How important is Fire Alarm Servicing?
Your fire alarm system is a great indicator of your care and commitment to the safety and welfare of your staff and customers as well as any visitors to your business premises. As an effective way of offering protection against catastrophic damage to your property, you will want to ensure that your fire alarm system undergoes regular servicing and maintenance.
With regards to your fire alarm servicing, you need to ask yourself the following questions:
- Is your fire alarm serviced in accordance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005?
- Who is the ‘Responsible’ person in your organisation?
- Who is the ‘competent’ person carrying out your fire alarm service?
- Is your current fire safety provider third-party accredited?
Your duties as the ‘Responsible Person’
You have a responsibility under the UK fire safety regulations to ensure that you carry out such tasks as checking and testing your fire safety system on a regular basis. For a small business concern, you may be able to do this yourself once you have read up and can understand what you need to do. The ‘responsible person’ may be prosecuted if they fail to comply with the law, so if that person is you, it would be wise to brush up on your duties!
You must also ensure a ‘competent person’ checks, tests and services your fire alarm system. You can hire a company to carry out fire alarm testing and servicing on your behalf. This would be a better idea for a larger company with more complex fire safety requirements, or for the busy business owner that travels a lot for work and may not be on-site regularly enough to perform these duties.
DRAM Fire Maintenance Services
British Standard BS5839-1:2013, states that your fire alarm system should be serviced by a competent person at least every 6 months. However, this number of service visits, can increase according to the potential fire risk of the premises. This is usually determined by carrying out a fire risk assessment. Our assessor would evaluate the risk and make a recommendation based on your working practices and the current fire protection levels within the building.
By using DRAM to service your fire alarm system you can have complete peace of mind that your investment in your fire protection equipment is fully compliant with current regulations and that you are giving your staff a safe and secure place to work. Our engineers have the most up to date knowledge of the latest fire regulations and training ensuring that their personal workmanship is both of the highest standard and meets or exceeds all current regulatory requirements.
We are a fully accredited London based fire safety and security firm that has been established since 2009. Call us today if you need any help with your fire alarm needs and requirements.