Fire Safety Regulations and Advice

Fire Alarm Systems : Every 6 months

Your fire alarm system should be serviced at least once every 6 months as recommended in BS 5839. Don’t forget that as well as having an inspection carried out twice a year, it’s an important requirement for you to carry out a weekly fire test too.

Emergency Lighting : Every 12 months

It is really important that emergency lights are given a full rated duration test every year. That means if the emergency lights back up should provide 3 hours of illumination (which is often the case), they need to be tested for the full 3 hours to ensure they’re still working at the end of the test.

Regular inspection and testing of emergency escape Lighting is a statutory obligation of building owners and employers under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 as well as a range of health and safety regulations applying to duty holders.

Fire Extinguishers Service : Every 12 months

You must have your fire extinguishers serviced, every 12 months – this
is what’s known as a “basic service” and needs to be done in accordance with BS 5306-6. This service is best done by a third party accredited fire extinguisher technician, with the correct tools, training and experience.

Frequent Fire Risk Assessment : Once a year

A once per year Frequent Fire Risk Assessment is best to improve safety It’s recommended that the responsible person completes a fire risk assessment at least once per year or when there has been a significant change in the environment as mentioned in Article 9, (3) of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

PAT Testing : 48 Months (recommended)

Although there are no requirements for PAT testing frequency, there are recommendations: Offices, Shops and Hotels – Class 1 equipment including stationary and IT equipment should be tested every 48 months. Moveable equipment such as extension leads and portable equipment should be tested every 24 months.