fire alarm certification

Fire Alarm Certification & Emergency Lighting Testing

Fire alarm certification, Smoke detector and Emergency Lighting testing is the testing of the safety critical warning systems contained within the fabric of your building. It is in the best interest of not only yourself and your employees, but also your insurance company and the general public that you have all these systems checked on an annual basis. It is also advisable that member of staff inspects the systems on a monthly basis.

Our safety critical service includes:

  • Testing and inspection of your fire, smoke and emergency lighting systems.
  • Documentation of all faults found, and provision for rectification.
  • Documentation of work presented on IEE standard reports to comply with legislative and insurance requirements.
  • Full certification of your systems.
  • Log book for monthly assessments and general information for the fire officer.

As part of this yearly testing, we carry out training as standard with designated personnel whose responsibility it is to ensure the logbook and systems are maintained.

What the standard says:

BS 5266, like most British Standards, is not a legal requirement.  However it can acquire legal status by being adopted as part of the bye-laws.  Although most enforcing authorities quote BS 5266, many modify the conditions. e.g. they may insist on a higher luminance.  In addition to this legal requirement,


All exits and emergency exits must have exit or emergency exit signs.  Where direct sight of an exit is not possible, or there could be some doubt as to the direction, then direction signs with an appropriate running man pictogram and the words exit or emergency exit are required.
The idea is to direct visitors who are unfamiliar with the building to exits.

 All of these signs must be illuminated at all reasonable times so that they are legible.

Illuminating The Route 


The minimum illuminance along the centre line of a clearly defined escape route should be 1 Lux.  The emergency lighting must reach its required illuminance 5 seconds after failure of the main lighting system.  If the occupants are familiar with the building, this time can be increased to 15 seconds at the discretion of the enforcing authority.

Exits and changes of direction - Luminaires should be located near each exit door and emergency exit door and at points where it is necessary to emphasise the position of potential hazards, such as changes of direction, staircases, changes of floor level and so on.

Fire Equipment - Fire fighting equipment and fire alarm call points along the escape route must be adequately illuminated at all reasonable times.

Door closers -  Door closers are required to aleviate the spread of fires in large corridors and specigic areas forming part of the escape route.

Large open areas - Offices, supermarkets, dining halls, churches, conference rooms, laboratories, multi-purpose rooms - these places will not have defined routes and the layout of furnishings may change from time to time.  The average horizontal luminance over the whole area on the unobstructed floor should not be less than 1 Lux.

Special areas - Emergency lighting luminaries are required in all control rooms and plant rooms.  In toilets of over 8 sq. metres gross, emergency lighting should be installed to provide a minimum of 1 Lux.

High Risk Areas - Areas containing rotating machinery, etc.  In these areas emergency lighting should be provided at 10% of the normal luminance level or 15 Lux, whichever is the greater.

Exit signs - BS 5266 specifies the use of the plain EXIT legend, however, European legislation now calls for 'running man' pictograms.  During the transitional period, up to Jan 1996, there was no requirement for the UK to change all installed exit boxes, however any additionally required exit signs within the same building must be of the same format.  After this date the running man pictogram is now mandatory, with the requirement of a global change in all buildings.