A guide to Fire Alarm Maintenance

As well as regular servicing, your fire alarm system should be tested weekly. While there’s no specific law that covers how often you must test the alarm system, you might be asked to explain why you’ve deviated from BS 5839 – the code of practice for the maintenance of fire alarm systems in non-domestic premises – if an enforcing authority knocks on your door.

The test can be scheduled and carried out by your business’ appointed ‘responsible person’. It needs to establish the successful activation of at least one alarm call-point, that the alarm sounds, and that the control panel receives the signal. And finally, you’ll need to document each test.

What are the legal requirements for Fire Alarm Maintenance and testing?

Government legislation outlined in The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 covers Fire Alarm Maintenance. The regulations state that your fire alarm must be ‘adequately maintained’, however, BS 5839 recommends a fire alarm system should be inspected and serviced at least every six months.

What grade and category of fire alarm system does Citation Fire & Electrical cover?

Our engineers are qualified to service all types of systems, including:

  • Category M – Manual system with no automatic detection installed
  • Category P – Automatic detection devices installed to provide protection to property
  • Category L – Automatic detection devices installed to provide protection of life.



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What should I do if my fire alarm is faulty?

You must report the fault immediately by contacting your fire protection company – such as the team here at Citation Fire & Electrical. Then they’ll need to get your alarm system in working order again to make sure your business complies with the relevant regulations.

Do I need a service contract for Fire Alarm Maintenance?

Having a contract in place to service your fire alarm is important because it supports the processes that ensure compliance with Fire Safety regulations, like scheduling, reporting, training and much more.

If you don’t yet have a Fire Alarm Maintenance plan or contract in place, you can always call the team here at Citation Fire & Electrical. One of our expert team members can discuss your requirements and help you access the services and the experts you need.