The importance of maintaining your fire alarm cannot be emphasised enough. A fire alarm that isn’t working cannot warn the occupants of a building of a fire. Regular maintenance gives the responsible person, as well as those using the building, the reassurance that the fire protection systems in a building are functioning as they should be.
A fire risk assessment will highlight whether a building requires a fire alarm; and it will also flag up where an existing fire alarm is not being properly maintained.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) states that fire detection and alarm systems should be suitable maintained. For most, this will be a biannual maintenance check on the system.
Two system checks usually at six month intervals are required to comply with BS5359 . Where a fire alarm has been installed in a dusty environment or has elements which may more easily become compromised due to environmental factors, more frequent service checks are recommended.
fire detection and fire alarm systems must be suitably maintained, not only to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, but because they play a vital part in saving lives.FIA
The checks carried out during a routine maintenance check of your fire alarm system will ensure that the system is working as it should be. It is recommended that a weekly fire alarm test should also be carried out to highlight any problems in the interim. This provides further confidence in the system.
Fire alarm maintenance should be carried out by a professional person who has the required skills to carry out the service of the system. Whilst most people can carry out the weekly fire alarm test and record it in a log book, maintaining your fire alarm requires specialist training and equipment.