We’ll walk you through the requirements on fire alarm testing in this article from the SCT team, but before that, some background on where the regulations originate.

These regulations are for commercial premises. ‘Commercial premises’ could be defined as any property which is not domestic. These can include:

  • Retail Premises
  • Bars & Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • HMO Properties
  • Offices
  • Education Premises
  • Factories and Warehouses
  • Dentist Surgeries

If you require a new fire alarm for your property or need your existing fire alarm serviced. Please contact our experts at 028 7744 5079 for a complimentary survey.

The Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010

The Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010 addresses fire safety for non-domestic establishments. This includes “fire fighting and fire detection.” According to the regulation, premises shall be “equipped with appropriate means for fighting fire and means for giving warning in the event of a fire.”

However, not all businesses require a fire alarm system. Certain situations such as:

  • Business size
  • Business function
  • Small premises
  • Open plan premises
  • One person can do evacuation by shouting fire

  • A limited number present

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Fire Alarm Testing Regulations

Fire alarm testing has to be in two stages: weekly testing by the customer and maintenance and servicing by BAFE accredited specialists. Here’s what those two aspects should include:

Customer Testing

According to the British Standard, the customer should perform a weekly fire alarm test. The customer can test the fire alarm system by activating the manual call point during working hours.

A second weekly test can be carried out if certain employees are not present during the planned test. If there are many manual call points, the user should test a new one every week to guarantee that they are all tested throughout time. The exam should not take more than a minute to complete.

Professional Testing

According to BS 5839, a competent person should test fire alarm systems at least every six months. Generally, a specialist fire safety company like SCT. The professional servicing will include, but not limited to:

  • Logbook inspection
  • Visual call point inspections

  • Visual inspection of detectors and other devices

  • Inspection of any building changes

  • Changes to use or occupancy

Suppose you fail to satisfy the six-month inspection schedule. In that case, your system will not comply with British Standards, which might pose problems if you show that your premises fulfil the fire safety laws.

Fire Alarm System Installation & Servicing Northern Ireland

To ensure that your building meets the regulations set out by the government and relevant industry bodies, you will need a specialist fire alarm company to install and maintain your fire alarm system.

A fully functioning fire alarm can save lives by alerting people at the earliest possible moment. Having a third-party accredited company can save you time and money because fewer false alarms mean a reduction in unnecessary downtime.

Whether you need an old system replaced or a new system installed in a commercial property, SCT is here to help with our specialist team of engineers.

SCT is a BAFE and SafeContractor accredited company, so you can trust that the work is correct.

Get in touch with us today and talk to one of our friendly team.