What is a Fire Alarm?
A Fire Alarm is a system which is installed within every type of premises to give an early indication of fire so that all occupants within the installation can make a safe exit. The requirements are that the building shall be designed and constructed so that there are appropriate provisions for the early warning of fire, and appropriate means of escape in case of fire from the building to a place of safety outside the building. The systems vary from site to site and from Domestic, Commercial & Industrial premises. Alarms are graded from A through to F dependant on the type of premises.
This testing requires that all parts of the Fire Alarm system are inspected and tested which includes Smoke detectors, Heat detectors, Break Glass Units, Sounders at the extremities of the system also Batteries, Lamps and 230v ac supplies at the origin of the system are also checked and tested for compliance. The testing will require the alarm to be sounded throughout the inspection to ascertain noise levels (dbs) and that full functionality is achieved.
What we do
In the first instance we would try to find a suitable time and day to carry out the testing so that disruption is kept to a minimum, we will liaise with the appointed person on site, ask to see the Fire Alarm log book (if present) to obtain correct codes for the system. We will then go around and visually check and test all relevant points within the system making a note of its location, identifying it by way of a label for ease of identification at a later date or in the event of a failure.
We will also check the battery within the Alarm panel to make sure that should a power cut happen the system will not activate giving false alarms and undue panic