Fire Alarm Installation and Maintenance

Modern fire alarm systems are designed to be able to rapidly detect the presence of fire or smoke and to alert the occupants of a building in the event of a fire. They also will, in many cases, send an automated alert message to an off- site location such as the emergency services and/or building owner.

All automated fire alarm systems need to comply with the EN54 standard, which ensures compatibility with other components and is an international mandatory standard for electrical and fire safety in all EU countries. As fire alarms are necessary to prevent the spread of fire and smoke and to save lives they are an essential requirement in any work or public place. All systems should have the CE/ kitemark label on them as an assurance of functionality and reliability.

Fire alarm systems need to be installed by a qualified technician who is trained and familiar with the various types of fire alarm and zoning systems in common use. They would be familiar with the industry regulations and standards regarding fire alarms as well as with all the components and connections present in any installation.

To be able to safely install a fire alarm system you would be fully trained and able to designate zones in a building according to fire regulations, connect up a control panel, install all the cabling, connect up the various sensors and sounders, detect any faulty components or cable breaks as well as test the functionality of every part of the system. You would also be able to validate the system along with supplying all the relevant certification.

Fire alarms are only effective if they are maintained properly and regularly inspected and tested by a designated member of staff. Their duties would include checking all the sensors, cabling and control panels as well as performing function tests such as alarm sounding, checking the secondary power supply is in working condition as well as keeping up to date maintenance records.

Regular maintenance would be carried out by a qualified technician, normally from the company that initially installed the alarm to ensure the system is working fully. They would check the sounders are working correctly and that the control panel is sending the alert message to the correct external party or agency, also all test the sensors and cabling. They would make regular entries in a fire alarm log book keeping records of test dates and fire drills, service schedules and any faults or repairs that have been carried out.