How often should a business check the fire alarms?
Under the British Standard regulation, all large and small business fire alarm systems should be tested weekly by a nominated officer in the company, who is responsible for fire safety.
These weekly tests (a requirement of the 2005 Fire Order Safety Act (Article 17)) are conducted in addition to any other checks and maintenance carried out by the business fire alarm systems installer. The purpose of the weekly fire alarm test is to make sure that your company’s fire alarm system is fully operational.
The results of all weekly fire alarm tests are kept in a log book, administered by the nominated officer, and it is their duty to ensure all logbooks are updated regularly and accurately. The data held in the log books will include all occasions when a fire alarm has been triggered on the premises, what action was taken in the event of finding a fault within the system (including the nature of the fault, and who it was reported to), any occasions when the alarms had to be disconnected, and the reason why.
In addition to the weekly tests that ensure the system is operating correctly, any business fire alarm systems need to have a full diagnostic check at least twice a year.
That said, many premises insist on a more regular check-up – perhaps as often as once every three months – so it is important that you are clear how often checks are expected to be made in your building.
While the weekly tests are conducted on-site by a nominated fire and safety officer, the regular diagnostic checks need to be performed by a UKAS certified organisation.
At Keybury Fire & Security, we provide essential business fire alarm monitoring services to clients across Yorkshire and beyond. If your fire alarm system need to be serviced, speak to a member of our team today on 01535 661 197, or visit our website for more information.