Fire Alarm Maintenance

Fire Alarm System Maintenance

The fire alarm system in your office or factory is meant to play an important role. 

Not only is it responsible for making sure all risks are averted, but it can also save your personal belongings and assets when a fire breaks out. 

Smoke detectors located inside an enclosed space signal a fire emergency through panels linked with the fire alarm system. 

They prompt the emergency teams to act while also providing a safe exit for everyone inside the building. 

While there are numerous awareness campaigns targeted at installing fire alarms and smoke detectors in buildings, we’re unconvinced enough has been said about maintaining them. 

It is extremely important you maintain a fire alarm system as the component parts start to age. 

With that in mind, let’s examine the reasons you need a fire alarm system maintenance company for your premises and how you can benefit from hiring one. 

What you should keep in mind is that installing a fire alarm system is just the start of fire safety inside your building. 

Your actual aims of fire safety are only met if you look after it and comply with the regulations. Regular professional maintenance of your fire alarm is essential to ensure you fulfil your legal obligations under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Why do you need to work with a fire alarm maintenance company?

If you’ve had a new fire alarm system installed in your office, it can be tempting to think that’s ‘job done’ at your end. 

But that’s just the beginning, and you need to maintain it. 

A small fire can cause more damage than it would have done otherwise if you don’t.

Nobody wants that scenario to play out after spending money on fire safety. 

Here are some of the reasons you should consider working with a fire alarm maintenance company:

•Safety first

Often, a fire alarm system is the first line of defence against a potential fire hazard. 

Only activated, you can do something about controlling a fire or extinguish it before it causes further damage. 

The fire alarm alerts everyone in the office and can save lives, documents and possessions.

A failure of one to work as it could be catastrophic.

•Regulations

Many workplace safety laws require organisations to have an operational fire alarm system on the premises. These regulations require an operational smoke detection mechanism is connected to it. 

Not having appropriate provisions can lead to you facing legal and financial consequences. 

A fire alarm maintenance company would make sure your devices are in working order, so they perform when needed. 

Its staff check any irregularities, carrying out repairs when necessary. 

You wouldn’t want employees to be put at undue risk.

•Protection of assets

No organisation wants to see their assets burn to the ground because of an inability to maintain a functioning system. 

Alarm maintenance companies improve your first line of defence against a potential fire. 

Installed correctly, these systems give you the early warning required to protect both company and employee assets. 

It can take a business several months, even years, to recover from the destruction caused by a fire.

•Return on investment (ROI)

In some ways, you hope an alarm installation never gives you a return on investment. 

Ideally, it is there for a day that will never come. 

However, if you are unlucky enough to have a fire in your business and an alarm gives you enough time to stop it spreading then it could help avoid significant financial loss and worry.

Regular maintenance of the system, along with its smoke detectors, assists not only the people inside your business but can also come to its rescue in case of an emergency.

What is included in a maintenance contract?

In general, a maintenance contract includes the following:

Routine inspection and testing

You can expect routine inspection and testing as part of your arrangement. 

The company will have professional engineers assigned to this task that will visit and test your system for faults. 

Preventive management is the way forward.

On-site breakdown support

Understanding how important a component a fire alarm system is for safety inside your office, it makes sense to want on-site support in case of a breakdown. 

If you’re working with a reputable company, they will make sure maintenance is done when you need it.

A fault is something you’ll want to address straight away, and having breakdown support means you know there is somebody at the end of a telephone line that can respond quickly.

Annual inspections

Annual inspections are essential for fire alarm system maintenance. 

During one we carry out detailed tests as recommended by the system components’ manufacturers. 

This includes, but is not limited to:

•Testing switch mechanisms

•Examining and testing every fire detector

•Visual and audible testing of alarms

•Checking of wireless signal strengths if required

•Cabling inspection

•Standby power supply testing if required

•Reporting of outstanding defects

•Issue the servicing certificate

Optical Fire & Security can provide a cost-effective and compliant maintenance package for your fire alarm systems.

We can provide you with routine alarm testing & servicing, to ensure that your business remains legally compliant with health and safety measures and, more importantly, continues to keep your business and your staff safe. Contact us for a free, no-obligation quote.