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Common Fire Alarm FAQs: What You Need To Know

Updated: Jun 13

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Here at EK Fire Protection, we certainly don’t advise you to wait until the time comes for your next service to find out if your fire alarm is working as it should be. If you’re a business owner, you need to check your fire alarm control panel for any damage or faults on a frequent basis.

With this in mind, we list a few common FAQs relating to fire alarm safety. 

What do I need to do if my fire alarm is faulty?

You have to let a trusted fire protection company know so they can fix the issue as soon as feasible. We do not advise that you ever ignore visual warnings relating to your fire detection equipment as this responsibility falls to you. 

How long do fire alarms last?

Unsurprisingly, fire alarms certainly don’t last forever. With that in mind, this is why you need to keep an eye out for any suspicious signs and ensure you’re carrying out frequent checks and inspections. Lots of fire alarm systems have a lifespan of 10-15 years. 

What's more, the batteries that supply the backup power only last up to four years. With regular servicing, your fire alarms should never lose power.

 Are weekly fire alarm tests required?

All businesses should have a ‘responsible person’ and this individual is going to be responsible for making sure that the correct fire safety and procedures are in working order. They need to be carrying out weekly tests on the fire detection and warning systems to be able to tell that everything’s in good working order.

In these weekly tests, you will have to activate at least one fire alarm call-point and see that the alarm sounds and the control panel receive the necessary signals.

If your panel links to the alarm centre, you need to let your local fire service know that you are going to carry out a weekly, this is to ensure that they know a fire hasn’t broken out on your premises. Once a fire test is done, you then need to record the test in your fire logbook and reset your fire alarm panel.

If you’re looking for a reliable fire protection company, you needn’t look further than EK Fire Protection. As one of the leading fire safety businesses in the area, we work closely with numerous businesses to ensure they are adequately covered and clued up when it comes to fire safety. To find out more, please visit our website or contact us today.

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