Commonly practiced maintenance programs
Maintenance of the fire alarm system, together with other building services, are managed by a Facilities Management Company. For larger facilities, the Facilities Managers (FM) usually has a Dedicated on-site maintenance teams handling planned and unplanned maintenance tasks.
Having a Professional maintenance team on-site enables the daily and weekly preventive maintenance tasks Listed in table 2 above to be performed more effectively.
In a scenario where the FM is obligated by such an SLA, the fire alarm system has the best chance of Getting the level of care and maintenance it deserves.
Ignorant or low safety-conscious property owners sometimes adopt the zero-based maintenance Program, where no maintenance action is undertaken until a breakdown is discovered. In this case, maintenance is totally reactive and unplanned.
This form of maintenance strategy is meant for minor non-critical assets and those assets planned for refurbishment, replacement or disposal. Unfortunately, there are cases where a critical life-safety asset like the fire alarm system is being maintained in this manner.