The 5 Question Fire Alarm Quiz

smoke detector about to set off a fire alarm system

Whether you’re new to fire alarm systems, or you’re a seasoned pro, this 5 question fire alarm quiz will certainly heighten your awareness.
I will give you the questions first, and then in the next section,  I will give you the answers as well as an explanation as to why that’s the answer.
Good luck!

Welcome to Our Fire Alarm Quiz!

Please write your answers down on a separate sheet of paper so you can check your answers at the end of the post.

#1 – You can save about __% on commercial property insurance by installing a fire alarm system that reports to authorities?

a) 0
b) 5-10
c) 10-15
d) 15-20
e) 26.4

#2 – True or False?

An optical smoke detector is one that detects smoke by using light sensors (infrared LED). When smoke particles pass thru the chamber of the optical detector, it scatters light that triggers the alarm.

#3 – What can a licensed Fire Alarm Technician do with fire alarms?

a) Installation
b) Inspection
c) Certifying
d) Servicing
e) Testing
f) Maintaining
g) Monitoring
h) All of the above

#4 – True or False?

A red or blue tag is usually used on a fire alarm system that does not meet applicable codes and standards.

#5 – Single conductors shall not be smaller than __ A.W.G.

a) 18
b) 22
c) 26
d) 30
e) 34 

Answers and Explanations

 
#1 – You can save about __% on commercial property insurance by installing a fire alarm system that reports to authorities?

The correct answer is c, 10-15%.

We’ve called a few commercial property insurance companies and they both claimed 10-15% savings. Certainly there are other variables involved, but more the majority of businesses, 10-15% would be a typical savings.

#2 – True or False – An optical smoke detector is one that detects smoke by using light sensors (infrared LED). When smoke particles pass thru the chamber of the optical detector, it scatters light that triggers the alarm.

The correct answer is True.

Explainthatstuff.com has a great article explaining how smoke detectors work using a Tom Cruise/Mission Impossible reference.

#3 – What can a licensed Fire Alarm Technician do with fire alarms?

The correct answer is H, all of the above.

For more information about NICET certification, click here.

#4 – True or False – A red or blue tag is usually used on a fire alarm system that does not meet applicable codes and standards.

The correct answer is False.

A yellow label should be used if a system does not meet applicable codes and standards.

#5 – Single conductors shall not be smaller than __ A.W.G.

The correct answer is a – 18

A.W.G. NFPA 760.142 states that single conductors shall not be smaller than 18 A.W.G. 

In closing, we would like to thank you for taking the fire alarm quiz! We hope you did great, but most importantly, we hope you learned at least one new fact about fire alarm and detection systems.