Fire Alarm Testing
It is vital for a regular test to be undertaken to ensure that there has not been a major failure of the entire fire detection and fire alarm system that may otherwise go unnoticed. You should do weekly and monthly tests yourself. However, you should get you fire alarm system tested by someone competent like ourselves every 6 months and 1 year.
Weekly Fire Alarm testing by the user
A different manual call point should be used at the time of every weekly test, so that all manual call points in the building are tested in rotation over a prolonged period.
This should be notified and recorded within the fire log book dictating which one on which date and by whom it was tested, and whether or not it activated. (In the case of non-activation, the service company needs to be informed and this needs to be rectified immediately).
The recommended period between successive inspection and servicing visits should not exceed six months. If this recommendation is not implemented, it should be considered that the system is no longer compliant with this part of BS 5839.
This means that a full fire alarm inspection and activation of all call points, smoke detectors, heat detectors, sound level checks should be carried out every six months as required by: – BS 5839-1:2013 45.3 recommendations for a periodic inspection and test of a fire alarm system.