How Often Should You Have Your Fire Alarms Tested?

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Sep 1 2021 11:37AM

When you are taking care of a building and the health and safety of its occupants, there is so much to think about. Sometimes it may be hard to see the benefit - but when it comes to having your fire alarms tested, it is highly beneficial, and you can appreciate the results every day.

But how often should you have your fire alarms tested? Read on to find out.

Every Day

It would be best if you carried out some small checks at the beginning of every day to keep your systems running smoothly. The panel should be checked visually by a staff member each morning to check that the fire alarm is fully operational and the building is ready to be occupied. If a fault is found, this will give you a chance to have the building cleared and quickly risk assessed so that everyone can get back to work as soon as possible.

Every Week

Some of the most important testing of a fire alarm system takes place every week. You should test fire alarms weekly to ensure that the system is operating as expected. It is also vital that those within the building know the sound of the alarm and what it means.

Ensure that different call points are checked each week in rotation and that every single call point is tested once a year as a minimum requirement.

Every Six Months

Once every six months, you should have your fire alarm systems fully serviced by an engineer. They will flag up any undetected issues and advise on how best to fix these quickly for your convenience. Any repairs should be noted down and kept as a record.

Should I Be Trained?

While testing fire alarms doesn’t actually require specialist training or knowledge, you should give out some training to the person or people carrying out the weekly testing. While the testing itself is relatively easy, initial instruction is vital to ensure that it is carried out correctly every time. You should also keep a record of testing for both your reference and legal compliance.

Get In Touch

Are you looking for an experienced specialist for your Fire Alarms or Fire Risk Assessment? Get in touch with Arion Ltd for a range of other safety, training, and consultancy services to ensure your business runs safely and smoothly every single day.

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