Caring For Your Building’s Fire Alarm Equipment
It's not enough to contact a local fire alarm company and arrange for the right equipment to be installed. There is also the need to ensure that the equipment is kept in perfect condition. Fortunately, the process of maintaining the equipment properly is not as difficult as some think. Here are some basics that need to be included in the ongoing care of the alarms and associated equipment.
Central Location for All Related Documents
At first glance, creating a cache of documents related to the fire alarm equipment may not seem all that important. In fact, this will provide the foundation and structure for all of the maintenance and upkeep.
That cache should include the original warranties, copies of service agreements, and the master checklist for inspecting each element of the equipment. Example, verification and annual inspection reports.
It's not too much to maintain a set of hard copy documents and a second digital set that can be accessed from a remote location. Choosing to scan and upload the documents to a cloud location will mean that if the originals are destroyed, there is still the ability to print out a fresh set.
Maintaining a Service Contract
Most fire alarm companies offer service contracts that include regular maintenance and upkeep. Investing in a contract means that every element of the alarm system will be checked in compliance with a schedule. If there is any type of repair needed, the terms of the contract will often provide discounts for parts and labour. The peace of mind that comes with knowing the alarms are in proper working order is more than enough to justify the annual cost of the contract.
Knowing How to Spot Potential Issues
Remember that fire alarm systems are designed to last for years, but they do need attention. Take the proper steps to ensure the system is inspected regularly and that repairs are not set aside for a later date. By keeping the alarm equipment in top operating condition, it's easier to prevent the loss of lives and limit damage to the property.