As the owner of a business property, you have a fire-alarm system that is one of the most pertinent pieces of protective equipment you have on the premises. While having a fire-alarm system in place is always a good thing, too many business owners fail to adequately maintain their system through the years, and this can easily lead to discrepancies and problems with overall operation. To ensure your fire-alarm system is as functional through the years as it was the day it was installed, there is a guideline of maintenance tasks which should be followed.
Check any batteries and electrical connections.
Walk through the entirety of your fire-alarm system and check each and every battery for power. In addition, you should take the time to check electrical connections by examining any wiring leading to the fire monitors, smoke detectors, and other parts of the system. If you spot anything loose, damaged, or otherwise in disarray, it is a good idea to contact a fire-alarm service technician to make any necessary repairs.
Perform a fire-alarm system test.
On occasion, it is a good idea to test your fire-alarm system to ensure it is working properly. Testing your fire alarm can be done in conjunction with training employees on what to do in case of a fire emergency, but if not, make sure to alert everyone in the building that system tests are being performed. Likewise, you should alert local emergency personnel that you will be conducting fire-alarm tests so you don't trigger a false response to your place of business. While you have someone monitoring various parts of the system, such as the control panel, flashers, and sound alarm, go ahead and trip the alarm to ensure everything reacts as it should.
Thoroughly clean every component of your fire-alarm system.
The presence of dust, dirt, and debris can be a major factor in how various points of your fire alarm react in a true emergency. For example, dust on smoke sensors can delay them so they will not sense smoke as quickly as they should, and this could lead to more damage to the building and a bigger threat to all inside, and even an emergency alarm speaker can be muffled if it is covered in dust and dirt. Make sure you perform regular cleaning on all components of the system to eliminate such issues with a delayed response.
Contact a fire-alarm company such as Fyr Fyter Inc for more ideas.