Fire alarm testerFollowing the publication of the revised code of practice for fire detection and alarm systems, BS5839-1:2002, more stringent guidelines are in place with regard to the responsibility of a building “user” to provide routine maintenance of the installed system. This ties in with the responsibilities inherent in the Health and Safety at Work Act and the ongoing review of the Fire Precautions Act, both of which put the onus of responsibility onto the User through Risk Assessment.

Failure to include routine, planned maintenance of the fire alarm system by competent persons may lead to liability arising under workplace regulations in the event of injury to employees, if such injury could have been prevented had the fire alarm system been in full working order.

In addition to this Maintenance provides a number of benefits to the end user:

It enables the system to be interrogated by skilled personnel, and adjustments / maintenance tasks carried out to minimise the potential for false alarms.

It ensures that the system is “used” on a regular basis, hence increasing site staff awareness of the system and its operation.

It provides access to our emergency call-out service, which out-of-hours is only available to customers holding a maintenance contract.

It ensures preferential rates are provided for any additional works.

It provides a guaranteed response to faults.

 

 

 

 

 

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