Fire Detection Maintenance (Fire Alarm Systems and Emergency Lighting)

All fire detection systems require maintenance if they are to work perfectly in an emergency. So we have developed our own comprehensive training programme for our technicians, including training to BS5839 and regular manufacturer contact.

And, from completion of a new system, or from the moment we take on the responsibility for an existing one, our same high standards apply.

Fire alarm maintenance, the servicing of fire alarm and emergency lighting systems and regular fire alarm testing is not only paramount to their successful operation in the event of a fire, but also a legal requirement.

We can undertake routine programmed fire alarm maintenance, modify existing fire alarm systems and provide emergency call-out services – all of which meet the relevant legislation and requirements.

Technician carrying out fire alarm service and maintenance

Fire Alarm Maintenance and Servicing

Fire Alarm Systems are covered by BS5839 Part 1, which sets out a recommended programme of fire alarm testing and inspection. The recommendations are comprehensive, but include such elements as weekly fire alarm testing of a single manual call point to ensure the system activates, and full, periodic inspections including fire alarm testing with a stimulus such as smoke or heat.

When a new maintenance organisation takes over responsibility for the first time, a complete inspection to determine the age, type and condition of the fire alarm system and the level of cover it provides should also be undertaken.

Emergency Lighting Maintenance and Servicing

Emergency Lighting Systems are covered by BS5266 Part 1. This recommends daily, monthly and annual programmes of emergency lighting maintenance that include visual inspection of light fittings, testing by simulating a failure and checking and documenting that the emergency lighting system is maintained and remains within the requirements of BS5266/BSEN 1838.

Smoke Ventilation Maintenance

Automatic Opening Vents (AOVs) are not covered by any specific British Standard, but still require regular maintenance and inspection as part of the ongoing maintenance of a fire alarm system. This should include a daily visual inspection, a monthly activation test and comprehensive six-monthly reviews of items such as vents, batteries, cable terminations and wiring.

Emergency Communications Maintenance

Fire Alarm Systems: BS5839 Part 9 covers emergency communication systems and sets out a plan of routine fire alarm testing and inspection. On a weekly basis at least one outstation should be checked and the main panel inspected for fault indications while the six-month test should include simulating faults, checking batteries and ensuring that no building alterations have compromised the effectiveness of the system.

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