Fire Protection Systems Maintenance
Being the central component of any fire protection installation, the Fire Alarm System deserves the highest level of care and maintenance achievable. The prevalent trend is for property owners to outsource this technically demanding task. However, the highly competitive environment and the expectation of unrealistically low prices by property owners often prevent maintenance contractors from delivering the expected level of service. As a result, the level of care and maintenance delivered may deteriorate to an extent that compromises the integrity of the system, thereby compromising the safety of occupants and property. In view of the disturbing trend, this paper aims to re-visit some pertinent issues of Fire Alarm System maintenance management.
The Benefits of having a daily fire support crew
- You are guaranteed a dedicated service crew for the upkeep of your systems with the necessary expertise to carry out the work. The support crew is at your disposal to discuss any queries or concerns.
- You will have peace of mind that your automatic fire system will be functional and healthy 24/7.
- Costs and time on small installations relating to the fire system will be dramatically reduced as we have a team on site everyday which eliminates site establishment costs and SHE documentation delays.
- You will no longer have to wait for contractors to complete and submit inadequate service reports. Our service report will be designed to suit YOUR audit requirements and will be submitted to site on a daily basis. An in depth report will be submitted on a weekly then monthly basis.
- Fire system training for existing and new site personnel can be done on your schedule and not the contractors.
- No downtime with unions, strikes, etc.
- We undertake all the responsibilities of contracts attendance registers ( all that will be required is a signature for verification from site management).
The maintenance activities for fire alarm systems can be summed up in four steps:
Test and calibrate alarm sensors
Such as flame and smoke detectors, per manufacturer specifications. This requires knowing about the different sensors—and their testing requirements, failure modes, and re-installation requirements.
Simulate inputs and test the sirens
This requires specific knowledge of the system under test.
This requires an understanding of the particular system, the specific application, and fire detection theory.
Check the battery
for corrosion and expiration date, then, take appropriate action, if necessary.