The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order introduces significant change. As well as simplifying current legislation, it introduces the need for employers, building owners and occupiers to have a greater understanding of fire safety and nominate a “responsible person” to ensure compliance.
Section 13-1a Fire-fighting and fire detection requires that:
(a) The premises are, to the extent that it is appropriate, equipped with appropriate fire-fighting equipment and with fire detectors and alarms. The Government guides going to a little more detail recommending that the Fire Alarm & Detection systems should comply with BS5839.
As a basic guide, all but the simplest, small, single storey, open plan premises with minimal risks, require some form of electronic fire alarm and detection system..
All British Fire Consortium member companies who design, Install, Commission & maintain fire alarm systems agree to adhere to BS5839-1 (for Commercial Building) and BS5839-6 (for Dwellings).
And at our company audits must prove competency within the fields of work they undertake.
British Standard 5839 sets out very clear guidance on every aspect of a fire alarm and detection system and is normally split into four distinct categories, Design, Installation, Commissioning and maintenance.