As you may already be aware, the regulations regarding fire alarms are changing. If you are a licensed premises (pub, club, etc) or a property of multiple occupation, (nursing home, guest house, hotel, or property converted to flats) then these changes will affect you.
It will be mandatory for Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMO) to be licensed via their local authority, and minimum acceptable standards will apply, including provision of a suitable Fire Alarm System. It will also be the duty of the manager of the premises to ensure that any fire alarms that are installed are maintained in good working order.
The above requirement will also apply to premises applying for a liquor License or Public Entertainment Licence. In the past obtaining a licence would have involved going through several different channels. This will now be consolidated into one licence under the new licensing bill.
Insurance companies are also taking a stricter view of the requirement for a suitably maintained Fire Alarm and it is now included in many premises Risk Assessments.
Basic questions you should be asking
- Is there a fire alarm installed?
- Does it have a Certificate of Compliance?
- Does it comply with current regulations?
- Is it tested regularly in-house by a Responsible Person?
- Are these tests recorded in the system Log Book?
- Is the system free of false alarms?
- Has the cause of false alarms been sourced and rectified?
- Is the system regularly checked by a Competent Person approved to BAFE SP203 for maintenance of fire protection systems?
- Is there a maintenance contract in place with the Competent Person or Company to regularly check the system and rectify faults?
- Are all residents/staff/regular users aware of the location of the essential elements of the Fire Alarm (call points, exit doors etc)?
- Is a fire drill carried out routinely?
Responsible Person This person has control of the premises and is responsible for the testing and other procedures relating to the fire alarm.
Competent Person This is usually an employee of a contractor or installer who is trained in the maintenance of fire alarms and is capable of rectifying faults.
If you have answered “no” to any of the above questions then your system may not be sufficient to satisfy inspection by the Local authority of the Fire Officer.
If you feel you could benefit from advise or require a check of the system you have installed, then contact us on 01986 89 55 88 for assistance. Waveney Security maintains and services Fire alarm systems using qualified engineers. We operate to ISO 9002 and all current fire alarm regulations including BS 5839 Part 1, BS 5839 Part 6, BSEB ISO 9001 and SP203.
Neglecting the requirements under the forthcoming legislation could prove costly in terms of lives and livelihoods.
All members of our staff who visit your site have completed a Fire alarm servicing course. and are equipped with the tools and test equipment to do the job properly.