The importance of servicing your fire alarms regularly

With the past couple of months being extremely challenging for businesses nationwide, we can understand that some important measures might have slipped your mind while focusing on reopening your doors.

Your main concerns probably surrounded bringing employees back from furlough, making your workplace COVID-secure and providing your employees with the suitable training they need when they return.

A common yet critical mistake employers may have made during their reopening strategy, is failing to check if their fire alarms need servicing after being closed for close to six months.

In 2016/17 there were 19,410 fires reported to UK Fire and Rescue Services in UK businesses across all sectors in the UK, you can see where your industry ranked here. To prevent anyone on your premises being harmed if a fire does break out, you need to ensure your fire alarms are fully able to do their job.

Why fire alarm servicing is important

Regularly inspecting your fire alarms and making sure they’re properly maintained is a basic yet essential step to ensuring the safety of everyone on your premises and as an employer, it’s your responsibility.

Appropriate fire alarms are a legal requirement for every single business. It’s not enough to simply install one though. By law, you’ve got to maintain and test it too.

The inspection process

Fire alarms are intricate systems, which is why it’s so important that the person conducting the checks knows what they’re doing.

During the inspection process, you should pay particular attention to things like:

ConditionIs the exterior condition of your fire alarms suitable? Is the condition and power of your standby batteries in working order?
SoundWhen required, do your fire alarms sound as they should?
LinkDoes the link to your alarm centre work?

How often should fire alarms be tested?

To comply with government legislation, every commercial premises is legally required to carry out Fire Alarm Maintenance at least twice a year, to make sure the system is working as it should.

Regular fire alarm maintenance not only gives you confidence that your alarms offer effective fire safety, but it prevents false fire alarms – which can result in unnecessary and costly callouts by the fire brigade, too.

Fire alarm tests are a critical cog in ensuring your devices are fully operational should the worst happen, and that the people in the building know how it sounds. For each fire alarm test you run, a competent person should log the date and time of the test and take appropriate action, right away, if there’s a fault.

Changes due to COVID-19

After lockdown, you’re required to conduct a Fire Risk Assessment to assess all your fire equipment along with updating your evacuation measures and emergency plan so it’s COVID-compliant.

It’s important you’re confident that your fire equipment works first time if a fire breaks out, so after being closed for six months, you’ll need to check everything is in good working order.

How Citation Fire & Electrical can help

Citation Fire & Electrical can dispatch a BAFE qualified and FIA trained engineer to your business, no matter where you are in the country. They will work with you to go through the standardised process for fire alarm maintenance that confirms your alarm is fit for purpose.

Our end goal is to make sure your setting is fire-safe and meeting your legal obligations. But it doesn’t stop there. We also offer ongoing checks on all your fire safety equipment – like extinguishers and emergency lighting so you have peace of mind that you’re in good hands.

We pride ourselves on providing our clients with a 100% reliable service. We uphold rigorous standards and our processes are continuously audited to make sure that you receive the same quality service every time. We know our stuff and we’re here to put your mind at ease from the very start. To book a Fire Risk Assessment or for free advice before you reopen your doors in September, contact our service team here.