Fire Alarm Testing
Your first warning of fire will often come from an alarm, so check that each device is
working correctly, that it is placed in an appropriate position and audible. If you have a set schedule for fire alarm testing, it is less likely to be neglected or forgotten. Include the alarms
and all related equipment in the procedure. Everything should be working correctly and in line with the current safety regulations. An appointed individual could be assigned this role and part of their responsibility would be following how regulations change in relation to your workplace. This is especially useful in small to medium sized businesses which are currently going through a period of expansion, or planning for future growth.
Smaller facets of workplace safety should be included in your plans and checked accordingly. This includes keeping an accident book to record injuries caused by fire, and first aid training that encompasses care for people with fire related injuries.
You are obliged by law to perform regular fire safety risk assessments and to ensure that set protocols are in place for if a fire occurs. However, laypeople are not expected to have a great deal of specialist knowledge or to carry out a detailed examination of each regulatory standard.
The law which governs these procedures is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
, which specifically requires that a means of warning is installed in any workplace; this may be a klaxon, a conventional fire alarm or a whistle, depending on how your site is organised. Furthermore, these alarms must not be inhibited by any work taking place on your premises and they should be tested regularly, although the order does not indicate an exact period of time between tests.