Fire Alarm Standard Updated
Vulcan Fire Training Co Ltd
Fire Alarms, Fire Risk Assessments, fire safety training
A recent update to fire detection and fire alarm standards has recently been introduced and here we outline the key amendments.
BS 5839-1:2013, which has replaced BS 5839-1:2002+A2:2008, should be adopted for new or upgraded fire detection and fire alarm systems to be installed in workplaces. The standard represents best-practice in the management and maintenance of existing systems and should be applied as soon as possible.
The guide is priced at £264 (for non BSI members), £132.00 for members, and the following amendments have been included:
The guide deals with “non-domestic premises”. A separate standard for domestic premises, BS5839-6, is due to be updated in the near future.
In light of fatal fires in care home premises, unambiguous advice that fire alarm systems for residential care homes should always be linked to remote manned centres, including new advice on automatic transmission of fire alarm signals. Clause 4 recommends accurate and unambiguous information to staff should be provided about the location of a fire.
Zone plans should match up with fire location information provided by the alarm panel including recommendations about the presentation and contents of the plan - relevant to all types of premises.
Variation of the design away from the standard are agreed and documented with appropriate notes in the system log book.
Annex F gives advice on visual alarm devices.
The width covered by optical beam detectors are corrected.
The term 'responsible person' has been removed from the standard to avoid confusion with this term in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Sub-clause 45.1 highlights that routine servicing of a fire detection and fire alarm system does not constitute a fresh review of system design, so that non-compliance with this standard might not be identified during such servicing.
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