Fire alarm servicing should be carried out by an accredited and competent organisation to maintain fire alarms and fire detection systems.
For all fire safety works, including fire alarm installation, fire alarm repair and fire alarm maintenance, you can rely on ClearView to ensure your building is safe and compliant. Quality assurance is at the forefront of all our repair, installation, and maintenance services. As an NSI Gold accredited company, it allows us to maintain excellent standards, so you can rely on ClearView to ensure your fire alarm systems are fully compliant. With our FIA and FPA memberships, we have access to all the latest training guidance and advice for your complete peace of mind. This includes all aspects of life safety systems including fire alarm design, installation, maintenance and commissioning as well as fire extinguishers, and fire risk assessments. All information and training provided through these memberships are in accordance with the relevant British Standards and Legislation. ClearView are also certified by the International Fire Consultants (IFC) for passive fire protection including fire stopping and fire door installation and maintenance.
You depend on your fire alarm systems to detect smoke or fire and to provide the earliest possible warning of a risk to your staff and visitors. Therefore, it is essential that your fire safety system is kept in optimum condition and regularly checked and maintained. ClearView’s expert fire alarm engineers are fully trained to maintain fire systems, ensuring they are always fully functional. The following guidelines will help you ensure that your fire alarm systems are adequately maintained to work as designed in an emergency and comply with UK statutory regulations.
- Fire alarm systems should be maintained at least six-monthly, or more frequently, depending on the fire risk assessment requirements.
- Suppose a fire risk assessment shows a need for more frequent fire alarm inspection and servicing visits. In that case, all interested parties should agree on the appropriate inspection and fire alarm servicing schedule. If this recommendation is not implemented, it should be considered that the system is no longer compliant with British Standards.
- A record of all tests and checks and any defects remedied should be maintained in the fire safety manual/logbook
- All tests on equipment and trigger devices should be recorded in the logbook
- All fire alarm maintenance tasks should be carried out following current Statutory requirements, regulations and the manufacturers’ recommendations.
- A visual inspection should be made to check whether structural or occupancy changes have affected the system’s compliance with the recommendations of this standard for the siting of manual call points, automatic fire detectors and fire alarm devices.
- Check all manual call points remain unobstructed and conspicuous.
- Check that all manual call points are fitted with a protective cover that can be moved to access the frangible element.
- Check if any new exits have been created without the provision of an adjacent manual call point; any new or relocated partitions have been erected within 500mm horizontally of any automatic fire detector.
- Ensure that no storage encroaches within 300mm of ceilings; a clear space of 500mm is maintained below each automatic fire detector and that the ability of the smoke detector to receive the stimulus that it has been designed to detect has not been impeded by other means.
- Check if any changes to the use or occupancy of an area make the existing types of automatic fire detectors unsuitable for detection of fire or prone to unwanted fire alarms.
- Check any building alterations or extensions that require additional fire detection and fire alarm equipment to be installed.
- The building occupier should inform the alarm maintenance engineer of any structural or occupancy changes that might affect the detector’s siting or operation.
- After any testing, the system should be left fully operational, including resetting any interlocks with plants and devices.
- The records of false alarms should be checked under current British Standards. The rate of false alarms during the previous 12 months should be recorded.
The above is an essential guide, but due to the nature of the varying specifications of fire alarm systems and their various components and devices, the competent person must carry out several further tasks to ensure that the fire system is fit for purpose.