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An Ingenious Solution for Testing Fire Safety Equipment

The sticker gun used by WFP engineers when testing fire safety equipment in action

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Last Updated on 14 June 2019.

Who doesn’t love a light bulb moment?

Here at WFP, we have these pretty frequently, but we can’t help but rave about last week’s bright idea.

It involves the testing of fire safety equipment; be it a smoke detector or break glass/manual call point.

When you’re going around a building to carry out a maintenance/service visit, you can often lose track of what you’ve tested and what you’ve yet to test.

It’s like that teeth-grinding moment when you’ve lost track counting because someone’s asked if you’d like a cup of tea.

Most fire alarm companies have a strategy in place to help them with this; ours was a colour-coded sticker strategy, whereby each year would be assigned a new colour so when we visit one of our customers for their fire alarm maintenance, for instance, we can sticker as we go and Bob’s your uncle! Keeping track couldn’t be simpler.


We’ve found a solution that’s so simple.

(We say “we” but really it’s Sarah – our newest member – who came up with the idea!)


Introducing the Sticker Gun!


Our engineer, Taylor, using the sticker gun to test smoke detectors


You’re probably only used to seeing a sticker gun in the hand of a shop assistant you’re approaching to ask where the biscuits are, but not anymore!

You’ll now see our engineers with one strapped to their utility belt, primed and ready to test your fire safety equipment during your maintenance visit.

Not only is it fast and easy to use, but you can see the date it was carried out, making it easier to keep a track of the precise time the detector, for instance, was last tested.

Plus, it makes our engineers feel a little like superheroes!


We’ll see you at your next maintenance visit. Got a question about how we carry out fire alarm maintenance? Contact us here or email and we’ll get right back to you!


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