FIRE SYSTEM GUIDANCE
Contact Security's 10 point
guide to Fire System Design
- Understand the requirements of the Regulatory Reform Order
- Learn more about the types of fire design categories
- Remain compliant with fire safety legislation
WHERE TO START?
"The introduction of the Regulatory Reform (fire and security) Order 2005 brought about legal and ethical changes to who has responsibility. Our guide is aimed to help business owners understand fire alarms and the common steps they can take to remain compliant."
LEGAL AND ETHICAL CHANGES
Risk assessment and regulatory reform order 2005
Previously health and safety inspectors would be responsible for the assessment, implementation and ongoing review of fire precautions for all non-domestic properties. Fire certificates are no longer issued and RRO specifies that risk assessments must be recorded and carried out regularly. BS 5839-6:2013 is a large part of compliance to RRO, it is the code of practise for the design, installation and maintenance of fire detection and alarm systems.
These risk assessments must take into consideration:
- Storage of items to reduce or ideally eliminate any ignition sources
- Escape routes and assembly points must comply with building codes and be suitable for the staff, use of the buildings, and possible members of the public
- Correct amount of fire extinguishers, emergency exits and signs
Visual Alarms and Visual Indicators
Due to noisy work environments, hearing difficulties and ear defenders there are now requirements regarding visual alarms. The standard is unclear and does not show where or when these alarms are required, however through correctly assessing the premises you will be given a good idea of where they are needed.
The location of these visual alarms must comply with the regulations provided within the Equality Act 2010 formerly the Disabled Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) they are more likely needed in accessible areas.
LEGAL AND ETHICAL CHANGES
Electronic Door Control
If a fire does occur your system must provide a straightforward and easily accessible escape route. The standard has been revised in the RRO to look at the effectivity of electronic doors and access control systems making sure there is a grading process for all fire doors and that they will open or unlock in the event of an emergency. Specifications for both how electronic doors are used and the spacing of detectors when using electronic doors have been cleared up within this part of the act.
Combining your fire protection with your security systems allows you to reduce overheads, improve system control with fewer false alarms and added value.KEY BENEFITS TO INTEGRATION
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