What are common preventative maintenance schedules and checklists for fire alarms and smoke detectors?

Preventative Maintenance

Common preventive maintenance for fire alarms and smoke detectors is minimal and revolves around regular testing to ensure proper function. Any problems occurring within the first five years are typically indicative of improper installation. Humidity and corrosion can cause problems with this equipment as well as changes in voltage and temperature.

smoke alarm maintenance infographic

Fire Prevention

One of the most costly and devastating events for a company or organization is a fire. According to Fireward, more than 22,000 non-dwelling building fires occurred over the course of two years. About 3,700 of those occurred because an alarm failed to sound.

Scheduling regular tests of fire alarms and smoke detectors can help ensure that your fire prevention systems are ready when needed. Conducting preventive maintenance tasks can also help make sure your alarms are in good working order.

4 Step Testing Procedure

Each organization must establish its fire alarm and smoke detection testing schedule to comply with external regulations or internal procedures. However, here are a few tips:

1. Schedule tests.

Schedule tests of smoke detectors and fire alarms at least once a month.

2. Clean alarms.

Alarms should be cleaned at least quarterly to prevent dirt and dust build-up.

3. Follow up.

Ensure that fire departments are properly receiving notifications when fire alarms sound.

4. Double Check.

Work with a professional to ensure sensors and wiring are all functioning correctly once a year.

Tip: Enter your smoke and fire detection equipment into a CMMS so you can schedule regular tests and inspections.

A Small Investment for a Big Return

As you conduct regular tests of your smoke detectors and fire alarms, you probably will not encounter major issues. It’s easy to get complacent about regular testing when things seem always in good working order. Rely on your CMMS to remind you that it’s time to test or clean your system. This small investment in preventive maintenance can save you from major losses that a fire can cause down the road.

Sample Preventive Maintenance Checklist

Here's an example of a preventive maintenance checklist for smoke detectors:

preventive maintenance checklist

More top checklists:

Want to keep reading?

Good choice. Here are some similar articles!

IIot Security: Know the Risks, Take Preventive Measures

The connectivity that allows IIoT to deliver amazing amounts of data also gives potential access of data and control of critical devices to hackers.

Preventative Maintenance
View Article

What is DFMEA: How To Use Design FMEA to Keep Business Safe

Design failure mode and effects analysis (DFMEA) is a process tool that helps companies locate and repair design failures.

Preventative Maintenance
View Article

What is level of repair analysis (LORA)?

Without getting too technical, level of repair analysis, or LORA, is a process used to determine when and where an asset should be repaired.

Preventative Maintenance
View Article
GET STARTED

Sign up for a personalized tour today.

Information is 100% secure.
UpKeep logo

Sign up for newsletter!

Our newsletter full of inspiration, podcasts, trends & news.

UpKeep logo

Sign up for newsletter!

Our newsletter full of inspiration, podcasts, trends & news.

UpKeep icon
This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience. Privacy Policy