Why Should You Test Your Fire Alarm Regularly?
Fires are responsible for a lot of damage caused to homes and businesses and often can leave a business bankrupt. Obviously, as big as the financial cost can be as a result of fires, it can also cost people’s lives. Fire alarms are therefore very important. It is interesting that many businesses and home-owners do not realise why it is important to regularly test the fire alarm system. To help encourage you to pay more attention to your fire alarm system, we will briefly look at some of the biggest benefits of regular fire alarm testing.
To Check It Works Properly And Is Not Damaged
The most obvious benefit for testing a fire alarm regularly is to ensure that it is working properly and is not compromised or damaged in any way. Dust, dirt, water and other liquids and human interference can affect a fire alarm’s ability to function appropriately. After all, you don’t want the first time you’re aware of any problems with your fire alarm to be during a fire.
Legal And Insurance Requirements
Particularly for businesses but also for home-owners, another benefit of regularly testing your fire alarm is that it fulfils legal and insurance requirements. Depending on the area where you live or where your business is located, there will be some legal regulations regarding the regular testing and assessing of fire alarm systems. Your insurance policy may also be invalid if you do not keep your fire alarm well maintained and test it on a regular basis.
Prevents Unnecessary Legal Action, Property Damage And Personal Injury
In the event of a fire, if there are no records to prove you had been assessing and testing your fire alarm regularly and the fire caused damages and possibly even injured people, you would be held responsible and could face fines, losing your business or employment and possibly even jail time. By having it checked regularly and repaired or replaced when need be, it not only protects you and anyone else on the premises physically, but also protects you on a legal level too.
Serves As Good Practice For The Real Thing
Last, but by no means least, another important benefit of testing your fire alarm regularly is that it serves as a great practice run for how you, your staff, customers or those who live with you should handle the event of a fire. Although you may not be able to pinpoint exactly what will happen and where the fire will occur, having a well-thought out and well-practiced plan of action can not only protect your property from damage, but can help save lives and limit the injuries of those involved.