Regular fire alarm servicing is the only way to be entirely sure that your fire alarm system is up to scratch and fully-operational. As it automatically detects a fire and alerts everyone in the premises to the threat, you need to be able to depend on it to work when you need it most. It keeps staff and visitors safe and can limit the damage a fire would cause to your premises by ensuring there is a quick response.
You can’t always rely on your system to alert you when there is a fault, plus, it’s a legal and regulatory requirement to ensure that your automatic fire alarm is in good working order and complies with the current standards. Generally, this is required every six months, or quarterly for large premises.
But what happens when something does go wrong? Do you have a maintenance contract in place which includes emergency help when you have an issue, on any day of the year at any time of the day?
What Does Fire Alarm Servicing Entail?
A trained engineer attends to carry out a full inspection of your whole system in accordance with British Standard 5839-1. This ensures that detectors, call points, sounders and beacons are all operating correctly and communicating with the fire alarm panel, which records every event.
Having the fire alarm testing carried our regularly helps you to recognise and predict faults before they actually become an issue.
But fire alarm maintenance also helps to reduce false alarms too. A majority of call-outs for the fire brigade are actually to false alarms, which incurs a lot of expense and wastes resources which may be needed elsewhere for a real emergency.
False alarms also cause disruption and upset for those in the premises at the time.
Are You Carrying Our Weekly Self-Tests?
Another important aspect of fire alarm testing is to actually carry out a self-test of the system yourself on a weekly basis. Legislation also makes this a requirement.
This acts as more of a ‘spot check’ and its purpose is to quickly test that your fire alarm is in working order by the responsible person. This is simply activating a call point (check one each week on rotation) and when the panel receives the signal, the alarm will sound. You can then reset the fire alarm system.
If you identify an issue, then ensure this is resolved as quickly as possible. However, do ensure you record the test in your fire log book, identifying the call point used and the result.
Who Services Your Fire Alarms?
But we’re different because we don’t trap you into a nasty contract. We’ll simply remind you when your fire alarm maintenance is due and will book in a convenient time with you. There are no additional charges if you decide to go with someone else, although we, of course, would rather you didn’t.
Our engineers are just on the other end of the phone if you have a problem, and we’re upfront with our charges. The cost of servicing is fixed; just tell us how many trigger devices (call points and detectors) are on your system.
We can also install, commission and repair your fire alarm system too—just contact us for a quote.
And to make things as easy as possible, we can service your fire extinguishers and emergency lighting too. This means just one day of disruption and one company to deal with.