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Weekly Testing

To monitor and ensure your fire alarm is operational in the event of a fire emergency a weekly fire alarm test is required.

Testing your fire alarm is a simple procedure and should be carried out weekly.

To most people, the fire alarm panel is an electrical box on the wall, and nobody takes much notice of it, until it is activated. I have visited some buildings whereby the person trained as the Fire Warden does not know where the fire alarm panel is located, or taken me to the intruder panel.

In some buildings, the only time the fire alarm is checked to confirm it is working, is when the fire alarm engineer carries out his fire alarm servicing visit. This visit may be anything from every three months to every six months, depending on the fire alarm maintenance contract that is in place.

However, checking whether the fire alarm is operational is important as the purpose of the fire alarm is to detect a fire at an early stage and evacuate the building quickly, hence giving people as much time as possible to escape the threat of fire.

The person/s responsible for the fire alarm should check if the power light is illuminated whenever they pass the fire alarm control panel. The standards state this should be once a day. Being familiar with your fire alarm panel is important and one way to achieve this is weekly fire alarm testing.

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Fire alarm testing should be carried out weekly.

The Fire Alarm is one of the main components in the fire defence strategy of any building. Furthermore, it is usually the first part of the fire protection system that will detect the presence of a fire. Not only does it carry out its primary role of alerting the occupants in the event of fire, but it also prepares the building for a fire emergency, such as closing any fire doors to keep fire compartmentation, calling the Fire and Rescue services, closing gas valves, operating smoke extract systems, return lifts to the ground floor, etc.

However, to make sure the system works in such an emergency, fire alarm testing on a weekly basis and the in-depth fire alarm testing known quarterly or six monthly inspection, needs to be carried out and documented.

What is the procedure to carryout Your Fire Alarm Weekly Test?

So what’s involved in carrying out this test?

Well, it is straight forward.

  • Liaise with all personnel in the building informing them when you plan to carry out the test.
  • Try and carry out the test at the same time every week.
  • Ensure that if the fire alarm is connected to an ARC (Alarm Receiving Centre), you call the ARC and put the system on “Test”.
  • Make sure you have a manual call point reset key. This will be required to reset the manual call point after you have activated it.
  • Go to a manual call point and activate it.
  • Wait for the sounders to start. I
  • nsert your manual call point reset key and reset the manual call point.
  • Return back to the fire alarm control panel and confirm that the activated manual call point address and zone is correct.
  • If ok. Silence the sounders and reset the fire alarm control panel.
  • Record the test in the fire log book.
  • Contact the ARC (Alarm Receiving Centre) and confirm they have received the fire signal and take the system off “test”.

It is as simple as that.

However, if you are too busy, do not have the time or not very good with electrical equipment, why not contact our office on 020 541 5646 or visit our website and complete the contact page. We offer a service to carry out the weekly test on your behalf, plus fire alarm maintenance.

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