Having a quality, well maintained Fire Alarm is one of the most important features of any home or business. Over the past 10 years fires in the UK have dropped staggering amounts and continue to do so each year. This is in no small part to the modern technology used in fire alarms which allow distributers and manufacturers to keep costs at an all time low, resulting in fire safety at an all time high.
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No matter how technologically advanced a fire detection and fire alarm system might be with state-of-the-art self-monitoring and automatic fault detection features, there will always be the need for human observation and intervention to ensure its continuous smooth running and optimum performance.
There are three main reasons for routine maintenance and testing:
Over and above the weekly and monthly test routines, it is important for regular inspection and servicing of the system to be carried out, in order to identify and rectify any faults, including false alarm problems, and also to ensure that any changes made to the actual fabric of the building, e.g. extensions, alterations or remedial work, that might have been made in the meantime have not affected the system in any way, either through damage to any of its elements or by impacting on the level of protection it offers. Changes in use and / or occupancy levels of a building can also have a detrimental effect on the protection offered by existing fire protection and fire alarm systems so any such factors must also be taken into consideration during the inspection process. The recommended period between successive inspection and servicing visits should not exceed six months.
Because of the specialist nature of the work, inspections are usually contracted out to a fire alarm service organisation, whose competence can be assured by third-party certification.
Information Aquired in-part from safelincs.co.uk