The Importance of a Fire Alarm Log Book
Keeping thorough records of all fire system activity such as testing and maintenance of a property’s fire-safety system has been a legal obligation for commercial premises and houses with multiple occupants in England and Wales since the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 (RRFSO) was introduced.

The RRFSO is supported by BS 5839, a code of practice published by the British Standards Institute. The code recommends that the Premises Management maintain a suitable fire system logbook. Also read the Fire Industry Association’s blog “Logbooks and Maintaining the Fire Alarm System Made Easy” to further understand the importance of this document.  So in this digital age why not record accurately all fire related events, unwanted  alarms as well as all maintenance and testing, automatically and electronically, rather than rely on someone to fill in a paper based log book.  

Drax Technology’s products allow users to connect to many of the different manufacturers’ fire alarm control panels that exist and monitor all system’s activity. Both Drax’s alarm management software, AMX and its SMaRT Web products provide historical data and the ability to generate reports from their extensive databases. This can be particularly useful whether an organisations fire system comprises dozens of control panels and thousands of sensing devices or the Premises Management is responsible for many smaller fire systems located hundreds of miles apart.

Additionally, weekly testing of service and maintenance activity can also be tagged and retrieved if needed. Other tools allow the user to classify events into groups, e.g. making the selection of unwanted alarms say, caused by “Burnt Toast”, easier to quantify and measure the success of any improvements made. Or generate a report on an individual device’s activity say, over a 12 month period, providing useful data on the reliability of the device and its suitability to the environment in which it is installed. To make things even easier the Premises Management can access this information remotely using any browser equipped mobile device such as a smart phone.

Paper log books in this digital age are a thing of the past with illegible hand writing and the risk of losing vital information. Drax Technology’s alarm management products fulfil a valuable role helping to ensure compliance with accurate record keeping for years to come.