High temperature environments and workplaces require a working fire alarm, which should be guaranteed to be in good working condition. That way, in case a fire breaks out, people can immediately take action to try to put it out, evacuate, and call the fire department. Fire alarm testing is critical for high temperature applications in the UK to ensure the safety of your property and its people, and it is conducted according to the regulations for fire detection and fire alarm systems (BS 5839). The BS5839 covers the maintenance, commissioning, and design of fire alarms for buildings, too.
At the end of fire alarm testing, you will receive a Fire Alarm Certificate from the qualified electrician. The certification is similar to a periodic inspection report and it can be used as proof of compliance when needed. So, be sure to keep it in a safe place. Fire alarm testing is ideally conducted weekly, every six months, or every year, depending on where the alarms are installed. In high temperature applications, testing is recommended on Grade A fire alarms every six months, and Grade D systems must be tested each month. Grade D fire alarms are often used in domestic properties and new builds, often interlinked with heat and smoke alarms. Grade A fire alarms are often used in commercial applications in the UK, but some homes may consider them, too, especially apartments and residential properties with multiple occupancies.
Fire alarm testing can reveal if there are existing or potential problems in the system that could compromise your safety. The certification will identify the type of system you are using and the type of supply, the amount of sounders, smoke detectors, heat detectors, and callpoints you have, and the type of control system. It will describe any defects, deterioration, damage, non-compliances, and any dangerous conditions that are present, too.