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Guest JamesTR

Hi

I manage a number of retail stores and we as a minimum follow the standard on servicing our fire alarms systems in stores as a minimum of every 6 months.

Where is this stated other than the BS 5839 part 1 2013 to be the legal requirement? is it the IEE Regulations?

It just seems every where states this as recommended and then other places say its the law?

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James

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It isn't. But BS5839-1 is the benchmark used by enforcers and the 6 monthly service interval is quoted in the official HM Government Fire Risk Assessment Guidance,

Deviations are possible, but you have to justify why going below the benchmark does not compromise safety (which is sometimes possible, Sainsburys did it for call point testing, but threw a lot of time and money in doing the research and stats to justify it)

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Guest alarm systems

we have 13 alarm points how often does each one need to be checked weekly?

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The purpose of the weekly test is to ensure if the fire alarm is required, it is working, to do this you use a different manual call point each week, meaning over a period of time all call points will be used.

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Guest J kay

Hello,

I am currently living in a house share of 6 and I am confused to whether the property manager has to test the fire alarm weekly or if monthly is fine. The research Ive done, it seems to depends on the grade of alarm, to which I have no idea.

It is never done at the same time and often done early in the am (I work nights) and never with permission or warning. 

Can anyone shed light on this at all?

Regards

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Fire alarms in domestic premises should be tested weekly according to BS 5839 part 6. 

Grade A systems should be tested weekly in accordance with BS 5839 part 1.

Grade B and C, test in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions

All other Grades should be tested at least every week by operating each fire alarm devices in the dwelling and should be carried out by use of a test button on each of the fire alarms in the dwelling. If they are inerlinked then all fire alarms will operate when you test one therefore I would use a different fire alarm to test each week.

I would recommend that the test is done at the same time each week so everybody knows it is a test and not the real thing.

The guidance for shared houses is FIRE SAFETY Guidance on fire safety provisions for certain types of existing housing.

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Guest JASPER

Hi, we have 25 buildings to look after if the 6 monthly maintenance is 1 week late on a building due to holidays or sickness, would that still be deemed not to comply or would a more logical stance be taken

jasper

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Hi...i am a new user here. As per my knowledge often they will check 25% of the alarm, each service, so by the time 12 months have passed everything will have been checked, That is also why is some places you will see devices with small coloured dots stuck on them. its so they know which device was tested in which quarter.

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3 hours ago, JardCrocker said:

Hi...i am a new user here. As per my knowledge often they will check 25% of the alarm, each service, so by the time 12 months have passed everything will have been checked, That is also why is some places you will see devices with small coloured dots stuck on them. its so they know which device was tested in which quarter.

Whilst you still may opt to do four 25% services a year it's not been required for a long time. Currently you need to cover 100% of the system within twelve months over a minimum of two visits not exceeding 6 months. Many sites now only have two 50% visits a year

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