Fire Alarm Maintenance

Fire Alarm Maintenance

It is important to carry out maintenance for your fire alarms to make sure they work if a fire occurs.

Fire Alarm Servicing

Fire Alarm Servicing

We can complete fire alarm servicing to ensure the alarms ring when smoke is detected. This should be carried out regularly to prevent injuries and damage to property.

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Fire Alarm Maintenance

We have years of experience in carrying out fire alarm maintenance and we can offer the best services in the UK. Our team are experts in maintaining fre alarms and making sure they are working correctly. Since these can save your life, it is vital you get the alarms maintained regularly. To speak to our tea about fire alarm maintenance, please complete the enquiry form presented on this page. A team member will get back to you as soon as possible with all the information you need.

Your fire alarm system has been installed to protect you and your building. Everyone depends on this system functioning properly in the event of a fire, acting as an early warning system and enabling safe and timely evacuation. You have a legal obligation to ensure that this detection system is in good working order and adheres to current regulatory standards.

Security Systems Services will make servicing your fire alarm panel an effortless legal obligation for you. Our trained nationwide engineers will carry out your servicing in accordance with BS5839-1:2013 and offer you a cost effective way to ensure your sounders will activate if needed, giving you peace of mind.

We can provide you with routine bi-annual alarm testing & servicing and offer an emergency 24-hour response call-out service.

Fire Detection Alarm Servicing

Having a fire detection and alarm system in place is of no use if it is not in full working order and regularly maintained in accordance with BS5839. That’s why the qualified team at Security Systems are on hand to provide effective and regular fire alarm maintenance to all our customers.

Ensuring your fire alarm system is maintained regularly is the best way to ensure that safety is maintained across the premises and compliance with current fire safety legislation. Our expert technicians carry out regular contracted or one-off testing, inspection and repairs to all types of fire detection and alarm systems.

Fire alarm maintenance is a legal requirement, and Security Systems provide a 24-hour callout service for our customers to make sure that your system is fixed in the event of a failure.

For more information about our fire alarm maintenance contracts or one-off services, contact the team at Security Systems today.

Fire Alarm Testing Near Me

Security Systems Service and Maintenance Contract is a cost effective way of managing your maintenance visits on your fire alarm system, and gives you peace of mind that your equipment will work when it is needed most - in the event of a fire. 

What can you get from our fire alarm testing services?

  • Support from our 24 hour customer service centre
  • Availability of our engineers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Routine Inspections (in accordance with British Standards)
  • Minor adjustments during inspection (in accordance with British Standards)
  • 12 monthly warranty for additional fitted equipment
  • Engineer call out charges (except when system has been damaged by users or call out is due to customer mis-operation)
  • 4 hour response to all emergency call outs subject to contract
  • False Alarm Management and advice against the latest standards

Fire Alarm Servicing

We can ofer a number of things when it comes to fire alarm servicing, including:

Peace of Mind

You depend on your fire detection and alarm systems to provide the earliest possible warning of a fire for your staff and visitors. It has been installed to protect life, as well as property and will, when required, be expected to operate correctly in an emergency.  So it makes sense that your fire alarm system is kept in optimum condition, with 24 hour emergency cover that you can always count on if it is needed.

Save Money

Regular servicing will also ensure the maximum component life and result in lower system downtime. You will also save money by avoiding non-contracted hourly rates.

Compliance

With British Standards, Fire Legislation and your insurance company requirements.

Minimise False Alarms

Reduce the risk of false alarms, which can save money and business disruption, as well as protecting your response levels from the emergency service, who may not attend your premises if you have a high number of false alarms

Fast response

Security Systems operates a nationwide network of over 100 fire alarm service engineers, providing maintenance and emergency repairs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Effective response

Minimum disruption and hassle with a wide range of spares on board so that we can fix your system on the first visit

Highly-trained experienced engineers

We are commited to supporting our engineers with the highest standards of training throughout their career

Quality of Service

All works are carried out in strict accordance with the relevant British Standards and to LPCB ISO 9001:2000 quality management systems.

Flexibility

Our Fire Engineers are trained to service a wide range of systems regardless of the manufacturer or original installer, so even if you have a mixed environment of fire alarms across your property estate, you only need one maintenance company

Smoke Alarm Advice

Every year the Fire and Rescue Service is called to over 600,000 fires which result in over 800 deaths and over 17,000 injuries.

About 50,000 (140 a day) of these are in local home or near by and kill nearly 500 and injure over 11,000, many which could have been prevented if people had an early warning and were able to get out in time. In fact you are twice as likely to die in a house fire that has no smoke alarm than a house that does.

Buying a smoke alarm could help save your home and surrounding areas, and the lives of you and your family.

What are smoke alarms?

Smoke alarms are self-contained devices that incorporate a means of detecting a fire (smoke detector) and giving a warning (alarm), usually a very loud beeping sound. They are about the size of a hand and are normally fitted to the ceiling. They can detect fires in their early stages and give you those precious minutes to enable you and your family to leave your house in safety.

What type of smoke alarms are available?

There are mainly four types of smoke alarm currently on the market – ionisation, optical (also described as photo electronic), heat and combined.

Ionisation: These are the cheapest and cost very little to purchase. They are very sensitive to small particles of smoke produced by fast flaming fires, such as paper and wood, and will detect this type of fire before the smoke gets too thick. They are marginally less sensitive to slow burning and smouldering fires which give off larger quantities of smoke before flaming occurs. They can also be too over-sensitive near kitchens.

Optical: These are more expensive but more effective at detecting larger particles of smoke produced by slow-burning fires, such as smouldering foam-filled upholstery and overheated PVC wiring. They are marginally less sensitive to fast flaming fires. Optical alarms can be installed near (not in) kitchens, as they are less likely than ionisation alarms to go off when toast is burned.

Heat Alarms: They detect the increase in temperature from a fire and are insensitive to smoke. They can therefore be installed in kitchens. They only cover a relatively small area of a room, so potentially several heat alarms need to be installed in a large kitchen.

Combined Optical Smoke and Heat Alarms: Combinations of optical and heat alarms in one unit to reduce false alarms while increasing the speed of detection. The photo above shows a combination optical smoke and heat alarm, a technology also called Thermoptek sensor technology.

Combined Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms: Alarms that combine both smoke detection and CO alarm protection in one ceiling-mounted unit. This reduces costs and takes up less of your living space.

Each type looks similar and is powered either by a battery, or mains electricity (or a combination of both, with the battery being the backup for the mains power, which could be interrupted). Some are interlinked so that any smoke detected in one room can raise the alarm at all others. This interlink can be achieved at the least costs with radio-interlinked smoke alarms.

Most smoke alarms near me now have hush buttons, for use where false alarms can be a nuisance e.g. when cooking. The alarm lets you know it’s been silenced by “chirping” or by displaying a red light – while a real fire producing lots of smoke will set it off anyway. Another helpful technology is the ‘Sleep-Easy Function’ which allows you to silence the alarm if a low battery beep starts in the middle of the night.

In a standard smoke alarm, the battery will need to be replaced every 12 months. You can buy alarms fitted with sealed 10 year batteries. The advantage is that you don’t have to replace the battery every year.

Mains-powered alarms have to be installed in all new buildings and after a major refurb. Make sure that the chosen mains powered alarm has a battery back-up. These can be alkaline batteries (need annual changing) or the alarm can be supplied with re-chargeable lithium batteries, which will last the lifetime of the alarm. Mains alarms need to be installed by a qualified electrician.

Some people find their alarms are frequently set off when they are cooking or when the toast burns. An alarm installed inside the kitchen must be a heat alarm rather than a smoke alarm. Just outside a kitchen (eg in hall or dining room) an optical smoke alarm or, even better, a combined smoke and heat alarm should be installed, as these are less sensitive to false alarm.

Alarms can also come with an escape light. When the alarm sounds, the light comes on. The light can help you see your way out, and it is good for alerting people whose hearing is not perfect.

In addition, for people who are hard of hearing or deaf, there are smoke alarm systems for the deaf. When the alarm goes off, a pad below the pillow vibrates (if you are asleep), and a strobe light flashes – alerting you or waking you up instantly.

Which smoke alarm should I choose?

The general rule is quite easy

Kitchen and Garage: Heat Alarms
Landings: Ionisation smoke alarms or combined optical smoke and heat alarms
Bedrooms, living rooms and hallway: Optical smoke alarms or combined optical smoke and heat alarms.

We recommend that you buy your smoke alarms from our team. Always buy an alarm which has been certified to the British or European Standard.

How many should I fit in my home?

The number of smoke alarms to fit in your home depends on your particular circumstances. Fires can start anywhere, so the more that are fitted, the higher the level of protection.

For maximum protection an alarm should be fitted in every room (except bathrooms) You should choose the type most suited to the risk in each room. For minimum protection the number to be fitted will depend on the type of home you live in:

If your home is on one floor, one smoke alarm, preferably of the optical type, may be enough to provide you with early warning of a fire.

If your home near me has more than one floor, at least one alarm should be fitted on each level. In this case a combination of optical and ionisation alarms, preferably interconnected, will give the best protection.

Do not fit an alarm in the bathroom, as steam may trigger the alarm.

Where do I fit my smoke alarms?

Smoke alarms are usually screwed onto the ceilings and surrounding areas, although specialist sticky pads can be used, and should be fitted as close to the centre of the room as possible, but at least 30 centimetres (12 inches) away from any wall or light fitting. You should always make sure that your alarm is fitted in a place where it can be heard throughout your home – particularly when you are asleep.

If your home is on one level, you should fit the alarm in the hallway between the living and sleeping areas. If you have only one smoke alarm and two floors, put it where you can hear it when you are asleep – on the ceiling at the top of the stairs leading to the bedrooms.

If you have a TV or other large electrical appliance in your bedroom, you should fit a smoke alarm there.

Looking after your smoke alarm

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions – smoke alarms need very little maintenance. A few minutes of your time during the year will ensure that your alarm is working and could help save your life and the lives of your family and those closest to you. You should:

  • Test your smoke alarm when the clocks are changed and vacuum it gently using the soft brush attachment to remove dust from the sensors
  • Once a year change the battery (unless it’s a ten-year alarm)
  • After 10 years it’s best to get a whole new alarm.

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