Fire Alarm and Detection Systems


  • Inspect all control panels to ensure there are no faults


  • Test a manual call point to test that the alarm is sounded and to check that any alarm monitoring station receives the correct signal. A different manual call point should be used each week.
  • Check fuel levels and fluid levels of standby generators.
  • Check for adequate supply of printer ink and paper.


  • If an emergency generator is used as the standby power supply for fire alarm and detection systems it should be tested under load for one hour.
  • If vented batteries are used as a standby power supply for fire alarm and detection systems the batteries, electrolyte level and connections should be visually inspected.

Six Monthly

  • Check logbook to ensure all previous faults have been rectified. 
  • Inspect entire system to ensure that any building structure changes that have taken place do not impair the system in any way and to check if additional devices are required.
  • Check all batteries (except those in radio controlled devices) to ensure they are in date, in good condition and electrolyte levels and specific gravity are correct. Then carry out a load test to ensure they are not likely to fail before the next service visit.
  • At least one device on each circuit should be tested to ensure the correct operation of the system. 
  • All functions, indications and controls should be checked for correct operation.
  • All fault indications and circuits should be tested by simulating faults where possible.
  • All printers should be checked for operation and to ensure that all text is legible.
  • All remote fire and fault signal monitoring should be checked to ensure the correct signals are received.


  • Every device should be inspected to ensure it is in good condition and not covered in paint, dirt, dust or been damaged in any way. Cables and fixings should be checked for damage.
  • Every device shall be functionally tested by operating the device. The devices must be tested to ensure they respond to the phenomena they are designed to detect – e.g. heat detectors respond to heat, smoke detectors respond to smoke etc. Simulated tests are allowed e.g. optical filters for beam detectors, synthetic smoke detector spray etc.
  • All devices that determine analogue values must be checked to ensure they are within the manufacturer’s parameters.
  • All alarm devices should be checked for operation and any visual devices should be checked that they are clean and not obstructed.
  • All remote indicators should be checked.
  • All permanently illuminated unmonitored filament lamps should be changed.
  • Radio signal strengths should be checked to ensure they are adequate.
  • The cause and effect programme should be confirmed as being correct.
  • Standby power supplies should be checked for correct capacity.