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Fire Drill - Transmission of Fire Alarm "After Hours"

What is the requirement for fire signal transmissions during fire drills?

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The Joint Commission standard EC.02.03.03 EP 3 requires transmission of a fire signal during every fire drill requiring the fire alarm to be activated. 

There is an allowance for a coded announcement to replace audible alarms for fire drills conducted between the hours of 9:00 pm and 6:00 am. This allows for only silencing the audible signals not the transmission of the fire alarm signal.  

Reference: 
NFPA 101-2012 18/19.7.1.7;7.1; 7.2; 7.3 
Last updated on March 19, 2021
Manual: Hospital and Hospital Clinics
Chapter: Environment of Care EC

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