Are you conducting regular fire alarm maintenance? If not, your fire alarm might not work correctly in an emergency. A fire alarm can degrade over time or be compromised by dirt, dust or vandalism. To ensure that a fire alarm works properly it should be inspected, tested and maintained on a regular basis.
How Old is Your System?
The age of your fire alarm system will determine the maintenance needed to keep it working properly. If it is less than 5 years old, testing on a regular basis is necessary but maintenance shouldn’t be needed. Humidity, voltage and temperature fluctuations can cause a 5 to 10 years old alarm’s components to break down. A well-maintained system that is 10 to 15 years old can still provide reliable service. If your fire alarm system is any older, it may be approaching the end of its usefulness.
Maintenance for Your Fire Alarm System
Testing and calibrating the sensors on your fire alarm is very important. Your manufacturer should provide the exact specifications needed. In order to do this, you will need to learn about sensors, failure modes and requirements for re-installation. Check batteries and connections frequently and replace when needed.
Fire Alarm Tests
Your manufacturer guidelines and recommendations should be followed, but most systems require a full test and inspection every year after installation. There may be certain testing interval requirements depending on where you live. Check to find out the requirements needed to stay compliant. The standards set are usually for minimum fire alarm maintenance, you may want to take more rigorous measures depending on the conditions your fire alarm system must function under.
With proper maintenance, a fire alarm system can last up to 20 years without being replaced. Call Fire Control Systems today to install or inspect your fire alarm system.