Weekly Compliance Testing
Having a well maintained, modern fire alarm system is essential to a safe working and living environment.
Alongside six monthly service inspections (as a minimum) you are legally required to run weekly fire alarm tests, as governed by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) and BS 5839-6: 2019 standards.
To ensure compliance, a weekly ‘spot check’ manual call point must be operated with a test key using a different call point in rotation. This test should be carried out by a competent or ‘responsible person’ at approximately the same time of day every week.
All results, including the location of the call-point tested, should be recorded in a log book.
Monthly Emergency Lighting Testing
As well as fire alarm testing, there is a legal responsibility to complete monthly emergency light testing. This is to make sure systems are in good condition and will properly and where relevant, automatically, operate during emergency situations.
It is the duty of Responsible Persons to ensure monthly testing of Emergency Lighting systems, under BS 5266 part 8 (EN50172.)
The duration of the test should be sufficient to ensure the luminaire operates correctly, whilst minimising any damage to the system components, e.g. Lamps, Battery.
The result of monthly emergency lighting testing must be recorded in a specified log-book. And if failures are established, these must be resolved as soon as possible.
Failure to comply with these regulations can put lives at risk and incur severe penalties.
Fire Alarm Servicing
Weekly testing is different to fire alarm servicing. Both are required to remain compliant with current legislation.
It is advised fire alarm systems are inspected by a competent person at least every 6 months and the government recommends following this standard.
If operating out of larger premises, it is suggested this is carried out quarterly.
There are 2 main reasons to keep your fire alarm in working order:
- To alert occupants in the event of fire and so prevent loss of life
- To prevent false alarms and unnecessary call-outs to fire brigades.
Regular testing of fire alarm systems is not only a legal requirement for building owners, but also vital in keeping your systems fit for purpose to maintain a safe and secure environment.
Amthal is here to help
Each week, Amthal’s highly qualified engineers support busy responsible persons and building managers by assisting in completing their fire alarm compliance call point testing. We also provide scheduled monthly emergency lighting flick tests. All findings are noted in on-site log books and immediately reported back to our offices for any required remedial action.
This ensures you remain compliant and your systems are kept to a high functioning and consistent standard, by allowing Amthal to take care of these responsibilities for you.
To find out more about how you can benefit from regular fire alarm testing, please contact us. We will arrange for an account manager to assess your individual needs to create a distinct and personalised compliance testing package for your premises.