fire alarm testing

Fire Alarm Testing

Fire Alarm Testing

Fire Alarms – they are probably the most important warning system in your business.

When fire breaks out, a suitable, fully functional fire alarm system is a vital first line of defence, helping to save lives and enabling fire fighters to hopefully limit the damage caused to your premises.

But like any functioning device, fire alarms are subject to wear and tear. An alarm system left unchecked can begin to deteriorate and standby batteries will lose power – the results of this could be fatal.

Importance of fire alarm testing

As well as being a requirement of your insurance provider it is a legal requirement that all fire alarm systems are tested regularly. Article 17 of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that the person responsible for the premises must ensure a weekly test is carried out by a competent person; this can be the landlord, manager or a person who has been properly trained.

This is where Securi-Guard can help. Our team of highly trained and experienced personnel will ensure you always meet the requirements of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

We are available when you need us and will carry out testing and checking procedures to ensure that your fire alarm system is functioning to its optimum capability. After all, the safety of your staff and business are at stake.

If required, we can also assist you when carrying out your six monthly fire alarm evacuation exercise.

By carrying out these tests on a regular basis staff working on site will feel safe in the knowledge that you, as their employer/landlord, are treating both their safety and the safety of the building as a priority.

What our personnel will test

Regular system tests are one of the most important parts of fire alarm maintenance.

Prior to Securi-Guard carrying out the weekly fire test:

  • You will need to inform your staff/tenants and your Alarm Receiving Centre (if the alarm is monitored) that a test is to be carried out
  • Advise your staff to treat an alarm as genuine if it lasts longer than one minute – we can also perform the tests out of normal working hours.

When carrying out the test we would:

  • want to test the system at the same time each week
  • check the system panel, check the power source and look for any signs of faults
  • with the controls enabled, randomly test the break glass manual call points
  • ensure the system sounds, randomly check the sounders
  • silence the system and reset it
  • ensure that the test results are recorded in a log book
  • use the log to record any incidents of false alarms or faults
  • submit a written report to the client – if requested to do so

Remember to keep the log book in a safe place that is also easily accessible. This will enable our inspection team to check all the test results.

If you want to find out more about our weekly fire alarm testing service or to book a test, please contact us today via