Fire and Safety Equipment – When to Test and Inspect?

Fire and Safety Equipment Routine Checks

In every business, there is a person responsible for looking after the fire and safety equipment, or at least there should be.  What is never so clear is when each part should be tested, as few seem to put a regular test an inspection routine in place for the equipment installed on their site.

It is important to note that this should be carried out in conjunction with a maintenance agreement as certain aspects of fire safety equipment cannot normally be tested, serviced, or maintained by end users. They also need certificating to ensure compliance requirements are met fully and properly.

AFSS Ltd have put together a basic list of fire safety equipment items which should be checked, or inspected, daily, weekly, monthly, and then periodically.

We also advise colour coding each section, so that you can place the regime in your diary, and refer to it easily – e.g. blue fire safety equipment review, green, red, and so on – as a final point, monthly inspection, for example also includes the weekly and daily tests.

Fire and Safety Equipment Checklist

Fire and safety checks | AFSS Ltd

Fire and Safety Equipment and Why it needs Testing

The short answer is that whenever any of your fire safety equipment is likely to be needed, it will be in a potentially life threatening situation, and therefore, every reasonable chance that it will work as intended must be achieved.  This can only be done through a regime of regular testing and inspection. It gives you as an employer or responsible person, the tools you need to show you’ve done all you could to comply with fire safety legislation, and that you have fulfilled your obligation to keep your staff as safe as possible while at work.

Many of the fire safety equipment items on the list can easily be done by a member of staff with the right basic training to do so correctly, and can be recorded easily in a log book for the purpose.

Some of the items should be carried out by a competent person – normally someone from a fire company, such as AFSS Ltd who can show they have the required competence to test, maintain, advise and inspect to a level meeting the requirements of legislation, the British Standards, and who can reasonably be expected to know how the fire safety equipment should work properly.

At AFSS Ltd, we are experts in fire safety equipment, with the required competences in all of our staff.  We can help with every part of your fire and safety equipment testing on the table above, from weekly testing if required, all the way down the list to Electrical inspection and integrity testing.

Many of the items in the table are integrated into a maintenance contract or support agreement which will provide the service needed, as well as providing other benefits, such as help and advice, a response when equipment fails, and a reliable partner who can share the risks of compliance with you.

We would be delighted to help you in the same ways we do with every other fire and safety equipment customer. Call us today on 08453 884711, or use our easy contact page for more information.


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