How to overcome a fear of fire alarms

How to overcome a fear of fire alarms

Pyrophobia is quite a common phobia and many people around the globe are known to be deeply afraid of fire. The word Pyrophobia originates from Greek ‘pur/pyr’ meaning fire and ‘phobos’ meaning fear or deep dread. To an extent, the fear of fire is healthy, evolutionary and normal. However, in case of a phobic, the fear turns debilitating, often affecting his/her daily life wherein one is unable to withstand even small or controlled fires.

How to overcome a fear of fire alarms

To a Pyrophobic individual, the mere smell of smoke or something burning can trigger an intense anxiety attack. This causes him/her to constantly check the stove/gas leading to obsessive compulsive personality disorders.

Causes of fear of fire phobia

It is easy to understand where the fear of fire originates from.

Since ancient times, mankind has depended on fire but has also been burnt by it. Fire can cook food but it is known to cause large scale destruction. Since childhood, we are warned by parents and caregivers to stay away from fire.

House fires, though rare today, can still cause massive destruction to life and property. Man has been able to control them to an extent, by using sophisticated fire alarms and smoke detectors. But despite these things, dangerous blazes do occur even in the most advanced countries from time to time.

One such negative or traumatic experience with fire in the past (direct or indirect) is the most likely cause of Pyrophobia. Some phobics do not even remember how their fear originated in the first place. Psychoanalysis or hypnotherapy is required in such cases to delve deep into the phobic’s mind and establish the root cause of the phobia.

Symptoms of Pyrophobia

Like all other phobias, Pyrophobia is also characterized by anxiety and panic attacks when the individual is faced with a situation involving fire. S/he tends to have an extremely negative outlook towards all events that are likely to trigger fire hazards.

Physically and psychologically, the following symptoms might be present:

  • Dry mouth, difficulty in swallowing, trembling, palpitations and shaking in the vicinity of fires.
  • Some individuals cannot even stand small fires like birthday candles, fireworks etc.
  • Thoughts of death or dying, feeling like choking.
  • Going to abnormal lengths to prevent dangers from fires: Checking and rechecking several times a day to ensure the gas/stove is off, keeping an escape route ready in event fire does occur or spending huge amounts of money on fire extinguishers, smoke alarms etc are some examples of such behavior.
  • Those with extreme levels of Pyrophobia experience a full blown panic attack at the sight, smell, or thought of fire: running away, fainting, screaming, feeling nauseated etc.

Such emotional turmoil caused by the phobia can deeply affect one’s normal functioning.

Overcoming and treating Pyrophobia

The first step in treating fear of fire phobia is to diagnose it. Often, the phobic is able to assess if his/her symptoms are affecting the normal ability to function. If this is the case, s/he should not hesitate in approaching a primary health care provider to discuss further treatment. When the phobia symptoms are extreme, medication must be taken to counter the anxiety symptoms.

Additionally, one must also utilize a few self help techniques to overcome the fear of fires phobia. Gradual desensitization or exposure therapy can be done with the help of family and friends or even a professional therapist. This involves looking at pictures of fires, thinking of fire and gradually progressing to being in the presence of small or controlled fire. An exposure of this sort can help the Pyrophobic control the anxiety response to fires.

The purpose of all these therapies is to get to the root cause of one’s Pyrophobia in order to help the individual regain confidence and etch out negative memories once and for all.

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I just don’t do well with lighting matches but I can be in the presence of controlled fires and smoke doesn’t make me anxious.

I can handle candles, but say a fireplace/campfire, I have to watch it or I’ll freak out. And, who other pyrophobics stay up late at night because you’re scared a fire will burn down your house? I live in an old house and some of the outlets spark. I only have one three pronged plug, and only 6 out of 18 outlets don’t spark. I hate our heat source. It’s the type with fire and I get worried with it. Do I sound crazy?

I have pyrophobia and now it’s getting worse. I was able to conquer the fear and getting close to fire, like cooking on campfire. But I got burned real bad on both my feet 2 months ago because of the forest fire in my hometown. I was stepping on the ground without knowing there was fire burning under. The ground collapsed and both my feet stuck down the fiery embers, got 2nd degree burns. I’m still in my recovery and still can’t walk properly. Now every time I see fire my body is trembling so hard, having a hard time to breathe, and my body goes limp. Now I prefer to buy food instead of cooking it myself.

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Hope you feel better

Mrs. Willis says

Jesus can help you with your fear. My grandmother died in an apartment fire when I was a kid and I developed pyrophobia. I was constantly rechecking the stove to make sure it was off, I hated lit candles, I was afraid of heaters and everything. When I gave my life to Jesus Christ, my fear of fire slowly went away. Imagine burning for eternity because of our sins, now that is scary. Faith in Jesus’ death on the cross, His bodily burial and His bodily resurrection saves us from Hell fire. Jesus died for our sins! Hallelujah. You have nothing to fear if your faith is in Jesus!

I live in the Balearic Islands, and we have a lot of holidays based on Saints and the Devil, and there are A LOT of festivals where 200 people dressed as frightening devils and demons run and dance with torches, light up bonfires and scare people with firecrackers and sticks that are on fire. You can google images of it if you search “Correfoc” or “dimonis Mallorca”. In fact there are a lot of traditions involving fire around here. I’m actually only scared of those rituals and people “threatening” me with fire, although I know it is only a show. I can handle other fires pretty well.

I have a fear of fire not pyrophobia. I can stand candles, stoves, and even campfires but Im generally stressed out about large fires. Especially fires for the purpose of entertainment.

Sarah Barker says

I have a phobia of burnt food and raw meat and claustrophobia

Brandon Keele says

yep same im doing a report on this heheheheh 🙂

By Mary Beth Collins

Making a Routine Safety Procedure (that is anything but routine) Successful

During my school years as a student, fire drills were a welcomed break from the daily routine. The surprise of the loud, unexpected noise would make us gasp, jump out of our seats, and giggle. We’d shuffle down the halls toward the exit doors, without incident. Wedd wait at our assigned location in the schoolyard, and enjoy the freedom of being outside and breathing the fresh air until the “all clear” bell sounded.

For most students, the high-pitched intermittent blast of the fire alarm is simply a minor, temporary irritant. But it is anything but “simple” to stu-dents who struggle with challenges like auditory sensitivity, schedule rigidity and/or anxiety, for whom this routine school safety procedure can become a complicated and, oftentimes, painful ordeal.

Auditory over-responsiveness, a subtype of Sensory Processing Disor-der (SPD), presents itself as atypical sensitivity to certain sound frequencies or volume, as well as difficulty hearing auditory details, like a teacher shouting instructions while the fire alarm is sounding off. Even without the SPD diagnosis, many children with an Au-tism Spectrum Disorder have an over-responsive, or over-sensitive, reaction to loud and unexpected noise. There’s a host of ways these children may re-spond to a fire alarm: Matthew covers his ears and hides under his desk in the fetal position. Beth cries while rocking in her chair. James screams and then bolts toward the door, pushing and hurting several people in his path. Although these are typical self-protective and self-regulating behav-iors, students can endanger themselves or the rest of the class.

Challenges with fire drills can esca-late over time if left unattended. Once children experience the pain and fright of their first surprise fire drill, it is likely that they will develop anxieties resulting from an inability to predict when the next fire drill will take place. The ongoing fear of an impending fire drill can challenge a student’s attentiveness in class, as his/her mind is focused on the next drill rather than the lesson being taught, or the strategies needed to maintain appropriate behaviors in the class-room. When the next fire drill takes place, it could very well be that a tan-trum is the explosion of the mount-ing stress.

An Effective Drill Prepares Everyone for a Real Occurrence

Can your child manage – or be managed – to stay safe in a true emergency? Without effective prepa-ration, a student with autism could suffer injury or death due to elope-ment or tantrums in the middle of a true fire evacuation. Sensory and rigidity issues can make a fire alarm process challenging and stressful, but can make a real event tragic. Realiz-ing the ultimate importance of a fire drill, father Derik has continued working with his child: “It is true that many autistic children have sen-sory issues that may be difficult to cope with. However, we have always favored a desensitizing approach in dealing with them with near perfect results. One catch… it takes time. In fact, time consistency can over-come almost anything.”

Outbursts Sometimes Result in Academic Disciplinary Measures or Litigation

It is unfortunate to see a child struggling with auditory distress, anxiety or a disrupted routine. But when that response includes a tantrum or blatant aggression, the school must balance protection of the student with protection of the student body. Sometimes behavior will result in detention, suspension, or at times a call to police.

A recent Wrightslaw article, “When Schools Have Children Arrested for School-Related Behavior Problems,” evidences that police involvement is commonplace. Peter Wright, Esq., explains that the best thing that can be done is to use the outburst and result-ing disciplinary action to bring the fo-cus back to the quality of the IEP or 504, and improve it in the best interests of the student. “When a child with a disability is arrested for school-related behavior, this is an excellent opportunity to use the power of the juvenile court to force the school district to implement a good plan for the child – and have the Court monitor the school’s progress.”

Educators who have struggled with these challenges agree. “In order to be proactive, an IEP objective providing support during emergencies (i.e. fire alarms) is always in the best interest of the child,” says Kathleen Herron, NBCT, ECG, a teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools. “This kind of objective ensures one-on-one support as this child learns the best way to handle himself during an emergency.”

Sally Fite Stanfield, an education attorney, encourages IEP teams to develop an effective safety plan that includes goals and supple-mentary aids and services. “The IEP team must consider, among many fac-tors, the student’s cognitive ability, sensory needs, mobility, independence and ability to manage emotions and behaviors in a less structured situation when time is a factor. At least as often as we review the IEP, the safety plan can and should be revised as need be.”

Building Bridges for Autism’s Dawn Yeselavage, M.Ed., suggests:

1) Make sure your child’s teacher knows exactly when each fire drill will occur during the school year. Ask for the schedule.

2) Have your child’s teacher go over the fire drill rules with your child so he knows what is expected. A social story can be written to explain fire drill pro-cedures to your child.

3) The day of the fire drill, make sure the rules are discussed, practice exactly what is expected, and model for the children. Have a “pretend” fire drill for the entire class. When writing the “rules,” you can write them out in a task analysis form with pictures.

4) If the child is extremely afraid of the fire drill, have the child go outside before the alarm goes off. The child can watch the other children come out of the building and see what the process is for the school building.

5) Each month, gradually increase your expectations. For the second fire drill, have the child stand by the door to go outside with headphones on his ears. Once the alarm goes off, the child can immediately exit the building. (Make sure you are discussing the fire drill on a weekly basis and role play/model if needed.)

6) The next month, the child can stand by the door to go outside with-out his headphones on his head.

7) Each month the child can stand a bit further from the door in hopes of getting him to the classroom and walk-ing out with his classmates.

Lindsey Biel, MA OTR/L and co-author of Raising a Sensory Smart Child adds these two important options: noise reducing earplugs or headphones and reducing the sound of the alarm itself with egg crate foam or, if possi-ble, simply lowering the volume.

Desensitizing the child or get-ting him used to the sound of a fire alarm can help reduce anxiety. School-Eaze is a CD that combines sounds that may be scary to kids, with rhythmic songs, lulling kids to a calm state with a song that ex-plains the sound and then intro-duces them to it. The CD includes the sound of a school bell, chang-ing classes, cafeteria, and fire drills.

Weighted vests are also good tools to have on hand, as the deep pressure they offer is very calming to the nervous system. Alternatively, the child can wear his backpack (with books in it) for some of that deep pressure.

Ida Zelaya, CHC, President of Sensory Street™ , contributed to this article.

In both residential and commercial settings, smoke detectors have been found to be a cheap, convenient, and effective way to protect occupants and property from the possible risks of fires. However, this is only possible if they are properly functioning. Nonetheless, issues such as a smoke alarm that goes off untriggered are not uncommon. In most such cases, the unit is just too sensitive. When it keeps raising false alarms, all you want is either to completely get rid of it or better fix them fast . But before you ditch it or consider replacing it, there are some things you can do to rectify the problem.

Here are some home safety tips to easily fix a smoke detector that is too sensitive:

1. Relocation

It may be because the smoke detector was installed in the wrong place. Placement matters a lot, especially when it comes to a smoke detector. Cooking vapors and other kitchen-related smokes can trigger a false smoke alarm. You may, therefore, need to move it away from the kitchen or the bathroom. However, you’ll need to first tape it using duct tape before making some new holes in your walls or ceiling. This way you’ll get to know how it performs in the new location. If you are happy with the results, go ahead and make it permanent. This may be just a couple of feet away from the kitchen or the bathroom.

2. Make Use of the Mute Button

Most smoke detectors come with an inbuilt mute option that is operated using a remote controller. This will give you about 10-15 minutes before the smoke detector goes off again. This is only a temporary solution before deciding on a more permanent solution. If your smoke detector is connected to your home alarm system, you can use the alarm code, the “hush” or “silence” features to silence the loud siren.

3. Clean It

Even the cleanest of homes have dust, this is not to downplay your cleaning efforts. Accumulated dust particles could be the reason your smoke detector is too sensitive. It will cost you nothing except a bit of energy to wipe off the dust from the smoke detector. However, you may need to revisit the manufacturer’s instructions concerning cleaning. Also, too much of smoke can leave residues inside the smoke detector unit, making it too sensitive or even less sensitive. So, either way, cleaning does help .

4. Seek Professional Help

Depending on who sold or installed the smoke detector alarm, smoke detector maintenance and repair services are always available. The best and safest way to restore proper functioning of your smoke detector is to seek professional help. Sometimes, you’ll only need to give your manufacturer or service provider a call and they’ll guide you through the troubleshooting process. At times, you’ll need to spend some bucks to get your fire alarm system back up and running.

You may also need anxiety and depression counseling because alarms trigger your brain to react in a certain way. Over time, this can cause your anxiety levels go higher every time you hear a fire or smoke alarm. While there is yet a name befitting the fear of smoke alarms, it’s important to know how to overcome these fears. But the best thing to do is fix the root problem, the smoke detector.

My grandson is sensitive to loud noises, a couple of weeks ago there was a fire alarm at his preschool and he literally fell apart. He doesn’t want to go back, pleading, tears, saddest little guy I’ve ever seen. He won’t even go out of his house because of his fear of the alarms. We’ve taken him to school and forced him to stay, it goes well after the initial breakdown, but still so hard on him. His mom, dad, teachers, friends and I have talked and talked about the alarm to no avail. Any ideas on how to ease his fears?

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First of all, thank you so much for your input! I am sending your replies to his mom and dad. There is some very good advice here. Thank you again. I’ll let you all know what happens next.

Unfortunately, the alarm went off by accident, there was no planned drill. I’m sure in the future the teacher will make sure he is prepared. He did ok on Friday, fought his tears and worked hard at being brave. Thanks again for all the advice.

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sometimes although fears manifest themselves in other aspects of our lives such as for example, your grandson fearing firing alarms, there could be something more to it.. that sound might trigger something deeper.. Can you find a place that is very calming for him and see IF when he is in that calmer state if he will open up to you.. just ask simple questions and see if he can try and talk about how he feels. DON’T make it just about the fire alarm, but see if he expresses other feelings around it.. the fire alarm may simply be the trigger to something bigger or not. he’s young and therefore cannot express in depth why the alarm evokes such emotion in him. Truly, it may not be the alarm. I truly think the alarm is only a symptom. Could be that your grandson having heard that alarm equates being left at school with that sound. I mean the subconscious mind tries to make sense of our every day life even if it means being irrational. like >> alarm = being left= feeling vulnerable = ANXIETY and once anxiety kicks in. it’s hard for a little one to know how to handle it.. in a way it’s good that he cries in that he is releasing some of that anxiety physically and emotionally..
I would see this less as the alarm but more about anxiety. which many small children do experience when first entering preschool..

Hello everyone. Has anyone’s child had a fear of the vents or smoke detectors? Ever since our HOA installed smoke det. in ALL rooms in our home, including my 2.5 yr old son’s, he has been deathly afraid of them. He constantly talks about them during the daylight hours and doesn’t want to sleep in his room or even mine & my husband’s. When he does finally fall asleep (in his room) he wakes up sceaming, I imagine either from fear of being alone or from bad dreams. I’ve also noticed an increasingly agressive behavior with other children at play groups and parks. Could this mean he’s not getting sufficient sleep? Any advise on how to handle this? THANKS!

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Hi, I know this was posted years ago, but I was wondering if you ever figured out a way to help him with this fear. My 2.5 year old is scared of the smoke detectors in our apt. This happened out of no where and nothing provoked it. One day she was just scared of them. She won’t sleep in her room. She has to sleep with me. If I put her in her bed after she’s asleep she’ll wake up SCREAMING, and I mean SCREAMING, in the middle of the night. My husband and I have no idea how to handle this. We have explained to her that it’s helpful and gone through any kind of explanation we could to help her understand smoke detectors are not scary things! She’s a smart girl! I mean, she’s starting to sound out words and everything. I just don’t understand where this fear is coming from. Any help would be appreciated.

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He’s probably fearing a fire in your house. the smoke detectors have made it a real possibility to him. Get some books from the library about firefighters and fire safety. October is fire safety month so look for local events. Maybe even see if you can get a tour of the fire station. Educating him about what to do will give him some power over the situation and hopefully make him less fearful.

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Hi K.:
I think your toddler was frightened,when they installed the smoke detectors. They are a new addition to his enviroment. I’m sure they had to be tested, before they left. He probably is a bit frightened, by the fact that these new things added to his room and yours, make this gosh awful sound,and its scary.If hes like most little boys,he probably loves fire-engines. Maybe it would be worth it, to take him to see the fire-engines,and let the firemen explain what they are,and that they will only make a loud noise,to warn him and his parents if there were ever smoke from a fire.I wish you and your growing boy the best.

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Hi K., I can’t imangine anything in a smoke detectors that would cause a child to be scared of them, I have a smoke dettector and a carbonmanoxised detector in my daycare room, and the kids are all different ages and none of them are afraid of them, The only thing i can think of, was strangers came into the home and put those in, maybe that is why they are afraid of them. I would hold them up let them touch it so they see it is safe. J. L.

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Never seen that one. but, my son recently became afraid of the dark. He will not walk into a room without a night light, otherwise he wants me to carry him. So, we went to my favorite place and I let him pick out night lights for the house. Then we went and plugged them in all over the place where he was afraid, and now he’s all over the house AGAIN!

I like the suggestion of letting your son pick out stickers or things that make the detectors less intimidating. Our local Fire Stations do tours all the time for the local schools, see if you can get a play group together to go to one and ask them to talk about fire detectors. If they tested it before they left and he heard it, he may afraid it’s going to make the noise all by itself for no reason. Those things even scare me when they go off, but I guess that’s the point right?

The sleep thing could definitely be a factor in his behavior. My little dude, gets super cranky with others when he hasn’t gotten a good nights rest and isn’t a pleasure to be around.

Did any other changes happen around the same time, that he might associate with the change in his room? When my son started his visitation with his Dad, he refused to go in my room whilst home with Grandma. her friend suggested it was because I was the hand-off person and this new change disrupted his routine and hense the aversion to Mommy’s room. Never would have put that together, but I made extra efforts to make the hand-off happy and smooth, and now he’s over ‘mommy’s room being bad’.

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Let me preface this by saying that I have no experience with this, but just thought of a few ideas for you!

What about letting your son pick out some of his favorie stickers and let him place them on the wall/ceiling AROUND the smoke detector? (not ON TOP of it of course, because it could interfere with the smoke detector’s function) Or pictures of Sponge Bob or whoever he’s into? Or maybe you could hang a mobile or toy airplane or something else in his room to distract him from looking at it?

On vents you could let him attach a pinwheel to the front of them so that when air comes out it spins? Or some colorful small ribbons?

And yes, my son gets a bit more aggressive when he isn’t sleeping well. Usually doesn’t last more than two days and once he gets a good night’s sleep he’s back to normal!

Let us all know how you solved it. Good luck!

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Many of us know that individuals with autism have particular problems with fire drills for a variety of reasons–the noise, the lights, the change in schedule, the crowded halls…and the list goes on. Over time I’ve worked with a lot of students who fear fire drills, some to the point where they live in fear that one will occur. There are a variety of strategies for dealing with the difficulties with fire drills for these students (and I will list some of those resources at the end). However, what I really want to focus this post on is one solution that many people use–warning the classroom ahead of time that there is going to be a fire drill. NOOOOOO!

Does that give you an idea of how strongly I feel about this practice?? Yeah, I really don’t like it. And here’s why. Warning the classroom (even just the teacher) that there will be a fire drill may make things easier today during the drill. However, they don’t fulfill the need of a fire drill–which is getting students out of the building when there is a fire–when there will be no warning. If you know every time there is a fire drill, you are prepared and you won’t be prepared if and when there is a real need to leave the building quickly.

What Can We Do Instead?

So, being a good behavior analyst–if I take one behavior or option away, I need to replace it with something. What can you do about fire drills? Prepare students for them by practicing them more frequently. Here are a couple of ideas.

  1. For the student upset by the sound of the alarm, record the sound of the fire alarm when it goes off. Then present it to the student with the volume reduced and with some reinforcing activities. Slowly increase the volume during positive activities so that the student becomes desensitized to the sounds. If your fire alarm has lights, videotape it and use that instead of an audio recording.
  2. Practice the fire alarm procedures when the halls are clear (when there isn’t an active drill). Play the recording of the fire alarm and have the students line up and exit the building. Reinforce their behaviors of exiting quickly and without problem behavior.
  3. Use social stories to remind students of appropriate behaviors. Positively Autism just featured a free one that you can download and use on the daily autism freebie site.
  4. And finally, Fearless Fire Drills has created a whole program and kit for teaching about fire drills. It was developed by a great group of educators in Mountain Brook, AL that I have had the opportunity to work with. They saw a need, created the program and are piloting it now.

Fire Alarm Systems Training is a program to produce competent and qualified individuals. It is our belief that properly trained and knowledgeable fire alarm system designers and technicians will reduce the losses due to fire or false alarms and improve the quality of life in their community.

Cape Fear Community College offers our Fire Alarm Systems Training courses online and allows anyone with an internet connection to take the course. You are not required to have US citizenship, but the course is taught only in English. The National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies or NICET “is a non-profit organization created by the National Society of Professional Engineers to serve the certification needs of the engineering technology community.” Fire Alarm Systems Training endorses and encourages NICET certification.

Apprenticeship Program

Cape Fear Community College has created a Federally recognized Fire Alarm Apprenticeship Program and is seeking companies to participate. The apprenticeship is open to companies nationwide and will encourage NICET certification. Interested companies may return the completed Employer Agreement to [email protected] .

Scholarships

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation has established a scholarship for our Alarms 101 and Alarms 102 courses, and also NICET exam reimbursement. The John E. Lucas Memorial Scholarship Fund will enhance the quality of life in our community by cultivating Life Safety (Fire Alarm) Engineering Technicians and promoting industry certification by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET). Cape Fear Community College scholarships come in the form of a reimbursement of expenses for continuing education courses. CFCC does not award scholarship funds prior to enrollment or payment of tuition for a course.

If selected, you will receive the scholarship funds upon meeting the eligibility requirements and providing this application along with proof of participation in the exam. Download the form below and return to [email protected] . Scholarships are limited and awarded on a first-come basis.

Courses

Students will also acquire a basic understanding of the physics involved in the chemical reaction and the by-products of fire. Students will learn basic electrical workmanship and installation methods of fire alarm equipment and devices. The student will gain an understanding of the requirements of codes and standards that govern fire alarm systems and installations. (14.4 CEU’s awarded)

Students will become familiar with NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, and NFPA 70, the National Electric Code (NEC). These references are consistent with NICET’s allowable references for Level I and II Fire Alarm Systems exam(s).

Spring: January – April | Summer: May-August | Fall: September – December

Students will become familiar with NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, NFPA 70, the National Electric Code (NEC), NFPA 101, the Life Safety Code, and the International Building (IBC). These references are consistent with NICET’s allowable references for Level III and IV Fire Alarm Systems exam(s).

Spring: January – April | Summer: May-August | Fall: September – December

Job & Industry

The mean hourly wage, as of May 2019, for fire alarm systems technicians is $24.14.

For additional employment statistics for this industry, visit bls.gov .

Related Information

Curriculum
  • Evaluates the students understanding of the lesson topic.
  • Comments supported by codes, standards and references
  • Develop the skills of supporting position when dealing with AHJ’s, clients and peers.

Lesson

  • Available online through Distance Learning
  • Course will last 4 months
  • 48 lessons, 3 per week (approximately 1 hour each)

Pre-Test

  • 5 questions, 5 minutes
  • Identifies areas of focus
  • Allowed to take twice (Exam review)
  • Non-Graded

Progress Survey

  • 10 questions, 10 minutes
  • Measures progress
  • Graded
Donations
  • Solicit companies and organizations to support FAST with equipment for labs
  • Placard will be affixed to equipment to recognize donation
  • Logo on flyers and promotional materials
  • 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Status: Donor determines value.