What is this standard about? The recommendations apply to both new and existing domestic premises. Recommendations for routine attention are also given. The recommendations of this part of BS may also be applied to the fire detection components of combined domestic fire and intruder alarm systems or fire and social alarm systems. It does not apply to hostels, caravans or boats other than permanently moored boats used solely as residential premises , or to the communal parts of blocks of flats or maisonettes.
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Here Ian Ballinger, Certification Manager for FireAngel, outlines the key updates professionals should be aware of in order to ensure constant compliance when specifying, installing and maintaining fire detection systems in domestic properties. Covering the implementation of fire precautions in domestic premises, including HMOs and sheltered housing, throughout both the dwelling units and common areas, the Standard is applicable to both new build and materially altered dwellings in conjunction with regional building regulations as well as existing properties.
The recommendations can be applied to the fire detection components of combined domestic fire and intruder alarm systems, or fire and social alarm systems. New recommendations have been added for fire detection in supported housing in particular, whilst revised guidance on the installation of communal fire alarm systems in purpose-built blocks of flats has also been introduced.
The Standard has also been updated to reflect the updates made to Part 1 in , which addresses non-domestic premises, combined with any other updates made to other Standards since the last full revision.
This applies to architects, building professionals, installers and enforcing authorities. Grade C has been revised and its recommendations expanded. Grade C Separate detectors and sounders that are mains powered with back-up power supply and central control equipment.
Grades B and E are no longer defined in BS Professionals should adhere to the above grades when designing, constructing and managing fire detection and fire alarm systems in domestic properties. They should also be aware of the revisions made to Table 1 of The Standard, which outlines the minimum grade and category of system that should be installed to provide protection of life in typical premises.
The updates have been made to reflect current living conditions. In conjunction with Table 1, a new table has also been created, which outlines the recommended testing and servicing by grade to prevent the blocking or delaying of fire alarm signals transmitted via social alarm systems in sheltered housing to an alarm receiving centre. Categories for fire detection and fire alarm systems as per BS : With regard to categories, the standard of protection in sheltered housing flats has been increased from Category LD2 to Category LD1, positioning it as a higher potential risk.
To meet LD1 requirements, the installation of a fire detection system is required throughout the premises - this includes all rooms and circulation areas that form part of the escape routes except toilets, bathrooms and shower rooms. The three categories for fire detection and fire alarm systems are listed below and outline where fire detection systems should be installed: LD1 Maximum Protection Escape routes, high risk rooms plus all areas where a fire might start Escape routes, high risk rooms plus all areas where a fire might start Category LD1: The highest level of protection of all occupants who might occupy the dwelling over the lifetime of the fire detection and fire alarm system.
A system installed throughout the premises, incorporating detectors in all circulation areas that form part of the escape routes from the premises, and in all rooms and areas, other than those with negligible sources of ignition, such as toilets, bathrooms and shower rooms.
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A Grade A Separate detectors, sounders and central control and indicating equipment with back-up power supply. Equipment must conform to other British Standards BS EN 54 C Grade C A system of fire detectors and alarm sounders which may be combined in the form of smoke alarms connected to a common power supply, comprising the normal mains and a standby supply, with central control equipment. D1 Grade D1 A system of one or more mains powered detectors, each with a tamper-proof standby supply consisting of a battery or batteries. D2 Grade D2 A system of one or more mains-powered detectors each with an integral standby supply consisting of a user-replaceable battery or batteries.
The standard contains detailed points on all aspects relating to the design and installation of fire alarm systems. The standard details codes of practice and recommendations to meet regulation, legislation and best practice around fire alarm systems. A focus of BS is guidance on the type of alarm to install and the areas of the property to protect. This is sectioned by the standard into levels and grades as described below.
BS 5839-6 Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings
Product Details What is this standard about? It gives recommendations for the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in domestic premises. Who is this standard for? However, recommendations are given for simple systems that may be installed by non-specialists. Why should you use this standard? It gives the latest specifications for fire detection and fire alarm systems in both new and existing domestic premises that are: Designed to accommodate a single family Houses in multiple occupation that comprise a number of self-contained units, each designed to accommodate a single family Sheltered housing, including both the dwelling units and the common areas Recommendations for routine attention are also given.