April 26 2024 0Comment

Preventative Maintenance Agreements: A Small Business Perspective

Article by Ted Scholl – Fire Safety Systems Specialist

As a former small business owner, I’ve learned that the true value of preventative maintenance for life safety and fire alarm systems cannot be overstated. It’s not just about compliance or meeting industry standards; it’s about the peace of mind that comes from knowing your environment is safeguarded against unforeseen events.

When running a small business, expecting the unexpected becomes second nature, but when the unexpected results in unforeseen expenses and disruptions in business, the results can be devastating.

Making the investment in a comprehensive preventative maintenance program is a proactive step toward ensuring the safety of employees, customers, and assets. Regular inspections and maintenance can identify potential issues before they escalate into costly emergencies, saving both money and lives in the long run.

Investing in such a program is a testament to a business’s commitment to safety and responsibility. It reflects a foresight that prioritizes well-being over cost-cutting, and it’s a practice I wholeheartedly recommend to current business owners for the longevity and resilience of their operations. Let’s not wait for a wake-up call to appreciate the importance of regular maintenance of our life safety systems.

Common maintenance Tasks that should be Regularly Performed

Visual Inspections – Regularly scrutinize for any visible signs of damage or obstruction that could impair the system’s functionality.

Cleaning – Dust and debris can accumulate in smoke detectors and other components, affecting sensitivity and operation. Periodic cleaning is essential.

Battery Replacement – Backup batteries should be replaced regularly to ensure the system remains operational during power outages.

Testing and Calibration – Systems should be tested and recalibrated to ensure they are sensitive and responsive to actual fire conditions.

Component Replacement– Faulty components, such as sensors or alarms, should be replaced promptly to maintain system integrity.

Record-Keeping– Maintain detailed records of inspections, tests, and maintenance activities for accountability and compliance purposes.

Remember, while some tasks can be performed in-house, others may require professional services to ensure they are done correctly and safely. It’s always best to consult with a licensed fire safety professional to establish a comprehensive maintenance schedule tailored to your specific system and facility needs.

Dale Grant