How to Test and Maintain Your Commercial Fire Alarm System

Sun, Jun 20, 2021 at 9:00AM

How to Test and Maintain Your Commercial Fire Alarm System

Commercial fire alarm systems need regular testing and maintenance in order to ensure they work properly and can protect your employees, properties and assets. Over time, electronics and other components can degrade the system’s ability to function. Dust buildup and other contaminants can cause problems with smoke detectors while improper maintenance procedures can damage fire protection equipment. Failure to maintain your fire alarm system and its components can have a grave outcome if ever there is a fire at your property.

Professional inspections and testing of your commercial fire alarm system

In order to make sure that your fire alarm system is working properly, it is advised to have a professional inspection annually or twice a year for older systems. A trained professional can assess its condition better than you can and knows how to test the system in accordance with its requirements and age.

A system that is five years or less will require less maintenance work than one that may be five to 10 years older or even more. Factors such as humidity and voltage fluctuations can also have an impact on the system.

A professional will test and calibrate smoke detectors according to their manufacturer specifications and will possess the knowledge to assess its failure modes and other requirements. All electric components and the battery will also need to be checked to make sure there are no loose wires or signs of corrosion.

Don’t cut costs and risk your life or assets

Just because something doesn’t look broken doesn’t mean it doesn’t need any attention. Your commercial fire alarm system is a very important safety requirement for your property. Being confident that it works right means less damage for you should there ever be a fire on site. You can do monthly inspections yourself if you know how to assess your equipment and system, but an annual professional inspection and maintenance is still important. Don’t try to cut costs by delaying these inspections or having untrained staff make repairs or replacements.

Legal Liability

When untrained personnel make repairs or replacements to your commercial fire alarm system, they can negate warranties that come from the manufacturer. If a fire were to break out, this would expose you to legal liability and a lot of other costs and damage that would add to your misery. Don’t take such chances and stay on top of all service and maintenance requirements needed to have an efficient and functioning fire alarm system on your commercial property.

Insurance companies and providers can help you understand what kind of property safety procedures are important for your business. At Insurance Solutions our fire insurance programs cover a broad range of fire suppression segments including fire sprinkler coverage. Talk to us on how keep your company and life free of any risks from such emergencies.

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