BS 5839-6 Fire alarm standard for domestic buildings and HMO’s
Fire detectors and alarm systems considerably reduce the danger of fatality or severe injury from fire the chances of surviving a fire is in between 2 and three times better than in properties where a smoke detector isn’t functioning or present. BS 5839-6 lays out the current requirements for fire detection as well as alarm systems in both new and existing domestic premises in order to make them more safe places to live.
Who is this standard for?
– Architects / Designers
– Local authorities
– Others in charge of overseeing fire precautions in domestic properties.
KEEP IN MIND: This standard is not intended for home-dwellers, for whom separate guidelines are published. Nevertheless, there are ideas for simple systems that may be set up by non-specialists.
Why should you utilise this standard?
It guides you on planning, design, installation, commissioning, maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in domestic premises (similar to the standard for commercial buildings) that are:.
1) Developed to accommodate a single family unit.
2) HMO’s that are made up of a number of self-contained units, each developed to accommodate a solitary household.
3) Sheltered housing, including both the house units and the common areas such as lobbies, stairs etc.
The regulations apply to both brand-new as well as existing residential premises.
The systems covered range from those comprising a solitary smoke detector to systems of the type described in BS 5839-1 e.g. with a control panel and separate sounders.
All HMO’s (student dwellings etc) require a fire alarm to BS5839 Pt 6, which particular grade however is dependent upon your circumstances. However, we can help you identify your required grade.