Routine User Inspections

We actively encourage all of our customers to carry out the following user inspections as recommended in the current industry standards. These checks are simple to carry out and will instil confidence that everything will work correctly in the event of a fire. Churchesfire can offer full support and advice to help you with this, and can offer routine inspections as a service if required.

Fire Fighting Equipment

Visual inspections of all fire fighting equipment must be carried out monthly and should ensure that:

  • All equipment is correctly located in its designated place.
  • All equipment is unobstructed and visible.
  • The operating instructions of all equipment are clean and legible and face outwards.
  • Equipment has not been operated and is not obviously damaged or has any missing parts.
  • The reading of any pressure gauge or indicator fitted to an extinguisher is within operational and safety limits.
  • The seals and tamper indicators of each extinguisher/equipment are not broken or missing.

Fire Alarms

Every Day

  • Visual inspection of the indicators on the fire alarm panel.

Every Week

  • A manual call point should be operated during normal working hours to confirm that a fire alarm signal is processed, alarm sounders activated and a fire alarm signal is correctly received at any Alarm Receiving Centre used (notify the ARC in advance that a test is taking place).
  • The weekly test should take place at the same time each week and occupants instructed to report any poor audibility of the alarm signal. Systems using staged alarms ‘alert’ and ‘evacuate’ should have those signals operated sequentially in the correct order.
  • Where some employees work only outside ‘normal’ hours, an additional test(s) should be carried out at least once a month to ensure familiarity with the signals
  • A different manual call point should be used every time, so that each is tested in rotation over a prolonged period.
  • The duration for the fire alarm signal should not normally exceed one minute, so that if a real fire should occur at the same time, the occupants will be warned by the prolonged signal.
  • The result of each weekly test and the identity of the manual call point used should be recorded in the system log book.