AOV & Smoke Vent compliance for Housing Associations
There are many organisations including housing associations that believe their existing fire safety contractor is able to maintain and service their smoke ventilation (or AOVs) as well as their fire alarms, emergency lighting etc.
However this is NOT necessarily the case. It’s an easy assumption to make since often the AOV system may be linked to the fire alarm but the fact is todays smoke ventilation systems are extremely complex and should ONLY be managed by specialists, trained specifically in these systems. The vast majority of fire safety contractors will simply not be correctly qualified to service and maintain your AOV. They will likely be unaware of the separate rules and regulations specific to these vital life saving systems.
Can the fire company fully support that system? Are they correctly certified to service AOVs? If they aren't then they probably won't even be able to supply the correct manufacturers parts.
Without doubt the result is that you will not be meeting the legal requirements of compliance for those systems. In doing so, you will also be jeopardising the safety of the residents of the building.
Silver Group understands this and that’s why we made the decision some time ago to fully undertake the commitment to design, install, commission & servicing of smoke ventilation and AOV systems by not only employing the right people in the right positions but also by partnering up with the leading manufactures of smoke vents, we can ensure being able to fully support any system we offer to maintain and just as importantly maintain your compliance.
If you have any SE Controls smoke vents in your buildings, only Silver Group and SE Controls themselves are able to service & maintain them. And of course yes, we are indeed able to take care of all your fire safety systems as well!
With over 16 years experience within the smoke ventilation industry, our in-house smoke ventilation consultant is here to ensure that the system is designed and specified to the correct building regulations. If your system wasn't designed to these regulations then it's likely to be a very costly mistake.
If your fire safety contractor is not a Certified Partner then they are just testing the system - Does the vent open when they press the button? This is not good enough. They must verify that the exact free space is maintained for that individual vent. The batteries must meet different criteria than that of fire alarm panel batteries.
Inevitably, some parts will wear out or as part of scheduled servicing, need replacement. But if your contractor is not a Certified Partner, then they will probably not be able to obtain the correct manufacturers parts. Do you want the risk of non-OEM sub-standard parts used?
If the system is not currently maintained, then its operational life with undoubtably be shorten, meaning extra significant expense. And yes, of course, because of the wide range of services that Silver Group provide, we can bring your costs down further by grouping them together and still maintaining full compliance.
Need to know more about compliant AOV servicing? Contact us today!