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Domestic Fire Alarm Systems (BS5839-6)

BS5839-6 is a code of practice that is the key reference standard for the installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in domestic premises.

Fire detection and alarm systems substantially reduce the risk of death or serious injury from a fire. BS5839-6 sets out the latest recommendations for fire detection and fire alarm systems in both new and existing domestic properties in order to make them safer.

All professionals should follow the grade system that is laid out in the standard. Each grade outlines the level of protection appropriate for certain properties and their corresponding levels of risk. All systems, other than Grade A, should be tested at least every month.

What is BS5839-6?

Originally created in 1995 BS5839-6 has established itself as the key reference documentation and standard for defining fire alarm requirements in residential properties. Offering framework for both life and property protection the British Standard it is the code of practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in domestic premises.

The latest version of the document was released in 2019.

What changes were made in 2019?

One of the largest changes to the standard relates to the revised grading for fire detection systems. Grades B & E have been removed from the standard & Grade D & F have been split to offer clearer definition of the detection requirements. Grade C has also been revised with expanded recommendations.

The structure of the categories have also been re-defined along with new recommendations for supported housing & communal area systems in blocks of flats in particular.

If you wish to purchase the full updated standard this can be done on the BSI website, by clicking here.

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