4 Ways To Maintain Your Fire Alarm System At Home

Fire Alarm System

Fire alarm systems are much easier to design and install than suppression systems. As long as a system is maintained, relatively few things can harm its operation and performance. Furthermore, most modern systems are identifiable and self-monitor their status and operation. 

However, suppression systems are subject to various issues that can impact their performance, such as changes in water supplies, building use, storage commodities and arrangement, and building environmental conditions.

Fire protection and alarm systems are not one-time purchases. They must maintain them after they have been installed and commissioned. The responsibility for maintenance falls to the owner or their designated representative. Maintaining the functionality and performance of these systems is a critical component of any risk management program. 

A basic understanding of national system standards is essential for ensuring that we are purchasing what is required most cost-effectively. Please do not assume that an inspection (or test) is simply an inspection (or test), regardless of whether it is for a water-based fire protection system or an alarm system. That could not be further from the truth.

Here are some tips for maintaining a fire alarm system:

Determine the Age of the Alarm System

Do you know the age and maintenance history of your system? A system that is less than 5 years old does not require much maintenance, and if it does, it is most likely due to poor installation procedures or voltage transients. Environmental factors may cause problems with a fire system that is 5 to 10 years old. Temperature, humidity, and voltage fluctuations can all cause false alarms.

A system between 10 and 15 years old can provide adequate protection if adequately maintained. System failure is likely if it has not been adequately maintained. On the other hand, a system that is more than 20 years old poses a significant risk because it may have reached the end of its useful life. You may continue to use it if it is well maintained.

Get Your Alarm System Inspected

If the building code requires a fire alarm system, there is also an obligation for annual maintenance and quarterly inspection following the fire brigade’s conditions for activation. Only a certified specialist company, such as CWS Fire Safety, may perform maintenance. An operator-instructed person can also perform the inspection, usually done with a certified specialist company. 

These specialized companies must meet the local requirements and provide proof of compliance. We are certified and would be happy to inspect and maintain your fire alarm system.

Follow the Fire Alarm System Code

The National Fire Alarm Code is published by the Association and can be used as a guideline for installing, maintaining, and testing fire alarm systems. Local governments, as well as insurance companies, publish recommendations for life safety systems.

Also, remember that minimum fire alarm maintenance and safety standards are sometimes established. You may want to take more stringent measures depending on the conditions under which your fire alarm system must function.

Your system may not get the attention it requires unless you have the budget to keep a trained fire safety expert on staff for fire alarm maintenance. Facility personnel is rarely adequately trained to test these systems. You could think about hiring the service.

Test Fire Alarm Systems Regularly

Regular fire alarm testing differs from fire alarm servicing in that you check the operability of your safety alarms regularly and log any issues discovered during the tests so that you can act immediately.

A fire alarm service is a thorough investigation of the entire fire alarm system that may be completed by your designated person or outsourced fire safety engineers. In contrast, weekly testing is more of a ‘spot check.’

Regular testing is essential because having a fully operational fire alarm is a regulatory requirement for those premises that require them.

You may choose to test less frequently, but you must provide any investigating fire officers with your reasons for deviating from the guidelines if they come to inspect your premises.

Key Takeaway

You must understand the system installed in your home and how it works. It will make performing checks easier and make you more aware of any flaws in your system. Many believe It needs not educate them because they can hire specialists to check their system. 

It is recommended that you have a specialist inspect your fire alarm system twice a year, but you should also perform weekly maintenance checks yourself. The checklist below will assist you in performing a thorough inspection and ensuring that your fire alarm system is operational.

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