Fire Alarms FAQs
There is plenty to understand when it comes to fire alarms, and while you might not be expected to know absolutely everything, we’ve got the answers to some of the more commonly asked questions to help you keep on top of maintaining your system.
What is British Standard 5839?
British Standard 5839 – or BS-5839 is a code of practice in regards to the way fire detection and fire alarm systems are designed, installed and maintained in non-domestic premises. The code is produced by the British Standards Institute and is part of English law.
How long do the back-up batteries last for the Fire Alarm panel?
You can expect to get around 4 to 5 years of charge before needing to replace the batteries in a fire alarm panel, depending on the location and ambient temperature of the system.
What sort of organisation or business needs a fire alarm service contract?
There are no exceptions. All businesses, organisations and companies require a fire alarm service contract where a fire alarm is present.
Why do I need a minimum of 2 visits per year?
Two scheduled visits per year is the minimum standard set out by the BS-5839 to test a fire alarm system in full.
Contact Scutum London now to arrange a free site visit from one of our experienced advisors. We’ll assess your existing fire safety arrangements and quote for any new fire alarm systems or fire alarm maintenance as required.
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About Scutum London
Scutum London is a leading expert in fire safety and security solutions for businesses and organisations located across South East England, including London and Surrey.
From fire alarms, fire extinguishers and fire risk assessments to access control, CCTV and intruder alarm systems – and a lot more besides – we offer a comprehensive range of products and services designed to keep you, your business and your staff and visitors safe.
With decades of industry experience to call on, we’re proud to hold accreditations from leading trade associations and bodies such as British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE), the British Fire Consortium, the Fire Industry Association (FIA) and Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB).
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