Who will raise the alarm if a fire starts on your premises when there is no-one there?
Fire alarm monitoring is a given when we have people working in or near a building. We rely on people to raise the alarm if smoke or flames are detected. It’s natural to expect this during the normal working day, but what happens if there is no-one around at the time a spark, smoke, heat or of fire ignites?
Fire Alarm Monitoring detects Heat, Smoke and Flames
With an increase in reported and attended incidents by Fire & Rescue Service in 2017, businesses and property owners need to be on alert. Fire alarm monitoring and detection devices will save your business, continuity and reputation and can reduce insurance premiums.
Here are some government statistics
FIRE STATISTICS TABLE 0301:
Primary fires1, fatalities2 and non-fatal casualties in other buildings by motive4 and building type, England
1 Primary fires are defined as fires that meet at least one of the following conditions:
(a) any fire that occurred in a (non-derelict) building, vehicle or outdoor structure,
(b) any fire involving fatalities, casualties or rescues,
(c) any fire attended by five or more pumping appliances.
2 Includes fatalities marked as “fire-related” but excludes fatalities marked as “not fire-related”. Those where the role of fire in the fatality was “not known” are included in “fire-related”. Fire-related deaths are those that would not have otherwise occurred had there not been a fire. i.e. ‘no fire = no death’.
3 For more detailed technical definitions of fire-related non-fatal casualties, see the Fire Statistics Definitions document.
4 The motive for the fire can be recorded as one of: Accidental, Deliberate or Not Known. For the purpose of these tables accidental is defined as when the motive was recorded as either Accidental or Not known.
5 Industrial premises includes: Industrial manufacturing, Industrial processing, Laboratory/research, Mines and quarries – above ground, Public utilities, Vehicle repair, Warehouses and bulk storage.
6 Hotels, boarding houses, hostels etc. includes: Animal boarding, Boarding house/B&B for homeless/asylum seeker, Boarding house/B&B other, Caravan site – in caravan/camper van, Hostel, Hotel/Motel, Other holiday residence and Youth hostel.
Fire Alarm Maintenance Scheduling
The following information lists the testing and maintenance schedule that is required under BS5839: Part 1:2002 for all fire alarm systems.
Onsite training can be provided to a member of staff responsible for the fire alarm system i.e. the Fire Warden.
The points covered will include:
- How the system works and how to test the call points (legal requirement)
- What to expect the system to do.
- How to prevent false activation.
Inspection and Tests Throughout The Year
This inspection and test is carried out by an experienced fire alarm engineer and is to include:
- Check all previous log book entries.
- Check all standby power supplies (incl. on power fail)
- Cause fire activation from all zones
- Check all control panel functions.
- Check any links to alarm receiving centre.
- Check any printer interfaces.
- Visually inspecting of any structural or occupancy changes to assess whether changes to the fire alarm system are required.
- Testing of the switch mechanism of every call point.
- Inspection, test and cleaning of every automatic smoke and heat device.
- Inspection of any readily accessible cables regarding fire system.
- Checking any cause and effect programme.
- Any further checks required recommended by manufacturer.
- Record all findings in log book.
- Issue testing certificate.