Fire alarm testing is crucial within all business as by law, fire alarm systems must be adequately maintained at all times, in accordance with British Standard BS 5839.
- Fire alarm systems should be inspected at least once every 6 months. However, it is strongly advised that as a business you are testing your fire alarms weekly to keep yourself and your staff safe; whilst also familiarising all building users with the sound of the fire alarm. Dust and dirt can affect smoke detectors and lack of care can cause faults which often cannot be visually identified.
- All testing should be notified to your employees as and when your fire alarm check is going to take place. It is advised that this testing is kept to the same day and time each week to mitigate staff worry or panic. It is best to conduct this when the building is operating as normal as it mimics a real-life scenario should this occur.
- If you have a building with five or more employees, it is a legal requirement to keep a safety record. You may need to show evidence of this for compliance and insurance policies too, so continue logging all your findings as you never know when you may need this documentation.
If any faults are raised or you face any problems whilst undertaking your weekly testing, you must seek out a specialist to further inspect and repair this issue.
Did you know?
- Almost three out of five fire deaths were caused by fires in properties with no smoke alarms or smoke alarms that failed to operate. This is why it is so important to stay on top of your weekly testing.
If you are unsure on carrying out your own fire alarm testing, have any faults with your own system or simply have any questions, please contact one of the team today on: 0870 850 8404 or firstname.lastname@example.org