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Introduction of BS5839-1 2017 to Replace the 2013 Standard

At Click 24, We’re Preparing for Upcoming Installations with BS5839-1 2017

This week we have been checking the new standards for all of our up and coming installations now that BS 5839-1 2013 has been improved and replaced with BS 5839-1 2017.

The BS5839 standard provides recommendations for the planning, design, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in and around non-domestic premises.

The updated 2017 version takes into account the changes to other safety standards including the BS EN 54 series of standards for dire detection and fire alarm systems and the BS 9999 standards for fire safety in commercial buildings. These changes mean that it will reduce the confusion in the marketplace around how to implement the recommendations given in BS 5839 – 1.

The new standards recommend that all manual call points are fitted with a protective cover to reduce the chance of malicious or false activation. The fitting of covers will now no longer be regarded as a “variation” to the Code of Practice and the “variation” will now be not fitting covers.

There is also no longer a requirement to provide double pole isolation adjacent to the control equipment and power supply units, but means of safe isolation for maintenance purposes must be provided.

There is also additional guidance on the selection and application of fire detection including a new annex. Changes include; installed heights of detectors.

The revised standard now also provides additional guidance for:

  • The use of multi-sensor detectors
  • The use of voice alarm systems
  • Employees working at night time so they can recognise the alarms
  • New technology for fire detectors
  • Fire detection and fire alarm system inspections

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