The specifics of how you maintain a system is dependent on a number of factors; what type of system it is, what building type has it been installed on, is it being used for ventilation as well as smoke control etc. However, there are some basic actions building owners or operators can take to ensure their smoke control system will always perform as expected.
Firstly, a service and maintenance contract should be taken out as soon as a system is installed. Competent maintenance providers will always look at the system holistically, checking every component, from the control panel to the ventilators, in the context of its role within the wider system and its dependency on other elements. They will also completely test the system for assurance, including checking that any back up power systems are active.
On an operational level, the smoke system checks should form part of the building maintenance plan, including checking the status of any monitoring systems for fault alerts and visually assessing components for any obvious damage. Any issues should be immediately reported to the overall maintenance service provider.
Be sure of your system
Maintaining a smoke safety system is vital to contributing towards a safe building. However, perhaps because the system is so rarely used, or just simply because of a lack of understanding around smoke control in the industry, this can be overlooked. By taking out a proactive service plan and working regular checks into the general building maintenance checklist, it is straightforward to ensure that any system will be ready to perform, should it be needed.