Looking for efficient fire alarm testing in Edinburgh?
Ideal Electrical are a great choice for your fire alarm testing in Edinburgh. With years of experience and a commitment to safety, our team ensures that your fire alarm system functions properly and meets all legal requirements. We will document and send you the required certification you need along with a quote to bring your property up to the minimum standard required.
Why do I need to test and maintain my Fire Alarms?
Fire alarms have recently become a massive part of Scottish building requirements. Whether you are a landlord or a home owner it is still in your best interest to have these potentially lifesaving devices tested periodically.
BS 5839-6 Fire alarms
BS 5839-6 Fire alarm systems part 6 applies to alarms typically found within a domestic dwelling. Building regulations state that any rented accommodations and new builds are required to upgrade their system to a category LD2 in hallways, communal areas (lounge etc), loft and any areas that had cooking facilities (kitchens). These alarms need to be maintained periodically. Here at IES we carry the safety checks out to the highest standards and our check list involves the following.
We record and retain the recommended replacement date of the alarms as they typically require replacement 10 years from the installation date. Checking that the batteries are suitable for continued use (for example a chirping alarm means that the battery is becoming flat and will need replaced), we check that all the slots are clean and unobstructed if they are not then we will clean them, we check that the alarms are sounding from each point to check that they work individually and they are also correctly interlinked and then the one of the most important tests we turn the power off and check the alarms are operating correctly on purely the battery system the battery system is amongst the most important as this tells you if the system will function if there is power failure. Once the tests are complete, we will issue you with a certificate that should be retained and it will detail on it if there are any further actions that are required or if it is suitable for continued use.
HMO Scotland can come under two different parts of the BS 5839 regulations the first is much the same as the above it comes under the BS5839 part 6 but this time the system that is required is the category LD1. The category LD1 covers the following areas – circulation spaces (hallways and landings), communal areas (living areas), habitual areas (bedrooms), areas with cooking facilities (kitchens) and any cupboard over 3 meters squared. Every area is covered by means of a smoke detector or heat detector. The tests that are carried out are the same the LD2 system.
We record and retain the recommended replacement date of the alarms they typically require replacement 10 years from the installation date. Checking that the batteries are suitable for continued use a chirping alarm means that the battery is usually flat and will need replaced, we check that all the slots are clean and unobstructed if they are not then we will clean them, we check that the alarms are sounding from each point to check that they work individually and they are also correctly interlinked and then the one of the most important tests we turn the power off and check the alarms are operating correctly on purely the battery system the battery system is amongst the most important as this tells you if the system will function if there is power failure. Once the test is completed we will give you a certificate that can be retained and it will detail on it if there are any further actions that are required or if it is suitable for continued use.
BS 5839 part 1
This typically applies to larger properties where there are more than 10 alarms required or when there is a double upper property. The part 1 system is a fire alarm panel system which can be made up of various different zones. The same rules apply as it is an HMO it covers the following areas, Circulation spaces (hallways), communal areas (living areas), habitual areas (bedrooms), areas with cooking facilities (kitchens) and any cupboard over 3 meters squared. Every area is covered by means of a smoke detector, heat detector, internal sounder, external sounder and break glass points. When carrying out a test on this type of system we check the system is fully operational and that there are no fault codes at the panel, we then check that the break glass call points are in the correct locations and sited next to the correct escape areas, we check that all the detectors are of the correct type and covering the correct areas.
Check that the sounders are in the correct locations, we then set the system off at various points in the property testing at least one device in each zone and at least one break glass. When setting off the zones we will check at the panel that each device is activating the correct zone as it is marked up. Upon completion you will receive a certificate that will tell you exactly what is required to bring the system up to code or if it is suitable for continued use.
Why Choose Ideal for Your Edinburgh Fire Alarm Testing?
Our skilled technicians are fully trained and certified, providing you with peace of mind that your fire alarm system is in safe hands. We have a fully trained office team who can take your details and provide a quote instantly to avoid any delay in your works being booked in.
We offer a thorough inspection, testing, and maintenance of all fire alarm components, ensuring they are in optimal working condition.
Quality service shouldn’t break the bank. Our fire alarm testing services in Edinburgh are competitively priced to fit your budget. For more details on pricing please contact our office.
Compliance with Legal Requirements
Stay compliant with Edinburgh’s regulations and standards. We’ll make sure your fire alarm system meets all the necessary local codes and if there are any recommendations, we can issue you a quote outlining what is required to bring your property up to a safe standard.
Our team is available around the clock to answer any questions and provide support when you need it most, we have a full office team who can help you answer any questions you may have, in addition we have 2 electricians who are office based that can answer any technical questions you may have.
Initial Fire Alarm Inspection
Our technicians will perform a visual inspection to check for any signs of wear and tear, we will do a functional test on the entire system to make sure that all devices operate as they should, interlink as they should, lift any information from the detectors like dates of expiry which can all be noted on the test certificate for you to see. On request we can also document all detectors in the way of a photograph on the test certificate.
Fire Alarm Functionality Test
We’ll test all detectors, manual call points, sounders, and control panels to ensure everything is working correctly. If you have a domestic system installed, we will test all detectors you have in the property and ensuring that they have been installed in the correct locations.
Detailed Fire Alarm Reporting
A comprehensive report will be provided, detailing all findings and any necessary recommendations for repairs or improvements.
Ongoing Fire Alarm Maintenance
We offer regular maintenance packages to keep your fire alarm system in perfect working order, this can be discussed at the time of the call.
Our Fire Alarm Testing Process
Recent Fire Alarm Testing Reviews
We test fire alarms a lot! See some feedback below for our great customers
Annual PAT check and fire alarm test carried out. IES are always efficient and reliable.
We had EICR, PAT and Fire Alarm certificates for a rental property, and then a new fuse box installed after failing EICR. Used them a few times now and they always turn up for appointment at times given, have even allowed us to reschedule at short notice without penalty. They give clear quotes and prices up front which I like
Just had Ideal Electrical Solutions out to certify smoke alarms, really quick, friendly, certificate came through within the hour, will use again.
Have a look at some of our FAQs for fire alarm testing
We test fire alarms on a daily basis, we have you covered. See some of the most common questions we are asked.
We recommend that fire alarms be tested as follows:
In residential homes – tests at least once a month.
In commercial environments – we suggest at least weekly tests conducted by the internal team with full tests by external experts at least yearly.
Yes, contact Ideal now to arrange your fire alarm test.