Generally speaking, businesses, public buildings and HMOs all require fire alarm systems and emergency lighting. The exact regulations and practices differ slightly depending on the nature of the property, however, these systems need to be inspected tested and serviced on a regular basis.
Emergency Lighting Testing
Regular testing is required on a ‘daily’ and programmed basis. For example, if you own a Sutton HMO, each time you visit, you (or your staff) should check the LEDs on all emergency lights are illuminated. During programmed maintenance, the test button of each luminaire should be pressed to make sure the light is working correctly. There also needs to be a full annual test.
That’s where we come in – your annual full emergency lighting test needs to be carried out by a competent professional. This test needs to run for 3 hours and the lights must be recharged afterwards. It is therefore best that the full test is carried out when the premises are empty, otherwise, you will need to supply alternative lighting until the emergency lights are fully recharged.
We install and test emergency lighting systems in HMOs, businesses and public buildings throughout Sutton (and the rest of South London of course!). So give us a call on 0208 406 9834 and we can give you a full run-down on what is needed before arranging an appointment to carry out testing. Our technicians are fully trained and keep abreast of changes and additions to BS5266-8.
Fire Alarms and Fire Alarm Testing for Sutton
It is equally as important that your fire alarm system is maintained and tested on a regular basis. Fire alarm regulations only require that your system is ‘adequately maintained‘ as they put it. The first aspect of this is weekly testing. This is effectively a spot check on your system and can be used to flag up any faults. This can be carried out on a rolling programme, you don’t need to test every call point in every zone each week.
BS5839 recommends that at least twice a year, the system should be inspected by a competent person. Government guidance strongly recommends following that standard. On larger premises, it is probably more appropriate to have a proper inspection 3 or 4 times per year – there is a much greater chance of something going wrong with bigger systems.
The main reason for checking your fire alert system is obviously to save lives and property, however, it is also to prevent false alarms. The latter can be disruptive to your Sutton business, public building or HMO. It also will help the Sutton fire brigade, a large number of call-outs are false alarms which incurs un-necessary expense and wastes brigade time. It can also mean that they are short of staff to send to any genuine fire at the same time as your false alarm.
Best Fire Alarm and Emergency Lighting Systems Testing, Sutton
Naturally, we believe that you have already found the best … South London Electricians! Why? Our company philosophy is to provide our customers with the perfect solution to their needs. Fire alarm panels, their back-up batteries and all accessible cable joints will be checked for damage, contamination, functionality and capacity as appropriate, zone by zone. Manual call points, bells and sounders will be operated and assessed to ensure that they provide sufficient sound levels in all areas. Auxilliary devices will be checked and so on … in other words, we won’t miss a thing.
So get off your computer, pick up your phone and call us on 0208 406 9834 to find out more.
We cover all of south London but here is a list of the key areas we cover in Sutton:
Carshalton on the Hill
Sutton (principal town)
Sutton High Street (located within Sutton)