If you have a premise of some type, you are responsible for suitable facilities maintenance.
On this page, we’ll discuss what you need to know, provide tips to help you manage your building and facilities better and talk about the services we can offer to help you do that.
Maintenance recommendations by item
Fire extinguisher maintenance
As a key piece of fire fighting equipment, extinguishers require maintenance of differing levels in order to ensure their effectiveness in an emergency.
Tshould be visually checked as often possible by internal staff members to ensure that they are in the correct position, untampered with, signed correctly and the pressure gauge is within tolerance. This can often be included as part of a Fire Warden role.
Once a year they should also be subject to a basic service, carried out by a trained extinguisher engineer.
Every fifth year, your extinguishers should undergo an extended service by a trained engineer.
Fire door maintenance
Fire doors should be visually inspected as often as possible by internal staff to make sure there is no obvious damage to the door, frames, seals. It’s also useful to make sure that the door remains closed and isn’t tied or wedged open.
Fire door inspections by a trained engineer should be periodically carried out. For some businesses this will mean 6 months and others 12, depending on the frequency of use and door type.
Fire blanket maintenance
Similarly to fire extinguishers, fire blankets should again be checked as often as possible by staff to make sure they are in the correct place and in and in correct working order. This duty may be delegated to a Fire Warden.
Annually, your fire blankets should be inspected/serviced by a trained engineer who will professionally assess the effectiveness of the item.
Fire alarm maintenance
Your fire alarm is a one of the key components of your fire strategy. If maintained and used correctly, it will provide your staff and visitors will invaluable warning of a suspected fire.
Different types of fire alarms will be used in different sites, depending on the size and use of the building. However, fire alarm maintenance is very important and should always be carried out.
Staff should carry out a fire alarm test every week and record the findings, paying particular attention to faults and connected systems which didn’t operate as planned. This task can be included in the role of a Fire Warden.
British Standards BS 5839 recommends that fire alarms are serviced at least every 6 months. It goes further to say sites with large alarm systems or several systems should employ quarterly services.