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A Guide To Fire Alarm Maintenance & Testing In Your Business

Posted on June 18, 2018

You need to make sure your fire alarm system works in order to protect your business and ensure the safety of your employees in case of fire. Effective protection requires regular maintenance and servicing of your system to ensure it is fully functioning at all times. This guide outlines how to test and maintain your fire alarm so that your employees are protected.


Fire Alarm Maintenance & Testing Is Your Legal Requirement


In commercial buildings, it is a legal requirement to test fire alarms. You must comply with the law to avoid fines or imprisonment. The government sets out its fire alarm testing expectations in Fire Alarm Testing: Regulations & Requirements BS5839-1.

This legislation states that you are responsible for fire safety in your business or other non-domestic premises if you are an employer, owner, landlord, occupier, or anyone else with control of the premises.

You are known as the ‘responsible person’ and must risk assess the premises, tell staff of risks, maintain safety measures, plan for an emergency, provide staff with information and training, and keep a logbook up to date with tests and faults.


Weekly Fire Alarm Test


As the responsible person, you must also carry out a weekly fire alarm test or nominate the next suitable person to do so. This weekly test is required by the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 and ensures there are no major faults in the fire alarm system, aims to rectify these faults, and familiarises occupants with the sound of the warning signal.

It is recommended to carry out the test at a set time and day every week during work hours so that your employees are aware of the test. You should test a different manual call point each week and rotate so that all are tested. This will ensure the control panel and alarm sounders are operating efficiently.

Trigger the call point but do not sound the alarm for more than one minute so employees can distinguish between the test and the real alarm. Ensure all automatic locking systems and electromagnetic fire doors release and close properly before making sure the system resets correctly. Finally, enter the date and time of the test along with faults in the logbook.


Monthly Tests


You also need to carry out a few monthly tests to make sure your alarm system is working sufficiently. If your alarm system uses an automatically started generator, check that this is working properly. Likewise, check any vented batteries if they are used by your alarm as standby power.


Professional Inspection & Servicing


Further to the weekly and monthly tests that you must carry out, your fire alarm system must also undergo professional maintenance at least every 6 months to keep your system compliant with BS 5839 regulations.

This service must be undertaken by a ‘competent person’ – a professional fire alarm testing company or organisation, such as AEL, that is certified and accredited by BAFE.

They will test your fire alarms for more serious or hidden faults to ensure they are working effectively. They will inspect:

  • Logbook and false alarm records
  • Changes to the building and system
  • Manual call points and alarms
  • The visual display on fire alarm panel
  • Control panel functions
  • Devices connected to the system
  • Accessibility of call points
  • Batteries and vented batteries
  • ARC (alarm receiving centre)
  • Fault indicators and circuits


They will report their findings in a log book and issue you with a servicing certificate. The period to the next visit is based on a risk assessment and will depend on the type of system, size of the building, the age of the system, amongst other factors.


Fire Can Devastate Property, Business, And Lives


Follow this guide to ensure your fire alarm system works to the correct standard:

  1. Comply with governmental regulations BS5839-1
  2. Conduct a weekly fire alarm test to check the alarm system is operating without fault
  3. You must also conduct monthly checks to the alarm’s generator and/or batteries
  4. Every 6 months, have your alarms serviced by an accredited fire alarm testing company such as AEL to make sure your fire alarms are fully functional and compliant.


Fire can devastate property, business, and lives. These guidelines will ensure you have adequate fire protection in place and uphold safety at all times.

For further advice on maintaining or testing your fire alarms, or for any questions regarding fire alarm installation, design, and commission, get in touch with AEL today to make sure your business and employees are protected.

Beginner’s Guide to Fixed Wire Testing

Posted on November 24, 2017

What Is Fixed Wire Testing?


Fixed wire testing, also known as an Electrical Installation Condition Report, is a procedure that tests the electrical installations and systems in a building to determine their condition and ensure they are safe, compliant with current regulations, and fit for purpose.

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, fixed wire testing is a legal requirement for all premises, including domestic, commercial, and industrial. As part of this act, it is your legal responsibility to ensure your electrical installations are in a safe condition and do not compromise the health and safety of your employees, or you risk injury, expensive fines, and invalid insurance.


What Does A Fixed Wire Test Involve?


A fixed wire test involves testing and inspecting all electrical installations and systems. A fixed wire test should be carried out by a qualified NICEIC accredited electrician. The electrician will test each electrical circuit, including lighting fittings, plug socket outlets, switches, air conditioning, distribution boards, and any other fixed wire system to determine the current condition of the installation.

The results of the test will be recorded as part of an Electrical Installation Condition Report. The report will detail specifics of the installation including the extent of the inspection, the inspection schedule, and test results. The report will assess limitations of the electrical system, identify any defects, and highlight any dangerous conditions. It will then outline any urgent repairs and faults that need to be rectified, and offer recommendations for remedial actions and advice on what needs fixed going forward to improve the standard of the systems.

A numbering system is used to indicate the severity of the condition found in the report. C1 indicates danger and risk of injury and, as a result, needs immediate attention. C2 indicates that faults pose potential danger and need urgent attention. C3 indicates that improvement is recommended. FI signals that further investigation is required.

The test needs to be carried out with minimum disruption and hence may be performed outside normal working hours as circuits will need to be disconnected and power will be lost at various intervals. The length of the test will depend on the size of the building and number of circuits.


How Often Should A Fixed Wire Test Be Carried Out?


It is essential that a fixed wire test is carried out periodically as your electricals deteriorate over time due to damage, wear and tear, corrosion, excessive use, and ageing. Hence, regular testing is essential to ensure systems are well maintained and to make sure issues don’t go undetected, worsen, and become dangerous.

Legislation requires that you keep your electrical system safe, so if you don’t carry out regular testing and inspection, you could put tenants at risk and face prosecution. A fixed wire test must be carried out every 1-5 years in compliance with health and safety regulations to avoid the risk of death and injury.

To decipher when you next need a fixed wire test, you should have been informed at your last test when you next test is due. If you are still unsure, you should have a record when your last test was carried out, and the time of the next test will depend on the type of electrical installation, type of use, which equipment is used, and levels of maintenance.


Fixed Wire Testing at AEL


Fixed wire testing by AEL will ensure that your electrical system is fit for purpose. AEL are approved NICEIC contractors and will carry out a full inspection and test, offer on-site repairs, and work to your greatest convenience.

Get in touch for further information about fixed wire testing, such as whether your test is due, or get a quote now to book your fixed wire test and ensure your electrical installations are fully safe and compliant.

8 Reasons Why You Need LED Lighting in Your Workplace

Posted on May 16, 2017

Offices and workplaces have been slower to make the switch to LED lighting, as many still use T5 technology due to its cheaper cost. However, LEDs are getting more and more efficient and popular. This article highlights the reasons why you too should make the jump to LED lighting in your office to improve productivity, health, wellbeing, safety, energy-usage, ergonomics, and cut business costs.

1. LED Lighting is Energy Saving

LED stands for light-emitting diode and are an incredibly energy efficient source of lighting. An LED light can last 50,000 times longer than a traditional halogen light. 95% of the energy in LEDs is converted to light and only 5% is wasted as heat. LEDs are also free from toxic elements found in other lights and are recyclable. They have a longer lifespan so have lower carbon emissions and fewer lights are needed so energy consumption is reduced.


2. LED Lighting Saves Your Business Money

Switching from normal light bulbs to LED lights not only saves energy, but saves your business money. The longer life of bulbs saves money for your business as less is spent replacing them. Switching to LEDs can save your company up to 80% and keep your bills low. Lighting also improves productivity, health, and employee well being, therefore boosting your business whilst keeping operating costs low.


3. LED Lighting Improves Safety

Emergency signs use LED lighting to highlight the nearest exit in emergencies as they are clear, bright and long-lasting. High-quality LED lighting allows workers to see hazards. Office space, stairwells, and exits are all well lit for an easy and safe emergency exit.


4. LED Lighting Benefits Health

Health is a big consideration for workplace lighting as poor lighting can cause health issues such as headaches, discomfort, eye strain, dizziness, and tiredness. Bruskin Goldring Research found that 85% of workers suffered from headaches as a result of poor lighting in the workplace. Kensington Technology Group listed eyestrain as a leading cause of stress in the workplace, and stress can lead to major health issues like anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma and arthritis.

The Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health found that light influences human vitality, energy, mood, alertness and work performance. LED lighting can have a positive impact on employees and boost physical, physiological, and psychological health and well-being, which enhances performance and reduces absenteeism.


5. LED Lighting Enhances Productivity

With better health comes better productivity. Productivity is an important factor when choosing the right office lighting, and there is a direct correlation between light levels and performance in the workplace. Poor lighting and lack of brightness can reduce productivity and motivation. Bruskin Goldring Research found that workers believed that improved lighting in the workplace could improve mood, increase energy levels, and enhance productivity. Cornell University found that 24% of office workers claimed poor lighting as a cause of loss of work.

This study also found, however, that LED lighting can increase productivity by 3% – 5% throughout the day. LED lighting can regulate the body clock, boost mental performance, and make employees more alert and energetic. The EU’s Lighting for People project has proven that sufficient lighting in the workplace, such as LEDs, increases productivity, and the higher quality lighting, the better productivity.


6. LED Lighting Optimises Ergonomics

Ergonomics focuses on fitting the worker to the job, not the job to the worker, and aims to find the best way to get the most from the worker and increase efficiency. Lighting is consistently rated as a workplace concern by workers as lighting can either enhance an employee’s job or limit them, and impacts mood, comfort, and performance.

Lighting which causes reflections in screens, glares, and shadows are examples of bad workplace design and negative ergonomics, but LED lighting combats this by creating different environments for workers which makes the space more comfortable for them. LED lighting can be tailored to the worker’s needs and preferences to help them work to the best of their ability and ensure optimum performance.


7. LED Lighting Enables More Worker Control

LED lighting allows different people to use different levels of lighting. It is flexible to worker’s requirements and can be adapted to each employee’s needs. With LED lighting, workers can alter the controls themselves at their desks, so each worker is more productive and happier at work, using the lighting suits them.

The rise of controls has come hand in hand with the rise of LEDs. We are working in new and different ways and mobile working and hot-desking are growing in popularity with many working in different spots throughout the day. Task lighting is becoming more important to give people easy control over their own lighting and work more comfortably and productively throughout the day.


8. LED Lighting Promotes Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility is a corporation’s initiatives to take responsibility for the company’s effects of environmental and social well-being. To resolve corporate environmental issues, LED lighting reduces energy and carbon dioxide emissions and is environmentally friendly.

In relation to social responsibility, LED lighting improves employee health, safety, productivity, and ergonomics. One study found that 68% of all office workers were concerned about lighting, and Kensington Technology Group state that office workers consistently rated poor lighting as the first or second work environment concern. LED lighting can ease employee concerns about lighting as improves health, well-being, performance and comfort in the workplace.

It is clear that LED lighting will benefit your workplace and business in many ways. From saving energy, cutting costs, improving safety, and improving health, to enhancing productivity, optimising ergonomics, enabling worker control, and promoting corporate social responsibility, you need LED lighting in your workplace – it’s a win-win for employees and employers alike.

Get in contact with our team to see how we can improve the energy efficiency of your company.

Electricians Required

Posted on June 22, 2016

Analogue Electrics Ltd (AEL) require qualified and talented electrician(s) to join our experienced team. The ideal candidates will receive a range of company benefits and will work on various local and national projects.

If you feel you’re suitable for this role then please apply now.

At present we have numerous active projects within Doncaster and National projects.

For more information please contact Angela between Monday – Friday, 9:00am & 5:00pm on 01302 746295 or email us by entering your details below.

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Electricians Required

Posted on August 4, 2015

Analogue Electrics Ltd (AEL) require qualified and talented electrician(s) to join our experienced team. The ideal candidates will receive a range of company benefits and will work on various local and national projects.

If you feel your suitable for this role then please apply now.

At present we have numerous active projects within Doncaster and National projects.

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Introducing Infinite LED Lighting

Posted on April 9, 2014

There is a revolution in lighting. LED technology has been used in for many years in electronics, and has only recently become a practical replacement for existing commercial and domestic light fittings.

Contact AEL here to get your LED lighting installed. (more…)

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