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Fire Alarm Testing.
It is important to know that Fire alarm testing is mandatory, the fire alarm must be tested in accordance with BS5839. BS5839 are the regulations for fire detection and fire alarm systems; they cover design commissioning and maintenance for buildings.
See Below for a overview to fire alarm inspections, Trade Facilities Services have broken them down to the types of systems.
A Grade Fire Alarm type system
Grade A fire alarm systems have the following requirements;
- Smoke/Fire Detectors.
- Heat/Fire Detectors.
- Manual Call Points, to sound the alarm.
- Central Control Panel for maintenance.
- Fire Alarm Sounders.
A Grade fire alarm systems are usually found in commercial settings, but are also seem in homes. Mainly HMO’s or house of multiple occupancy.
D Grade Fire Alarm Type System:
D grade fire alarms are more common in domestic type properties, they are always installed in new builds as it is now regulation to have this done. They are installed by interlinking each smoke and heat alarm together via the mains. This is then backed up with battery power to ensure constant supply.
Fire Alarm testing for various systems Listed below;
Fire Alarm testing Daily Check List:
- Fire Alarm panel is in normal operation.
- Any fault warnings to be rectified.
- Visual inspection of panel.
Anyone can carry out the checks, if there is a major problem the appropriate people must be contacted.
Fire Alarm Daily Check List:
- Same check as the daily check list.
- A different alarm to be checked every week.
Any defects are to be recorded and the correct people to be contacted.
Fire Alarm Checks 6 Monthly:
A full test of the fire alarm system should be carried out every 6 months. The test should be carried out by a competent person. The fire alarm test should be carried out in accordance with BS5839 part 1 section 6. Once the test is completed it should be put in the log book. On completion of your fire alarm testing you should receive a fire alarm certificate.
Fire Alarm testing of a Grade D system:
Fire system testing for a grade D system is slightly easier, although it should be done every month. The way to test these smoke alarms is by pressing the button. It is recommended the smoke / Heat alarms are cleaned every year.
General systems fire alarm testing:
It is recommended that all detectors should be tested at least once a year to ensure that they respond to smoke, the tests carried out must be done so with equipment that will not contaminate the smoke detector. It is recommended that the test is carried out by a specialist fire alarm engineer and the fire alarm test should be recorded in the log book and a test certificate supplied.
Fixed Wire Testing on the fire alarm equipment:
The wiring of your fire alarm system should also be tested. This can be done every 5 years periodic electrical testing. The electrical installation condition report must be done in line with BS7671.
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You can also get more information about your fire alarm testing from Fire Safe (external Link).