Because a Fire Alarm is a passive system rarely called upon to perform its function it often becomes a totally forgotten part of a buildings infrastructure. If the photocopier or the electric kettle breaks down it is obvious to all and will be fixed very quickly. If the fire alarm breaks down it can go unnoticed for weeks or months and in the event of a fire may fail to perform its function.
Because of the potentially disastrous consequences associated with failure to properly maintain a fire alarm system, IS3218 lays out clearly the responsibilities of persons controlling buildings and these are briefly outlined below.
The person having control over the premises shall ensure that work necessary to maintain the system is carried out and that records are maintained. This should be done by appointing a responsible person to supervise the system. The responsible person should have sufficient authority to ensure that the above measures are taken.
Procedures shall be laid down for dealing with alarms of fire, fault warnings or taking part or all of the system out of service. Advice in relation to these procedures may be given by the Fire Authority to any person having
control over the premises (or to the owner or occupier).
The responsible person shall ensure that users of the system are instructed in its proper use. Any occupants or members of staff who will be concerned with first aid fire-fighting shall be instructed in the correct
interpretation of the indications given and their relationship with the building layout and shall be instructed and practised in the proper actions to be taken in the event of fire.
The responsible person shall establish a liaison with those responsible for changes in or maintenance of the building fabric (including redecoration, etc.) to ensure that their work does not cause faults on, or otherwise
interfere with, the operation of the fire alarm system. If structural or occupancy changes occur or are planned, then the responsible person shall ensure that any necessary changes to the fire alarm system are considered
at an early stage.
The above is a very brief outline. Comsec will be very happy to discuss these requirements in greater detail and we provide all our service clients with detailed documentation in relation to the responsibilities of the owner and the service provider.
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