Comprehensive Guidance on Testing & Maintaining Fire Safety Equipment

by Richard Morgan February 13, 2024 2 min read

Ensuring fire safety in any building is paramount, requiring meticulous testing and maintenance of fire alarms, emergency lights, and fire extinguishers. It's crucial to understand the legal responsibility for fire safety within a building and designate a responsible individual to oversee these measures. Let's delve deeper into the testing and maintenance procedures for each essential component of fire safety equipment.

 

Fire Alarm System:

  • The responsible person, in line with BS 5839-1 recommendations, oversees the fire alarm system's installation and maintenance
  • Regular user testing, daily checks of the main control panel, and a weekly test of different manual call points (MCPs) each week is essential to ensure proper functionality
  • Quarterly visual inspections and bi-annual service inspections by a competent maintenance company guarantee the system's reliability and compliance.

 

Emergency Escape Lighting:

  • Emergency lighting systems, as per BS 5266-1 standards, require regular testing and maintenance
  • Monthly user testing involves flick test by manually switching off mains power to assess illumination and battery backup functionality
  • Annual discharge testing by a competent maintenance company ensures emergency lights remain operational for the required duration.

 

Fire Extinguishers:

  • Regular user inspections, preferably monthly, ensure fire extinguishers are correctly positioned and have not been discharged
  • Annual servicing by a competent maintenance company, following BS 5306 standards, includes various levels of maintenance based on extinguisher type.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Training and certification for maintenance personnel are crucial to ensure adherence to industry standards
  • Compliance with regulatory standards is essential to guarantee effective fire safety measures
  • Proactive testing and maintenance are vital components of a comprehensive fire safety strategy.
While this guide provides valuable insights, it's imperative to consult current standards and regulations for precise adherence. Remember, prioritising fire safety not only protects lives but also safeguards property and assets. Contact us today to discuss your fire safety needs and let us help you safeguard your property and occupants.

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