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Fire Alarm Testing

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Facit Testing has been fitting and maintaining fire alarm systems to residential, commercial and industrial properties for years, and is the tried and tested choice for comprehensive maintenance and installation services.

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.

What's involved?

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

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Regulations

As a basic guide, all but the simplest, small, single-storey, open-plan premises with minimal risks require some form of electronic fire alarm and detection system. The relevant fire alarm regulations (Section 13-1a of 'Fire-fighting and Fire Detection') stipulates that: 'The premises are, to the extent that it is appropriate, equipped with appropriate fire-fighting equipment and with fire detectors and alarms'. Government guidelines go into more detail, recommending that fire alarm and detection systems should comply with BS 5839 fire alarm regulations.

All of our Facit Testing electricians work in full compliance with the standards BS5839-1 (for Commercial Building) and BS5839-6 (for Dwellings), and have proven competency within these fields.

Maintaining alarms

All fire alarms and detection systems should be maintained by a competent professional. The Government guidelines on the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 strongly recommend that your fire alarm should be maintained to BS5839-1 (commercial property) or 6 (residential property) and that it should be inspected every six months (minimum) - and more frequently if your site is classed as a high risk building or where the possibility exists of the fire system being tampered with. Regular fire alarm maintenance is therefore crucial.