Fire Alarm and Detection System Installation & Maintenance

The Electricity at Work Regulations state that all electrical systems and equipment used in the working environment should be in a safe condition.

The choice of fire alarm system depends on the building structure, the purpose and use of the building and current legislation. In new or altered buildings the enforcement body is the local building control, and the relevant guidance is explained in section new or altered buildings. All existing buildings except domestic premises are subject to The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the Responsible Person, as defined in the order, has to conduct a fire risk assessment (FRA). This FRA will decide the appropriate British standard necessary to provide a suitable and sufficient solution for the premises. The enforcement body is the Fire and Rescue Service and the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLC) have published a number of guidance documents for premises subject to the RR(FS)O. This is particularly important since none of the legislation gives any detailed information on the type of system required but the guidance usually indicates appropriate British standards.

The main standards for fire alarm systems are:

i.      BS 5839-1:2017

Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings

Part 1: Code of practice for design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of systems in non-domestic premises

ii.      BS 5839-6:2019

Part 6: Code of practice for design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in domestic premises

As an NICEIC Approved Contractor, Fish Electrical Services are required to work in accordance with the current British Standards and issue the appropriate certification.

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