Fire Alarms FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
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To support them in this requirement, the Responsible Person must appoint a Competent Person (a Service Provider who has sufficient training, experience or knowledge (18.5)) to assist them in undertaking the preventative and protective measured. (18.1)
BS 5839 Part 1 Recommends that all fire alarm and detection systems are subject to a regular inspection and servicing arrangement. The period between successive visits by the Competent Person should not exceed a period of 6 months.
100% of the equipment on the system must be checked over a 12 month period.
The inspection can be split into as many visits as is required to ensure that 100% of the equipment has been checked. While a Service Provider can conduct an annual (100%) inspection in 1 visit, we are still required to attend site at least once every 6 months to perform the Periodic Inspection. The Service Provider, with the permission of the Customer, can choose to conduct the annual inspection over 2 visits (checking 50% of equipment during each).
the system logbook be checked, a visual inspection undertaken to check whether structural or occupancy changes have affected the compliance of the system (re-siting / replacing / adding devices as required), false alarm incident rates are recorded to ensure compliance with 30.2, battery voltage measured to check it is within the manufacturers recommendations, batteries should be load tested to ensure that they are in good serviceable condition and not likely to fail before the next service visit (25.4b recommends use of batteries with a 4 years minimum lifespan), Control Indicating Equipment (CIE) should be checked, operation of fire alarm devices checked, Alarm Signal Transmission should be checked, all ancillary function of the CIE should be tested, all fault indicators should be checked, all printers should be tested and availability of sufficient printer consumables (printer roles) ensured, radio systems must be serviced in accordance with manufacturers recommendations, manufacturer recommended checks and tests should be carried out across the system.
Any outstanding defects should be recorded and reported to the customer, the system logbook completed and an inspection and servicing certificate should be issued.
In addition to the tasks specified in the Periodic Inspection the following tasks must be completed once during each 12 month period;
testing of every manual call point, examination and functional test of all automatic fire detectors and remote detectors, functional test of every heat detector, smoke detector, optical beam smoke detector, aspirating fire detection system, carbon monoxide detector, flame detectors, multi-sensor detectors etc, full testing of all Control Indicating Equipment, testing of the cause and effect programming by testing one Cause and observing the Effect, testing of the standby power supply capacity to establish it remains suitable for continued service, all further annual checks and tests recommended by the equipment manufacturer.
Before you test you alarm, you must warn people inside the building that this is a regular test and that no evacuation is required.
You must also advise your Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) [Hyperlink] that you are about to initiate the test so they do not alert the Emergency Services.
See our Guide on undertaking a Weekly Fire Alarm Test.
These non compliances must be reported to the Customer who is responsible for arranging the undertaking of the remedial action.
Where available the Service Provider should also obtain and review all existing records (including Design and Installation Certificates, Operation and Maintenance Manual, Testing Records, as fitted drawings, a Log Book and a record of all variations.