The fire alarm system is one of the more important life safety systems within your building; detecting the presence of a fire condition, notifying the occupants to exit, and contacting the fire department to respond. However we frequently find the fire alarm is a last-minute thought. Unfortunetly this happens because the completion of the fire alarm system installation requires the construction of the building to be well underway. Deadlines for Temporary Certificate of Occupancies often cause the fire alarm system installation to be rushed and proper pre-testing of the fire alarm system to be skipped. While this is done in the hopes of obtaining an FDNY inspection and TCO more quickly, it ultimately causes a delay in TCO issuance due to improper fire alarm function. The results are lost time and money.