The British Standards Institute (BSI) has now issued the updated standard for fire detection and alarm systems.
Specification Online announced the revised publication of BS 5839-6:2019, which sets the standard for both alarm systems and fire detection present in buildings. The document details the correct practice in terms of design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of detectors and alarms systems within domestic premises.
The recently launched revision states about 80% of injuries and deaths put down to fire take place on domestic premises. This percentage reflects 9,000 injuries and 300 fatalities per annum. The document adds that systems of fire detection and alarm show evidence of greatly decreasing the risk of serious injury and death. This is supported by statistics showing fatalities from fire are up to three times likelier where no smoke detection device is present than in premises adequately equipped. This revision also lists the latest recommendations for alarms and detection systems in both new and pre-existing properties, making them safer for habitation.
Major revisions to the standard comprise statistics and recommendations being regraded, a brand-new table for servicing by alarm system grade, and enhanced protection for supported and sheltered housing. This will include new guidance to make certain fire alarm signal transmissions are fully functional in premises devoted to social care and those allocated to provide shelter.
The new standard also offers a new recommendation that communal alarm systems should not be fitted in purpose-built apartment blocks. The BSI states this guidance is aimed at engineers and architects along with installers, enforcing authorities and those responsible for implementing fire warning systems.