ones, of the heat detectors are single use, somewhat like matches or the old flashbulbs. They have a wax that melts and the heat sink falls out. Those cannot be tested and have to be replaced on a schedule that the code requires. The newer ones are of a bi-metallic type that self reset. I did not want you to get trapped into having to replace heat detectors that could not be merely inspected. You may want to allow for that possibility in your new contract?
Gary Dawkins
    re: Fire Alarm Inspection Requirements.
    I would not amend your contract to give the option of inspection as per  AHJ or Code requirements because l feel that option would expose the dealer to additional liabilities and not provide full protection and piece of mind for the customer, as many times there are multiple layers of AHJ's and codes/  inspection & test requirements change over time.
    Wouldn't you be responsible for performing these changes if you checked the as per code option?
    For example, if you inspect a group home that is affiliated with the NYS OPWDD you would have to make sure you satisfied the local town code which may require semi annual visual "inspection" of all devices and selected "testing"of a certian percentage of devices plus OPWDD requirement of complete quarterly inspections.
    How, if during the term of your agreement the customer changes its affiliation to say NYS OMH, there may be other requirements involved as well ? Or if you or the signer weren't 100% sure of what their affiliation was?
    In NYC the Smoke Detector Maintenance  Law only requires inspect, test and cleaning of Smoke detectors.  Does that mean you don't test and inspect the audible and visible devices as well ?
Bob Williams 
         All great comments and observations.  The Standard Fire All in One has been modified to provide that inspections are minimum required by AHJ, because that's what you have to do if you are inspecting.  The earlier versions provided for inspecting all components, which you can still agree to do, but you'd have to specifiy that in the contract.  As in other areas of the All in One forms we want to provide for at least the minimum that you are required to do, either by code, AHJ, manufacturers or custom and practice in the industry. 

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