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How to Conduct Your Weekly Fire Alarm Test

Following our recent video on how to conduct your weekly fire alarm test, we thought a written guide would also be useful.

As a business, you should have a nominated ‘Responsible Person’ for the premises to ensure that a weekly test of the building’s fire alarm system is carried out under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) order 2005.
The test is to be carried out in addition to routine maintenance undertaken by a professional engineering company.

Fire Safety Log book

The Responsible Person must undertake or nominate a next suitable person to supervise the fire alarm system, and should be in a position to authorise any necessary work to the alarm system immediately to ensure it remains operational at all times.

All weekly tests should be recorded in a log book and include the following details:

  • Dates and times of alarms (genuine, practice, tests or false) together with their causes where known
  • Dates, times and types of defects and faults, what action taken, reported to whom & when
  • Dates of tests of the system (i.e. weekly, fire drill etc.)
  • Dates of servicing (routine or special)
  • Dates and times of all periods of disconnection or disablement
  • Any alterations to the system

Weekly Test 

A minimum of one Manual Call Point (MCP) should be operated to test the ability of the controlling equipment (FA Panel) to receive a signal, sound an alarm and operate any devices connected to the FA system.

The following equipment is required:

  • A call point triggering device, or in some cases an alan key or screwdriver may need to be used to unscrew the front of older call points to simulate breaking the glass.
  • Access / Enabling keys or codes to the main fire alarm panel to cancel the alarm when triggered as part of the test.
  • Fire Alarm Logbook to record the test and relevant details of the call points zone, location etc.
  • Authorisation / Access codes to go off line with the Monitoring Company so that fire and rescue services are not called.

Actions required to carry out the test are as follows:

  • Isolate Plants or Systems as necessary before initiating the fire alarm system.
  • Where buildings have multiple FA panels networked together, ensure all panels are activated and that sounders operate throughout the building.
  • Once the alarm is initiated and sounders cancelled, before the system is reset check the following:
    • Ensure that doors fitted with ‘Electromagnetic Door Security Locking Systems’ are released as the fire alarm must be activated for this function, but sounders do not need to be ringing.
    • Ensure that all doors fitted with ‘Electromagnetic Hold Open Devices’ are released and that fire doors are closed fully shut.
    • Make sure that ‘Fire Alarm Activated Do Not Enter’ signs operate where fitted to entrances of the building or building separation points.
    • Test the Deaf Pager transmitter connected to fire alarm panels using Vibrating Pagers.
  • Ensure the fire signal went back to the Monitoring Station/UCL Security Control Room for monitored systems.
  • Finally, report or repair any non-functional devices, bells, sounders, door release or locking systems immediately.

Don’t have a logbook? It is strongly recommended that you record details of weekly tests so please complete your details to receive a FREE log book. 

2 Responses to How to Conduct Your Weekly Fire Alarm Test

  1. Mwakio Mwakera June 24, 2015 at 10:16 am #

    This is exactly what is supposed to be done to save many lives

  2. Marcus Alonso May 24, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

    One should be always careful before conducting any weekly fire alarm test.