UK fire alarm regulations only state that your fire alarm system must be ‘adequately maintained’. However, BS 5839 recommends that a fire alarm system should be inspected by a ‘competent person’ at least every 6 months, and the government recommends following this standard.
A comprehensive fire alarm service and maintenance contract with a company that is accredited by BAFE (British Approvals of Fire Equipment) or another third-party accreditor, will help ensure you stay the right side of the law, and your premises and staff are protected.
BusinessWatch is a BAFE accredited company. Therefore, you have the peace of mind that not only do we meet or exceed the highest possible business performance standards, but we also security screen all relevant staff for your safety.
Fire Alarm Servicing
On choosing BusinessWatch for your fire alarm system maintenance, you will receive a contract from that states:
- The standards the maintenance will be carried out to
- How often your fire alarm will be tested
- The minimum response time to call outs
- What is included in your agreement (call outs, parts etc)
If replacement parts are needed for your fire alarm to keep it working to optimum levels, we advise this is done straight away. In the longer term this is more cost effective than paying for call outs to a malfunctioning system, or fire brigade costs to attend false alarms. It also reduces the risk of your system not operating as it should if there was a fire to break out on your premises.
Following a maintenance visit, you should receive a full written report of any devices or parts that have failed the tests. You should also be advised whether the works specified are just recommendations or whether they form a non-compliance issue. Any non-compliance works should be completed straight away to ensure your fire alarm system protects your property and your employees should a fire break out.
The expected lifespan of your fire alarm system is around 10-15 years. During this period, it’s important to keep your system maintained, up to date and compliant with legislation. After this period, we would recommend upgrading your fire alarm system to ensure your people and property are protected.
What’s the next step?
If you’re looking for:
- a new maintenance/repairs programme for your system
- moving from your incumbent maintenance supplier
then call us on 0330 094 7404 for a free, no obligation quotation today. One of our expert Fire Safety Consultants will be available to discuss your requirements in more detail. They will answer any questions you may have, and fully inform you of the next steps. Then, if required, we’ll arrange a free on-site fire safety survey.