Having a fully operational fire alarm is a regulatory requirement for those premises that need them, which is why regular testing and servicing is important.
Whilst it is essential that your fire alarm is serviced at least every six months there are weekly checks that should be performed by premises managers or competent persons. These checks ensure that the fire alarm system is functioning correctly, faults are recorded and reported to the maintenance company, and staff/residents are familiar with the alarm devices in your premises.
A basic guide of the checks that YOU can (and should) be performing are given below.
Your Weekly Fire Alarm Tests and Checks
Check the alarm panel – status lights should not show any faults
Perform a weekly test of manual call points – this ensures that the alarm system is operating correctly. Use a different call point each week to ensure that they all get tested over a period of time.
Ensure escape routes and manual call points are accessible and haven’t been covered/blocked
If building or maintenance works are/have been performed check that detectors remain unobstructed and haven’t been removed, damaged or painted over.
Silence and reset your fire alarm panel as instructed or trained by your service company.
If the fire alarm does not sound, will not reset, or indicates any faults then contact your service company.
The Fire Alarm Logbook
Complete the logbook! Weekly tests and details of the call point tested should be logged, along with the date and person carrying out the test.
The logbook should be used as evidence of tests and servicing carried out, but it is also a useful tool for your service company. It is important that ALL incidents and alarms (false or otherwise) are recorded in the logbook. Your service company can use this to investigate false alarms or when fault finding.
If you don’t have a logbook Safety Checked can supply one for you, and instruct on its completion.
Training and Assistance
If your premises requires training with fire alarm tests, logbook completion, or even spare “test keys” the please do not hesitate to contact us. We can offer bespoke training and advice regarding the maintenance and testing of your fire alarm system, as well as supplying logbooks, zone plans, and notices.