Management, use and maintenance of fire alarm and detection systems

Fire alarm and detection systems can become an integral component within a property’s fire protection strategy. Despite this, when FPA fire risk assessors visit properties they regularly find systems that are poorly managed and/or maintained. Situations such as this can leave people and assets at risk, can invalidate insurance policies and in many cases fall foul of the law.

The FPA would always recommend appropriate training, from a recognised provider for relevant key members of staff.

System management

In any premises subject to the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 or equivalent legislation, a responsible person or duty holder must carry out a fire risk assessment that considers the safety in case of fire of all ‘relevant persons’. A relevant person is any person who is or may be lawfully on the premises or any person in the immediate vicinity who is at risk from a fire on the premises.


BS 5839-1 provides the current guidelines for a servicing and maintenance regime of automatic fire detection and alarm systems.

Further guidance

The FPA publish an 87 page handbook on fire alarm and detection systems, which is available free to download as a PDF for FPA members or otherwise to purchase via our website . The FPA also provide two and five-day training courses covering similar subjects at our headquarters in Moreton in Marsh. For more information on the above, please contact technical(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)