Fire Alarm Specialists

The whole purpose of Fire Safety is to reduce the risk of a fire in the workplace, however, if the worst should happen, then it is essential that we have as much warning as possible of a fire, to allow us to evacuate our staff and visitors to safety.

Fire Risk Assessment

In 2005, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order created a massive change in the way the Fire Service and Health & Safety Executive dealt with fire safety in the UK. The changes brought about moved the responsibility for workplace fire safety arrangements from the Fire Service providing assessment, advice and enforcement, to putting the legal responsibility on business owners for ensuring that risk assessment and precautions are put in place.

Simply put, if you own or run a business premises, then you have a legal requirement to perform a Fire Risk Assessment. This is the starting point for a tailored fire safety plan for your business.

Fire Alarm Installation

Fire alarms are designed and installed, based on the legal requirements and the Fire Risk Assessment carried out for your premises.

BS 5839 Part 1 is the British Standard to which all UK fire alarm systems must be designed, installed and maintained. BS 5839 Part 6 covers Domestic dwellings, Houses of Multiple Occupation and rental property. Failure to comply with this standard results in most insurance policies becoming void.

Our team of skilled fire alarm design engineers can provide advice on the best types of fire alarm system for your business, we work with a number of manufacturers installing a range of wired and wireless fire alarm systems.

Fire Alarm Maintenance

It is a requirement of BS 5839 that all fire alarm systems are covered by a valid maintenance and emergency call out service.

The fire alarm is designed to provide early detection and warning in event of a fire, therefore it is essential that regular fire alarm maintenance is carried out.

What does fire alarm testing cover?

  • Each smoke detector and heat detector is tested for correct operation
  • Fire alarm call points are activated
  • Control panels are checked and interrogated
  • Sounders and Bells are tested
  • Outputs to the fire service are tested
  • The system is checked to ensure it still provides suitable coverage and meets the needs of your business.

Did you know there are regular fire alarm tests you should be carrying out?

User Checks

DAILY INSPECTION:

Check that the Charger On indicator shows. Inspect for any fault indicator showing or sounder operating. Inform the designated responsible person of any fault.

WEEKLY TEST:

Ensure that all indicators show by resetting according to the instructions provided with the panel and check that the internal sounder operates. Operate a call point or detector to test the system. Check that the sounders operate. Reset the fire alarm panel. Each week choose a different zone in rotation so that each zone is tested at least quarterly. Remember to use a different call point or detector for each test, that way all call points are tested in rotation. Check all call points and detectors and ensure that none are obstructed in any way. Enter results of tests into log book.

Engineer Visits

QUARTERLY/SIX MONTHLY TEST:

Check all previous log book entries and clarify that any remedial action has been taken. Check the battery and its connections. Operate a call point or detector in each zone to test the fire alarm as per above. Remove mains supply and check that the battery is capable of supplying the alarm sounders.

ANNUAL TEST:

As per above. Additionally test all detectors and call points and check for operation.

EVERY 2 YEARS:

Clean smoke detectors to ensure correct operation and freedom from false alarms. Special equipment is required for cleaning smoke detectors.

EVERY 5 YEARS:

Replace sealed lead acid batteries. If the operating temperature exceeds 25ºC continuously, then the battery may need to be replaced sooner.