All fire systems must be regularly tested and maintenance is essential as it will prolong the life of a system and discover any faults that may occur. A system that is not maintained cannot be guaranteed to protect life and property.
The Fire Safety Regulatory Reform Order, which came into effect on October 1, 2006 has consolidated requirements of existing fire regulations into one piece of legislation requiring a ‘responsible person or persons’ to implement a fire risk assessment of the premises. Employers are responsible for their own fire safety risk assessment and have to judge what fire precautions are necessary to protect their employees. There are no longer specific requirements set out in a Fire Certificate to rely on.
The only reliable and measurable means of ensuring that your existing fire detection and warning system remains compliant and fully functional is to instigate a plan of regular routine maintenance and testing carried out by a ‘competent’ person supplemented by weekly user tests.
BS5839-1:2002, as amended 2004, recommends weekly user tests consisting of the operation of one manual call point ensuring that the alarm panel processes the fire signal and operates the alarm sounders, with a record of each test in the company’s log book. This should be combined, for Grade A systems, with periodic inspection and testing of the system by a ‘competent’ person based on a risk assessment. The recommended interval between these inspections should not exceed six months. The regulations recommend that during the periodic inspection, the following items are checked and recorded:-
- The system log book will be examined to ensure that recorded aults have been rectified
- A visual inspection of the building, its structure and occupancy level should be verified in order to ascertain compliance.
- The standby batteries will be disconnected, inspected and load tested.
- The output functions of the control panel should be verified via the operation of one detection device per circuit.
- The operation of all sounders should be verified
- All controls and visual indicators should be energised.
- Each automatic fire detector and manual call point should be tested over a 12 month period.
- Upon completion, a service certificate will be issued to the responsible person.
BENEFITS OF THE SERVICE
Whatever the size and complexity of the fire detection system – either addressable or a standalone system for small, large, single or multiple sites, East Sussex Fire Ltd has the required expertise. We can design and implement a service and maintenance package in accordance with your requirements and relevant regulations. We are also happy to discuss arranging maintenance of existing installations.
East Sussex Fire Ltd are a familly run company with punctual, polite and efficient local engineers. We are happy to work outside of ‘normal’ hours to ensure minimum disruption to your business and your time.