It’s understandable, things get in the way…
…But would you expect a fixed, solid wall to stop you from carrying out your weekly fire alarm test?
Check out what Scott found at another site earlier this week! – See image below
Another unfortunately common sighting of a building alteration not taking into account the life safety system.
On Scott’s travels earlier this week, whilst surveying a potential client’s site, he stumbled upon yet another poorly designed building alteration that is unfortunately all too common…
A fire alarm call point built into the wall.
The break glass still shows, so in the event of a fire, you would still be able to press the break glass which should set the alarm off.
But the only way of knowing if it’ll work is to (yup, you guessed it) test it.
And it needs to be tested weekly.
But, the wall surrounding it makes testing the call point not possible.
If this wasn’t a component of a life safety system, the word I would use to describe this design would be ‘laughable’!
But the function of the call point is to manually sound the fire alarm, providing a warning for all building occupants to evacuate.
So, the point to consider is:
If something doesn’t look right, question it.
And if your maintenance provider dismisses your concerns without an explanation, get a second opinion.
After all, it is you who is responsible if something were to go wrong.
If you would like one of our experts to pop down to your site(s) for a second opinion, feel free to get in touch.
The team are always happy to help with this sort of stuff – It’s what keeps Paul F. up at night!
Have a great rest of your week and weekend!
Stay Safe & Compliant!
P.S. Most of the people, that receive my emails already know and understand the importance of fire alarm works being carried out properly, so if you know of anyone who doesn’t and might benefit from being informed about this, feel free to send them my way, I’ll send them the emails too.
P.P.S. Here’s a short video on how to carry out your weekly fire alarm test: