Fire Alarm Testing

 

How often should a Fire Alarm System be tested?

BS5839 recognises that although modern fire alarm systems incorporate a high degree of monitoring, so that faults are indicated at the control panel position, it is still necessary for a responsible person nominated by the company to ensure that fault indications at the panel are identified for appropriate action. It is also imperative for a regular test to be carried out to ensure that there has not been any major failure of the entire system, or significant part of the system.

 

Weekly Fire Alarm Tests

BS5839 recommends that the user / responsible person for the fire system tests their fire alarm system on a weekly basis. The recommendations of the standard are as follows:-

  1. Every week, a manual call point should be operated during normal working hours.  It should be confirmed that the control equipment is capable of processing a fire alarm signal and providing an output to fire alarm sounders and to ensure that the fire signal is correctly received at the alarm receiving centre (if used) to which fire alarm signals are transmitted. 
  2. It should be carried out at the approximately the same time each week.
  3. A different manual call point should be chosen each week so that all call points in the building are tested in rotation over a prolonged period.
  4. The duration for which any fire alarm signal is given at the time of the weekly test should be at least 5 seconds but not more than 60 seconds.
  5. Record the test in your fire alarm log book, if you do not have one, please contact us and we will send you one.

 

In addition to the weekly tests carried out by the user, periodic inspection and servicing needs to be carried out by a competent company certified by a UKAS accredited certification body with specialist knowledge and training of fire detection systems.  ProudCastle Solutions are certified by the NSI who are a UKAS accredited certification body.

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