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The Alarm Tests Module (formerly Smoke Alarms Test) has undergone a name change and a change of some of the features so that the module can now track testing of more than one type of alarm.  Several provinces now require that in addition to smoke alarms, CO detectors are installed in residences.


New Features


As a result of new regulations requiring Carbon Monoxide alarm testing this module has been renamed and redesigned to allow departments to document a variety of different alarms.  The addition of a 'Detector Type' field allows this module to document testing of all types of alarms.


The 'Detector Type' drop down menu which displays in the 'Record Window' allows departments to specify the type of alarm which is being tested.This is an 'Edible List' and you can add as many types of alarm as you wish.  Use the 'Edit List' icon to add alarms.



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The 'Search Parameters' in the 'List Window' allows you to produce reports based on the type of alarm tested.  Simply select the 'Detector Type' and then the 'Search' icon .  This will produce a list of all testing records for that 'Detector Type'.


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Custom Fields


The Alarm Tests Module is one of the most configurable modules in FP2.  As you can see below there are seven (7) custom titles for numbers, four (4) custom titles for lists, a custom title for amount and a custom title for date.  These fields are in addition to the mandatory detector type field, date of inspection, mandatory edible list, Inspector field and a large notes field.


All of these custom fields are included in the 'Alarm Report' which allows customized reporting for your department.


These fields can be used to track installation of alarms, replacement of batteries, type of smoke detector, type of building, number of 'alarms' installed or any other information which you department would like to track.  Reporting requirements vary from province to province and using these custom fields will ensure your departments meets its reporting requirements.


Custom fields are activated in Set-Up --> Custom Settings --> Alarms. The following example shows some suggestions which can be implemented.


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Once you have named a custom field it will appear on the 'Alarm Test Record Window'.



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In addition to the custom nameable text boxes, there is a 'Choose Many List' (outlined in red below) which is edited using the 'Edit List' icon .  Here you can add a series of checkboxes to quickly document required inspection details.  This information will appear on the 'Alarm Report'.


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There are also four (4) custom lists (outlined in green above) which will display once they have been named in the 'Custom Settings'.  These list are edited using the 'Edit List' icon  to customize them to your department.  Using the drop down menu allows quick and standardized reporting in these fields.  This information also appears on the  'Alarm Report'.


To create a new 'Alarm Tests' record, start in the Property Module and select the property.  Select the 'Inspections Tab' and then the' Alarm Tests Sub-tab'.  Enter the information and click the 'Save Records' icon  .



Action Menu

Selecting the 'Toolbox' icon in the 'Alarm Tests Record Window' allows the user to 'Show Property' record for this 'Alarm Test' or display the 'Alarm Test Number' assigned to this record.




Using the custom fields can provide very detailed reporting.


The following is an example of an 'Alarm Report' where all custom fields are being used.  Entries into the 'Notes' section appear at the bottom of the report.  The custom fields which your department chooses to use will produce a report specific to your department.


This report is printed by selecting the 'Print' icon in the record window.




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A 'Statistical Report' is available from the 'Alarm Tests List Window'.  Using the 'Search Parameters' allows you to create a report for the desired type of alarm and date period.  The following example is reporting on "Smoke Alarm Detector Type' for the current calendar year.


This report is printed by selecting the 'Print' icon in the record window.


Note:  Where there is no selection identified on the report, this field was left blank in the test record.



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