A fire alarm control panel should be serviced and maintained by a competent person registered as a serviceman by SAQCC Fire. By competent we mean that the person has received training on the particular control panel that is being serviced and has technical knowledge about that panel. It is important for that person to have easy access to the manufacturer or supplier so that he may get spares, or any additional information required about the control panel. Most suppliers and manufactures will not supply any information or spares to persons who have not attended training on their products.
The servicing period of the control panel should be based on risk assessment and like the entire system, the servicing interval should not exceed six months.
Below are listed certain points to check when servicing a fire alarm control panel. Ensure that the all the occupants of the premises or remote monitoring station are aware of the testing that will be happening in order to avoid panic and possible loss of production time.
Is the circuit breaker from where the control panel is fed still identifiable and operational?
Is the isolator still there and operational?
Check the date label on the batteries to see when the batteries were installed.
Ensure there is no visible physical damage on the batteries.
Measure the voltage on each battery and record the readings.
Check that the basic operation guideline is installed next to the panel and the details of the servicing company are clearly indicated and visible.
Check that the log book is placed or installed next to the control panel and that it is regularly updated. Go through the log and take note of the entries.
Check that all indicator lights are working. Most control panels will have a facility (lamp test) on the panel that will have all the indicator lights come on.
Simulate a fire and fault condition on each zone for conventional control panels and on each loop for addressable control panels. Record in the log book which devices have been used to simulate fire and fault conditions. The fire simulation should be done when the 220 VAC is switched off to ensure that the batteries are functioning well.
Check and test the ancillary connections on the panels.
Check for any loose connections in the terminations. Care should be taken not to cause any damage when checking for loose connections.
Refer to the manufacturer's manual for additional testing and other features that may require to be checked and serviced.
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