Requirements for Smoke Detection Testing
What Needs to be Tested?
Based on the recommendations within BS 5839 Part 1 for the testing of a fire detection and fire alarm system, all fire detection and alarm devices should be functionally tested annually. Further to this, a sample of fire detection devices should be tested periodically (typically every six months) as part of the CIE response requirements and prescribed detection devices should be tested after modification of the system.
The functional testing of individual detection device types should be in accordance with the recommendations detailed in BS 5839 Part 1, Clause 45.4.
Correct Testing Method
The equipment used to conduct the fire alarm tests must be appropriate for the detector type. Where access equipment, such as poles, ladders and platforms, is used, a suitable location should be assessed first to ensure the test equipment can reach the detector easily, be positioned on or over the detector correctly, and that the equipment can be manipulated safely and effectively.
The test equipment should be activated for no longer than is necessary and the response of the detector observed.
Some detectors may respond more slowly than others and the response time should not be taken as an indication of detector performance. The response time for smoke detectors and rate-of-rise heat detectors is typically within seconds, but longer response times may be encountered when testing fixed temperature heat detectors and smoke or multi-sensor detectors, which have internal delays or other measures to help avoid false alarms.
When testing fire alarm equipment, it is important that the correct dispenser is used, that it is positioned properly and that aerosol is not over applied. It is also important to always follow the instructions given by the detector manufacturer.
Appropriate & Compliant Testing
Tools and equipment used in the service and maintenance of fire alarm systems should be designed for the task, and used by those who are properly trained and qualified to carry out the necessary tests.
Prior to conducting a functional test on a fire detector, the fire panel should be set to a ‘test’ condition and any connection/notification to the ARC temporarily disabled. The type of the detector should be determined in order that the correct equipment and procedure can be adopted.
Functional testing of fire detectors should be carried out using external stimuli to act upon the detector under test in order to demonstrate proper functioning of the detector, including its ability to sample the surrounding atmosphere successfully.
Tests should ensure that products of combustion are capable of passing unhindered from the protected area to the sensing chamber/elements of the detector, and not simply test the ability of the detector to sample/verify the status of the atmosphere already in the sensing chamber.
After the test is complete, it should be properly documented in the premises fire log book and any connection/notification to the ARC reinstated.
Point smoke detectors should be functionally tested by a method which confirms that smoke can enter the detector chamber and produce a fire alarm signal. This may be carried out with the use of apparatus that generates simulated smoke or suitable aerosols around the detector. However, the manufacturer’s guidance on suitable materials should be followed.
Introducing the Solo 365 Smoke Detector Tester
The Solo 365 is a detector testing kit that uses a proximity sensor to start and stop smoke generation. This means it is faster to test, quicker to clear and almost impossible to over apply. It has an automatic LED torch for low-light conditions and features a slimline design for easy access. It uses non-pressurised cartridges that are easy to install and compatible with a wide range of detectors.
It offers full compliance with the latest regulations and is approved by leading detector manufacturers.
- Quicker Testing
- A light and slim design and on-demand smoke generation allow testing to be carried out faster than ever.
- 15% Lighter
- Solo 365 Smoke Detector Testers are lighter than traditional aerosol dispensers, so they are easy to carry and move into position.
- Slim Design
- Solo 365’s slim profile allows easy access to hard-to-reach detectors.
- Clearing Mode
- Remaining smoke is cleared away from the detector after testing, helping to eliminate repeat alarms.
- On-Demand Smoke
- Less smoke is wasted and there is no risk of detector contamination.
- Easy Storage & Transportation
- Non-hazardous smoke cartridges allow for easier storage and transportation.
- Compatible with Existing Solo Access Poles
- Solo telescopic access poles allow detectors installed at heights of up to 9 metres to be easily reached and tested
Compatible Detector Types
The Solo 365 Smoke Detector Tester is compatible with most point smoke detectors and, with the addition of an ASD adapter, air sampling points and air sampling pipe.
Why Choose Eurofyre?
- Complete System Supplier
- Eurofyre is a complete system supplier and has been a major Solo technical wholesaler since 2007. This means we can offer expert advice and supply all aspects of fire detection including aspirating smoke detection systems, conventional and addressable fire alarm control panels, linear heat detection and testing equipment.
- Demonstration and Training
- We have a sophisticated training facility where we offer demonstrations and expert training on a range of systems, including Solo 365 Smoke Detector Testers.
- After-Sales Support
- Eurofyre prides itself on providing after-sales care and support that is second to none. We offer both on-site and telephone assistance to help you ensure that your system is fully operational and working at its best.
For more information about Solo 365 Smoke Detector Testers, or to discuss any of the other products that Eurofyre have to offer, please feel free to get in touch either by phone on +44 (0) 1329 835 024, by email to [email protected] or via the online enquiry form situated on our contact page.