Inspection & Testing of Fire Alarm Systems

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Inspection & Testing of Fire Alarm Systems

Why carry out maintenance?

Ensuring fire detection and alarm systems are up to date and adequately maintained is an integral part of companies' commitment to the health and safety of their employees. It is also a legal requirement under The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997, which states that fire safety equipment "shall be subject to a suitable system of maintenance and be maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair."

The only reliable and measurable means of ensuring an alarm system remains fully functional is to implement a plan of regular routine maintenance and testing carried out by a ‘competent’ person and based on a risk assessment. A proper routine of maintenance will ensure your legal compliance and safety and reduce the number of false alarms, minimising disruption to your business. Maintenance by Global has over fifteen years of experience of maintaining fire alarm systems for numerous commercial and industrial clients.

Maintenance by Global's Inspection and Testing Policy

A suitably qualified engineer will carry out full inspection and testing of fire alarm systems in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations and BS5839-1:2012. Our initial survey will form the basis of the risk assessment, typically maintenance consists of one major visit a year and periodic interim visits based upon the recommendations of the risk assessment. A check for any changes to the use or structure of the building since the alarm system was installed would be included. Prior to commencing maintenance, our risk assessment and technical audit will formalise your visits in a detailed maintenance plan specific for your site.

Control Panels and Repeaters, Smoke Detectors, Heat Detectors Manual Break Glass Unit, Beacons and Strobes, Bell and Sounder Signals

Maintenance by Global also recommend that daily, weekly and monthly servicing/attention be carried out by the user, in order to ensure that all systems are operating normally and any faults found can be actioned.

Regulations

Maintenance by Global's policy for the testing and inspection of fire alarm systems complies with the manufacturers' recommendations and the requirements of BS5839-1:2012, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997, which states that fire safety equipment "shall be subject to a suitable system of maintenance and be maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair."

Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, companies also have to take into account the needs of any employees with disabilities.

The Fire Safety Regulatory Reform Order, which came into effect on October 1 2006, has consolidated the requirements of existing fire regulations into one piece of legislation requiring a ‘responsible person or persons’ to implement a fire risk assessment of the premises.

Additional Services from Maintenance by Global

As well as maintenance and 24/7 emergency cover for your fire alarm system, Maintenance by Global's experienced engineers can undertake extensions and modifications to existing systems where there is a change in usage or premises, and update or improve systems to minimise unwanted or false alarms.