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Commercial Fire Alarm Maintenance

Your commercial fire alarm is a crucial part of your business’s fire protection services. Proper maintenance is a legal requirement, keeping your business, employees and customers protected in the event of a fire.

At Robinsons Facilities Services, our team of highly trained technicians offer commercial fire alarm maintenance, testing, and repairs across Yorkshire and the entire UK. 

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Types of Commercial Fire Alarm Systems

The types of fire alarms in commercial buildings vary. Several key considerations will determine the most appropriate commercial fire alarm system for your premises. 

These include:

  • the size of the building,
  • the type of business or activity carried out on the premises,
  • whether the building is occupied 24 hours a day, or just during working hours, and
  • the number of people who normally occupy the building.

The most common types of commercial fire alarm systems are:

Conventional Fire Alarm Systems

Conventional fire alarm systems are made up of a series of devices that are all connected to the same circuit. When one device is triggered, it will set off all the other devices on the same circuit.

Wireless Fire Alarm Systems

Wireless fire alarm systems are becoming increasingly popular in commercial premises. These systems use radio waves to communicate between the different devices.

Addressable Fire Alarm Systems

Addressable fire alarm systems are the most advanced type of commercial fire alarm. They are made up of a series of devices, each with its own unique address. This allows the fire alarm control panel to pinpoint the exact location of a fire or smoke detector that has been triggered.

Why You Need a Commercial Fire Alarm System

A commercial fire alarm system is an essential part of your business’s fire safety strategy. It will help to ensure that everyone in the building is aware of a fire and can evacuate the premises quickly and safely.

A commercial fire alarm system can also help to prevent a fire from spreading by alerting the authorities as soon as possible or even triggering fire suppression systems.

Robinsons Facilities Services can help your business with many aspects of fire safety, including fire risk assessments. We’ll ensure your fire alarm system is legally compliant in line with The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

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How Are Fire Alarm Systems Tested and Maintained?

Two types of tests should be carried out to guarantee that your commercial fire alarm system is working properly.

1. Functional Tests

A functional test involves testing the fire alarm system itself to ensure it will work in the event of a fire. This includes testing the smoke detectors, heat detectors, manual call points, and alarm sounders. Other equipment, like fire doors, also need regular maintenance.

2. Non-Functional Tests

A non-functional test involves testing the auxiliary elements of the fire alarm system to ensure they are fit for purpose. This includes testing the power supply, batteries, cabling, and the fire alarm control panel.

Commercial Fire Alarm Maintenance Legal Requirements

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that the responsible person must ensure that, “the premises are, to the extent that it is appropriate, equipped with appropriate fire-fighting equipment and with fire detectors and alarms.”

If you make any significant changes in your business, such as adding new facilities or changing the volume of people on the premises regularly, you may also need an inspection. This will ensure that your risk assessment and fire detection systems are fit for purpose.

Though you can perform weekly tests yourself, BS-5839 outlines that every six months, a professional check of your fire alarm system is necessary to ensure it is fully functional.

Commercial Fire Alarm Maintenance Yorkshire: Our Services

At Robinsons Facilities Services, our accredited safety professionals have decades of experience working with a wide range of fire protection and fire suppression systems. We can advise on all aspects of fire system maintenance anywhere in the UK.

Our services include

Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM)

With our most popular package, the PPM contract, enjoy year-round commercial fire alarm servicing and maintenance of fire alarm equipment from our expert team. Get the peace of mind that only comes from knowing that your commercial premises are fire-safe and legally compliant. 

Leave it to the professionals at Robinsons Facilities Services to maintain your commercial fire alarm system.

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Reactive Only Service

In need of a more “as and when” service? We’ve got you covered. Our accredited safety technicians are available for fast and efficient commercial fire alarm testing and repairs across the UK.

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Emergency Call Out

Emergency? Our technicians are available 24-7-365 for emergency commercial fire alarm maintenance anywhere in the UK.

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Contact Robinsons Facilities Services, your professional fire alarm maintenance company serving the Yorkshire region and throughout the UK. 

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Commercial Fire Alarms FAQs

A fire alarm is usually triggered by the detection of smoke, carbon monoxide, or heat. This will cause the alarm to sound straight away, and potentially trigger other fire safety equipment.

Fire detection equipment should be installed either in every room or on every floor of the building, depending on its size. It’s also essential that everyone in the building be able to hear an alarm. Get a fire risk assessment performed if you would like more details.

Commercial fire alarms should be tested weekly for basic functionality, with professional tests and thorough checks taking place every six months.

Yes, basic tasks like testing alarms and batteries can be done in-house. However, most maintenance and repairs should be done by a certified professional.

Yes, every commercial property owner should keep a fire alarm log to maintain a proper record of the fire alarm system on site.

Apart from being against the law, neglecting to maintain your commercial fire alarm system puts lives at risk and leaves you vulnerable to fines or litigation. Proper fire alarm system maintenance is essential.

If your commercial fire alarm sounds without the presence of smoke or fire, it is usually due to dirt or defective components. This can be avoided with regular maintenance by certified professionals. 

The cost of fire alarm maintenance on your commercial property can vary greatly depending on the size and complexity of the system. Typical costs range from as little as £100+VAT to over £1000+VAT. Contact us now for a free quote.

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