Security Science Quiz

1. What are the three components of the fire triangle?

a) Heat, smoke and CO

b) Fuel, air and heat

c) Fuel, nitrogen and helium

d) Gas, high test and premium

2. To control a fire using the fire triangle as a guide, what must be done?

a) At least one of the basic components of the fire triangle must be removed.

b) At least two of the basic components of the fire triangle must be removed.

c) All of the basic components of the fire triangle must be removed.

d) An ABC fire extinguisher must be used.

3. For a fire to thrive and spread it requires how many things?

a) One

b) Two

c) Three

d) Four: incipient, smoldering, flame and heat

4. Heat is usually removed from a fire by applying?

a) Carbon dioxide

b) Hydrogen Carbonate

c) Sodium benzene

d) Water

5. What is the most common form of fire suppression?

a) The removal of debris and smoke

b) Sprinkler suppression systems

c) The removal of heat or the cooling of the fire

d) Halon suppression systems

6. Three examples of personal protective equipment are:

a) Gloves, safety glasses and dust masks

b) Ladders, Lexan and laminated glass

c) Rope, twine and chain

d) Perform a security survey, needs analysis and hazard assessment

7. What is the primary purpose of utilizing personal protective equipment?

a) To comply with UL standards

b) To comply with NFPA standards

c) To protect from the possibility of exposure

d) To protect from receiving penalties and violations from OSHA

8. What is the universal precaution on BBP?

a) Treat all body fluids as if they are infectious

b) Treat all body fluids as nonemergency, unless bleeding is present

c) Treat all body fluids on a case-by-case basis

d) Treat all body fluids by cleaning them up immediately

9. What is the most important thing that an installer must do when they complete their work?

a) Ask for a check from the subscriber

b) Ask for a referral from the subscriber

c) Try to sell the subscriber more alarm equipment

d) Test the entire system

10. What is the best way to extinguish Class C type (electrical) fires?

a) Water

b) Dry chemical or carbon dioxide

c) Wet chemical or carbon magnesium

d) CO2 extinguishers

11. What should you NOT use to extinguish Class D type (involving combustible metals like magnesium or sodium) fires?

a) Water, because it can react with sodium and other alkali metals explosively

b) Sulfur 

c) Carbon dioxide

d) Sodium

12. Class A fire burns involve?

a) Flammable liquid

b) Flammable metal

c) Smoldering acetone

d) Ordinary combustible materials such as wood, paper, or cloth

13. NFPA 13 is dedicated to:

a) Fire alarm systems

b) Sprinkler suppression systems

c) Remote station fire alarm systems

d) Smoke and heat detectors

14. UL 38 is the standard for:

a) UPS power supplies

b) VoIP signaling communication paths

c) Manual signaling boxes for fire alarm systems

d) Nonmetallic surfaces and raceways

15. Fire protective signaling circuits and equipment shall be grounded in accordance with Article …

a) 800

b) 725

c) 250

d) 100


Basic Training Checklist

  • Provide each employee with OSHA training
  • Provide each employee with first-aid training
  • Provide each employee with CPR training
  • Bring in outside subject matter experts to help train your employees, installers, technicians and management
  • Provide incentives for installers and technicians to become NICET Certified

About the Author


Jeffrey D. Zwirn, CPP, CFPS, CFE, FACFEI, CHS-IV, SET, CCI, FASI&T, MBAT, writes Security Sales & Integration’s “Security Science” column. He is also president of IDS Research and Development, an alarm and security consultation, expert witness and training authority providing nationwide services on all issues related to alarm and security matters. He can be reached at (201) 287-0900.

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