What is this standard about?
Fire detection and alarm systems substantially reduce the risk of death or serious injury from fire and the fire fatality rate is between two and three times greater in premises where a smoke detector isn’t working or present. This standard sets out the latest recommendations for fire detection and fire alarm systems in both new and existing domestic premises in order to make them safer to live in.
Who is this standard for?
- Architects and other building professionals
- Enforcing authorities
- Others responsible for implementing fire precautions in domestic premises
NOTE: This standard is not intended for occupiers, for whom government advice is published. However, recommendations are given for simple systems that may be installed by non-specialists.
Why should you use this standard?
It gives recommendations on planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in domestic premises that are:
a) Designed to accommodate a single family
b) Houses in multiple occupation that comprise a number of self-contained units, each designed to accommodate a single family
c) Sheltered housing, including both the dwelling units and the common areas
The recommendations apply to both new and existing domestic premises and recommendations for routine attention are also given.
The systems covered range from those comprising a single self-contained smoke alarm to systems of the type described in BS 5839-1.
The recommendations in Part 6 may also be applied to the fire detection components of combined domestic fire and intruder alarm systems or fire and social alarm systems.
Note that the recommendations refer principally to fire detection and fire alarm systems installed for the purpose of life safety. However, recommendations are given for systems that are also intended to protect property.
What’s changed since the last update?
This is a full revision of the standard, with the following principal changes:
- Removal of Grade B and Grade E
- Subdivision of Grade D and Grade F into Grade D1/Grade D2 and Grade F1/Grade F2, respectively
- Revision of Table 1
- Updating of guidance to take into account the publication of BS 5839-1:2017 and other standards published since the last full revision of BS 5839-6
- New table on testing and servicing by grade
- New recommendation to prevent blocking or delaying of fire alarm signals transmitted via social alarm systems in sheltered housing to an alarm receiving centre
- Increase in the recommended standard of protection in sheltered housing flats from Category LD2 to Category LD1
- New recommendations for fire detection in supported housing
- New recommendation that communal fire alarm systems should not normally be installed in purpose-built blocks of flats
- Revised and expanded recommendations for Grade C