How often should I test my Fire Alarm?

Fire alarms are critical safety systems that are designed to alert people in case of a fire emergency. To ensure that fire alarms are working properly, it is important to perform regular Fire Alarm weekly testing and maintenance. BS 5839, which stands for British Standard 5839, sets the guidelines for the design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of fire alarm systems.

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Weekly Testing

Fire Alarm weekly testing is a simple process that involves checking the fire alarm’s sounders and manual call points to ensure that they are working properly. Here’s how to perform a weekly test:

  • Notify all relevant parties:

    Before starting the test, make sure to inform your customers, staff, and the alarm receiving center, as well as any other tenants or the landlord if the fire alarm system is interconnected.

  • Activate the signal test switch:

    If equipped, activate the signal test switch beside the control panel to isolate outputs to the landlord’s system and any auxiliary devices.

  • Test the manual call points:

    Using the provided test key, activate a manual call point and check that all alarm sounders are functioning and that the activation is reported on the control panel. Also, check the operation of auxiliary devices such as automatic closing doors, shutters, and the heating and ventilation system.

  • Record the test results:

    If the tests are satisfactory, silence the alarms, reset the system, and record the test in the log book. Make sure to choose and activate a different call point each week so that they are all tested in turn. If any faults are found during the test, report them to the Regional Premises Department immediately and record them in the log book.

It is important to conduct the weekly fire alarm test to ensure the safety of your building and its occupants. By following the guidelines set by BS 5839, you can help keep your fire alarm system in proper working order.

6-Monthly Servicing

Every six months, it is important to have a professional perform a complete service of the fire alarm system. This includes checking all components of the system, such as the control panel, manual call points, smoke detectors, and sounders. The professional will also perform a thorough check of the wiring and connections, and will make any necessary repairs or replacements.

By performing weekly testing, and having a 6-monthly service performed by a professional, you can ensure that your fire alarm system is working correctly and that you are prepared in the event of a fire emergency. By following the guidelines set by BS 5839, you can help keep your building and its occupants safe.



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Reviewed: 13/02/2023 Our articles are reviewed regularly. However, any changes made to standards or legislation following the review date will not have been considered. Please note that we provide abridged, easy-to-understand guidance. To make detailed decisions about your fire safety provisions, you might require further advice or need to consult the full standards and legislation.