Maintaining a fire alarm system is crucial for ensuring the safety of your facility and its occupants in the event of a fire. As a building owner or facilities manager, it is important to understand the proper steps necessary for maintaining your fire alarm system to make sure it is in good working condition.
Know Your System
A key first step in maintaining a fire alarm system is to simply know what type of system you have. Different types of fire alarm systems have different maintenance requirements, so it is vital to understand the specific needs of your system. It can also be helpful to have this information in the event of a system error or other instance that requires knowledge of the control panel and workings of the system. You can typically find this information in the manufacturer’s manual or by contacting the company that installed the system. Many fire protection companies also offer free training on your system. Take advantage of this offering if possible.
Receive Proper Training
Once you know what type of system you have, it is essential to get trained in proper use by your fire protection company. Ideally, this training should be based on The National Fire Protection Agency’s NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code and include information on how to properly test the system, troubleshoot any issues, and make necessary repairs. It is also important to understand how to handle the system’s components to avoid accidental damage safely.
Keep It Clean
A regular cleaning schedule is an important aspect of fire alarm system maintenance, and a requirement per local and state fire codes. Dust, debris, and other contaminants can accumulate on the system’s components which can cause malfunctions. A regular cleaning schedule will ensure the system is functioning correctly. Follow your system manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning. Work with a fire protection company, like Fire Systems, Inc., that will keep track of your required professional cleanings and testing for you so you don’t forget this critical step to fire alarm system maintenance.
What Not To Do
Knowing what not to do when maintaining your fire alarm system is just as essential as knowing what to do. Only attempt repairs or modifications to the system if you are properly trained and qualified. Reach out to your fire protection company for help. The facility is in charge of making sure that only qualified individuals carry out fire alarm system inspections, testing, and maintenance. Never use harsh chemicals or abrasives on the system’s components, as this can cause damage.
Perform Visual Inspections
In addition to regular cleaning, visual inspections should also be performed on a regular basis. These inspections should be done at least once a year and include checking for damage or wear and tear on the system’s components, such as wiring, sensors, and alarms. Add visual inspection checks to other building maintenance checklists or assign an individual to conduct this simple yet important check.
Keep Up Maintenance
Regular fire alarm system maintenance is essential to to keep your system working properly in the event of a fire. By understanding the specific needs of your system, getting trained in proper use, implementing a cleaning schedule, and performing regular visual inspections, you can help ensure the safety of building occupants.
Let Fire Systems Inc. Help
Atlanta-based Fire Systems, Inc.’s highly trained technicians are prepared to perform all aspects of your fire alarm systems maintenance. From installation to inspection, maintenance, and beyond, let Fire Systems, Inc. help with your fire protection needs. Visit our website or give us a call today at 770-333-7979.