This is the primary function of the monthly fire alarm test. Any portable (battery) power source, along with its connections to the system should be checked every three months. The maximum limit for a complete system diagnostic test is once every six months, although many premises require a quarterly check.
How often should fire alarm systems be inspected?
Some businesses take this to mean inspections once every year. BS 5839-1:2017, however, suggests that your fire alarm system should be inspected at least every 6 months. Much of the maintenance needs to be done by an experienced professional: all alarm sensors must be calibrated and tested, as must annunciators.
Is it a legal requirement to test fire alarm weekly?
Weekly testing by the user
This weekly test aims to ensure that all the devices and components of the fire alarm system are working effectively, that there is no issue with the signals being received by the control panel, and every person in the building can hear the alarm.
How often should commercial fire alarms be serviced?
Commercial fire alarm systems must be inspected and maintained at least every 6 months, as per the BS 5839 guidelines.
How long should a fire alarm test last?
A colleague seems to think it should be between 30-60 seconds. That’s unacceptable for the office. To my understanding it needs to be heard so would have thought between 3-5 seconds of sounding is sufficient.
Should fire tests be done at different times each week?
The reason why we in the fire industry recommend testing at the same time on the same day each week, during working hours, is so that the building occupants know to expect it at this time and become accustomed to what their fire alarm sounds like.