Enhancing Fire Safety: The Weekly Ritual

Why Weekly Fire Alarm Tests Matter

Fire alarm systems are the silent guardians of our buildings, standing watch against potential disasters. But like any other system, they require regular attention and maintenance to function optimally. In this blog post, we delve into the critical importance of weekly fire alarm tests in both residential and high-end buildings.

Check out this link for more BAFE detailed regulations concerning BS 5839 For fire detection and alarm systems .

It is recommended a service by a competent provider carried out every 6 months to comply with BS 5839-1 and weekly by a designated person.

1. Compliance with Regulations

  • According to the British Standard BS 5839-6:2019, fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings should be tested weekly.
  • Regular testing ensures that your building adheres to safety regulations and standards.

2. Early Detection Saves Lives

  • A fire alarm’s primary purpose is to detect fires early, allowing occupants to evacuate swiftly.
  • Weekly tests verify that the system is operational, ensuring timely alerts in case of emergencies.

3. Reducing False Alarms

  • Regular testing helps identify faulty components or false alarms.
  • Addressing issues promptly minimizes unnecessary disruptions and false evacuations.

4. Prolonging System Life

  • Like any machinery, fire alarm systems age over time.
  • Weekly tests help catch wear and tear, allowing for timely repairs and replacements.
  • A well-maintained system lasts longer and provides reliable protection.

5. Peace of Mind for Occupants

  • Knowing that fire alarms are functional provides peace of mind to residents and visitors.
  • Regular tests reassure everyone that safety measures are in place.

How to Conduct a Weekly Fire Alarm Test

  1. Read Manufacturer’s Instructions
    • Familiarize yourself with the alarm panel and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.
  2. Inform Staff
    • Notify occupants before conducting the test.
  3. Consistent Timing
    • Perform the test at the same time every week.
    • Consistency ensures thorough checks.
  4. ARC Connection
    • If the alarm is connected to an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC), put the system on ‘test’ during the test.
  5. Manual Call Point Reset
    • Use a manual call point reset key to reset the alarm after activation.
  6. Record the Test
    • Note which zone and call point were tested.
  7. Confirm with ARC
    • Contact the ARC to confirm they received the fire signal.
  8. Address Any Issues
    • If the test reveals problems, take appropriate action.
  9. Logbook Maintenance
    • Regular service visits should be recorded in a fire alarm logbook.


Weekly fire alarm tests are not just routine; they are essential for safeguarding lives and property. By dedicating a few minutes each week to these tests, we contribute to a safer environment for everyone. Let’s make fire safety a priority and ensure our alarms are always ready to sound the alert when needed. 🔥🚨

Remember, prevention is our best defense against fire-related disasters!

Contact us if you need weekly tests carried out in your properties !

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