Do I Have To Log My Fire Alarm Tests?
With so many fire safety regulations in force in the UK, and regular amendments to The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 being made, it can be confusing for commercial property managers to fully understand their responsibilities.
Fire safety is, of course, non-negotiable. Tragedies such as the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, have highlighted the danger of a complacent attitude that ignores regulations, leading to devastating consequences. But effective fire safety is not simply a case of having the right equipment installed in your premises: a thorough record of testing is also essential to ensure that a detailed and systematic approach to fire prevention is observed.
The Importance Of Maintain A Fire Alarm Log
BS 5839-1:2017 (Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings) states that fire alarm systems in commercial premises should be tested weekly. This will ensure they are in full working order and significantly reduces the change of equipment failure should a fire break out.
By law, a fire alarm logbook is compulsory for all commercial premises that have a fire alarm system and control panel installed. This requirement is stipulated under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and helps premises managers and property owners to abide by BS5839 standards.
Carrying out a weekly commercial fire alarm test is important but, if there is no formal record maintained, it is impossible to prove that you are meeting your legal obligations. In the event that a fire occurs and questions are raised about the effectiveness of your evacuation procedures, your business will be held to account as if it had not conducted weekly tests at all – with severe financial penalties and reputational damage likely.
A fire alarm log enables you to identify and address any problems with the system. As deficiencies are discovered, these can be recorded as well as any remedial action as proof of your positive approach to fire safety in the workplace.
Appointing A Responsible Person
If, as the property owner, you are unsure how to test fire alarms within your usual schedule, the responsibility can be designated to a named Responsible Person, which could be a professional fire alarm maintenance company.
The named person should be responsible for carrying out weekly fire alarm tests and recording them in the logbook. If you appoint a member of staff to the role, they will require advance training to ensure they complete the task correctly.
Contact Rhino Fire Control For Expert Fire Alarm Advice And Support
At Rhino Fire Control, we can provide you with expert fire alarm testing and maintenance, and ensure your documentation is completed correctly as proof of your compliance with your legal responsibilities.
To find out more, or to request a free, no-obligation quotation, please contact us today.
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