By law, a business premise must have a fire detection and warning system. Depending on the type of premise you’re on, you may need different types of detectors. This can be identified through a fire risk assessment.
Once you have all your systems in place, you must carry out regular checks to ensure that:
- Your fire alarm systems are working
- Faults in systems and equipment are recorded
- Escape routes are clear and the floor is in a good condition so no one will trip or fall when evacuating the building
- Fire escapes can be opened easily
- Automatic fire doors close correctly
- Fire exit signs are in the correct place
You should also run a fire drill once a year and record the results.
If you fail to follow fire safety regulations you could be handed a fine. Minor penalties can cost up to £5,000 with major penalties having an unlimited amount and a potential prison sentence of up to two years.
How often should you test your fire alarms?
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 say that your fire alarm system has to be ‘adequately maintained’ so by law, the frequency is up to you so long as your system works.
However the British Standard 5839 guide recommends that a fire alarm system should be checked by a competent person at least every six months. And the government recommends following this standard too.
Depending on the size of your fire alarm system and building, you might want to schedule inspections more regularly than that.
How we can help
We carry out regular tests on your fire alarm system including detectors and panels. If we find a fault, we will record it for you and recommend what needs to be done to fix it.
We’ll also send you reminders when it’s time for another test.
Our engineers are based all around the country and can work around times that suit you and your business.