The short answer to the question ‘why maintain a commercial fire alarm system?’ is that regular maintenance helps to protect lives!
Imagine if a fire broke out within your commercial premises and your fire alarm failed to activate because of a fault that had not been identified due to poor maintenance. Not only would this be potentially catastrophic for the business, the company directors and The Responsible Individual could be found negligent and face hefty financial penalties and even a prison sentence.
Scare tactics aside, there are also business interruption considerations.
A fire alarm system that is not regularly maintained is more prone to false alarm activations which may mean that your building will need to be evacuated. This will inconvenience your staff and customers and may affect sales. If your fire alarm is linked to the fire service, your emergency service call out response may also be downgraded.
Another reason is that it is a legal requirement to ensure your commercial fire alarm is serviced every six months.
Finally, if it is proven that poor fire alarm maintenance is a reason why a fire was able to spread more widely, your insurance cover would almost certainly be affected or even invalidated!
There is a statistic that 80% of businesses fail 18 months after having a major fire. An effective fire alarm system with appropriately sited fire detectors is designed to give early warning that fire signals are present. A well-maintained fire alarm system ensures that all component parts of your fire alarm system are tested and serviced regularly to ensure their optimum performance.
There are visual checks the Responsible Individual should ensure are carried out, but the legislation states that system servicing should be carried out by a competent individual. Ideally, this should be a BAFE approved company like Tecserv UK who have engineers who are trained by the fire alarm manufacturers and receive regular updates on the latest technology.
Tecserv UK has a team of field based service engineers who are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. Regular maintenance also helps to cut down on the number and cost of emergency call outs to rectify faults.
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