Government legislation outlined in The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 covers Fire Alarm Maintenance. The regulations state that your fire alarm must be ‘adequately maintained’,
- However, BS 5839 recommends a fire alarm system should be inspected and serviced at least every six months.
Periodic Testing should be carried out:
- Weekly (Routine checks)
- Every Quarter (simulation tests)
- Annually (during an Electrical Fixed Wire Test)
Regular fire alarm testing is a requirement for all businesses with a fire alarm system in place.
To be legally compliant, your fire alarm system must have a Weekly fire alarm test as well as be maintained and serviced by a competent person.
As well as testing circuits supplying fire alarms during an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), our engineers check smoke detectors, alarm panels and the overall condition of the system.
We simulate tests with smoke spray to ensure detectors are working correctly.
Typically a fire alarm test – where the bell is sounded – is carried out on the same day and at the same time each week, so that the occupants in the premises understand there is no need to evacuate.