10 top tips for the maintenance and testing of fire detection systems

FPA Infozone John Briggs, head of training and risk at the Fire Protection Association (FPA), is delivering a seminar on Defining competency during day two of FIREX 2017 Wednesday 21 June between 12:00-12:50 in The FPA Infozone. Briggs has also put together the following tips for the maintenance and testing of fire detection systems, which offer a digital foretaste of the kind of high-level education to expect from the FPA Infozone at FIREX International 2017. Get your free badge now.

1. All You need to ensure that whoever does your maintenance and testing that it is done by a competent person.

2. Fire detection systems BS5839 is the standard that maintenance companies comply with to carry out maintenance on fire alarm and detection systems.

These checks are normally done quarterly. However, there are also user checks in this standard that the owner or user of the system must complete on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

3. Emergency lighting There is now no requirement for the six monthly test in emergency lighting tests BS5266-8.

4. Dry risers The guidance says that dry risers should be tested each year. This is a full pressure test.

5. Fire log book It is important to record all maintenance carried out on fire systems in the fire log book.

6. Fire doors Remember, fire doors are only part of the door SET which is the doors, the frame and the door furniture.

7. Fire extinguishers A subcontractor will inspect your extinguishers annually, according to the contract you may have in place, but you or the user are required to carry out and record monthly checks.

8. Fire stopping When fire stopping, it is important to label what has been done and keep a record of the materials used.

9. Escape routes You must show record that you have checked on a regular basis that escape routes are clear and unobstructed at all times.

10. Ducting Make sure the fire detection system in any ducting or voids can be serviced properly. John Briggs, head of training and risk at the Fire Protection Association (FPA), is delivering a seminar on Defining competency during day two of FIREX 2017 Wednesday 21 June between 12:00-12:50 in The FPA Infozone. FIREX International takes place between 20-22 June 2017 at London ExCeL. Get your free badge now. Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry. It is the perfect place to get your product in front of thousands of buyers, across a multitude of featured areas. From the brand new Drone Zone, the ARC Village, ASFP Passive Protection Zone, the Engineers of Tomorrow competition and more, it s all under one roof so you ll never miss a beat.

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