How often should a fire alarm be serviced?

once every 6 months
More specifically BS 5839 recommends that your fire alarm / alarm system should be inspected and serviced by an accredited professional at least once every 6 months. At Fireout we recommend that companies using more complex and larger scale fire alarm systems are serviced and inspected at least quarterly.

How often does a fire alarm need to be tested in a care home?

every 6 months
As well as having an L1 system in place, you will also need to make sure it is serviced at least every 6 months by a qualified fire alarm engineer, and tested weekly by a competent person.

How long does a fire alarm certificate last?

A full test of the fire alarm system should be carried out every 6 months. The test should be carried out by a competent person (Electrician or fire alarm engineer).

What do you do when a fire alarm goes off in a care home?


  1. Sound the fire alarm.
  2. Dial 999 and ask for the fire service.
  3. Locate area of fire from main indicator panel.
  4. Evacuate residents away from area of fire to a place of refuge.
  5. Attack fire if safe to do so using correct extinguisher.
  6. Close all doors after you.
  7. Check all residents and staff are accounted for.

Is it a legal requirement to test fire alarm weekly?

At a minimum, you must legally conduct six monthly inspections of your fire alarm system each year. When it comes to testing your fire alarms, the fire alarm testing frequency demanded by law is weekly.

What certificate is required if you are servicing the fire alarm system?

According to NFPA 72, qualified fire alarm service personnel must meet one or more of the following: Factory trained and certified for the specific type and brand of system serviced. Certified by a nationally recognized certification organization acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction.

How often should fire alarm be tested in HMO?

The minimum testing frequency will depend on the size and type of HMO: More often for higher risk properties e.g. ‘bedsit’ type (separately let bedrooms) and larger two and three storey HMOs – fortnightly or monthly.

What action should you take if you hear an intermittent fire alarm?

Intermittent or short burst fire alarms indicate that the fire is nearby. When you hear this alarm, you should leave the building immediately by way of the nearest exit and meet at the designated meeting place.

How long should a fire alarm test last?

A colleague seems to think it should be between 30-60 seconds. That’s unacceptable for the office. To my understanding it needs to be heard so would have thought between 3-5 seconds of sounding is sufficient.

How often should fire alarm panel batteries be replaced?

about every five years
Alarm panel batteries should be replaced about every five years. However, this amount of time can vary between different types of batteries and how often the panel switches over to its backup battery power. The system should display a warning message when the backup battery is low.