Spear Electrical offers a full fire and safety service for clients, including design, installation, and maintenance of fire alarm and emergency lighting systems in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations and British Standards BS 5839:2002.and BS5266-1:2005.
Below we have looked at the most frequently asked questions relating to Fire Alarms and Safety for those that want the details, or you can call us on 0345 3100 145. Click or touch the headings below for more information.
Fire Alarm Design
In order to undertake the process of designing a Fire Alarm system for a building it is necessary to have a sound understanding of the relevant design standards, the legal framework surrounding building safety legislation and product applications. From an initial design brief, Spear will develop a suitable Fire Alarm design that complies with the relevant standards and any specific building integration requirements.
Fire Alarm Installation
Once the Fire Alarm design has been approved and agreed, Spear will install the complete system through to final commission and testing. Being totally independent, Spear is able to select the most appropriate products and manufacturers for the system installation, thereby enabling us to install the best possible system for the specific application.
Emergency Lighting Design
The main reason for installing an emergency lighting system is to enable the building to meet fire safety legislation in a way that is visually acceptable and meets the user’s needs for ease of operation and maintenance. Consequently it is important to establish all the relevant legal requirements for emergency lighting and Fire alarm systems before commencing the design. These should ideally be agreed between the system designer, user, fire authority, building control officer and system installer.
Why carry out fire alarm maintenance?
All fire systems must be regularly tested and maintenance is essential as it will prolong the life of a system and discover any faults that may occur. A system that is not maintained cannot be guaranteed to protect life and property.
It is essential that all fire systems are regularly tested and maintained in order to prolong the life of the system and ensure any faults are promptly rectified. A system that is not maintained cannot be guaranteed to protect life and property.
The Fire Safety Regulatory Reform Order, which came into effect on October 1, 2006 has consolidated existing fire regulations into one piece of legislation which requires a ‘responsible person or persons’ to implement a fire risk assessment of the premises. Employers are therefore responsible for their own fire safety risk assessment and must judge what fire precautions are necessary to protect their employees. Specific requirements set out in a Fire Certificate can no longer be relied upon.
The only reliable and measurable means of ensuring that your existing fire detection and warning system remains compliant and fully functional is to instigate a plan of regular routine maintenance and testing. This must be carried out by a ‘competent’ person and supplemented by weekly user tests.
BS5839-1:2002, as amended in 2004, recommends weekly user tests consisting of the operation of one manual call point to ensure that the alarm panel successfully processes the fire signal and operates the alarm sounders, with a record of each test being recorded in the company’s log book. This should be combined, for Grade A systems, with periodic inspection and testing of the system by a ‘competent’ person based on a risk assessment. The recommended interval between these inspections should not exceed six months.
The regulations recommend that during the periodic inspection, the following items are checked and recorded:-
- The system log book should be examined to ensure that recorded faults have been rectified
- A visual inspection of the building structure and occupancy level should be verified in order to ascertain compliance
- The standby batteries should be disconnected, inspected and load tested
- The output functions of the control panel should be verified via the operation of one detection device per circuit
- The operation of all sounders should be verified, while sound pressure levels should be measured upon appointment of a new servicing organisation
- Each automatic fire detector and manual call point should be tested over a 12 month period
- Upon completion, a service certificate should be issued to the responsible person
Benefits of the service
Whatever the size and complexity of the fire detection system – either a networked or a standalone system – for small, large, single or multiple sites, Spear has the required expertise. We can design and implement a service and maintenance package in accordance with your requirements and relevant regulations. Call us on 0345 3100 145