Fire Alarm Standards and Compliance

Argus work strictly following the British standards. The current standard for Fire Alarm Systems in the UK is BS5839:2013, which has recently replaced BS5839:2002. There are two main reasons for having a Fire Alarm installed, Life Protection and Property protection.

Life systems are categorised as (L) type systems except of manual systems which are (M) type.

Property systems are classified as (P) type systems. These are designed to protect buildings and stock.

Life systems can be designed for both commercial and residential use. The British Standard has different requirements for each of these. Commercial systems must comply to BS5839:2013 Part 1, and Residential to Part 6 of the standard, the biggest difference between these standards are the sound level requirements, although this is not the only difference.

There are different types of certification for Fire Alarm companies to achieve. In January 2015 Argus achieved BAFE Approval for the maintenance of fire detection systems. In September 2015 Argus completed the process and gained full BAFE approval for system design, and installation to Part 1of the standards. Argus are not as of yet approved to Part 6, however, this is something we will be looking into further, in 2017.

Fire Alarm Maintenance and Monitoring

Since the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order in 2005, it has become a mandatory requirement that all Fire Alarm systems are serviced at least twice a year, with one hundred percent of the system being checked over the 12 month period.

All Fire Alarms must be supported with a minimum 24-hour standby life in the event of a power failure, and have sufficient battery capacity to run the Sounders for 30 minutes after this time. For systems that are off site monitored further changes have now been implemented. The latest revision to the fire alarm standards is BS5839:2013, this has enforced further requirements for off-site controlled systems. All Communicators and associated power supplies for off-site monitoring must now be EN54 compliant. This now omits the use of Intruder Alarm assisted monitoring on new systems. If Intruder Alarm assisted, monitoring is used a variation form must be completed and signed by the customer, agreeing to the none conformity.

Most Monitored Fire Alarm Systems can be set up with brigade response, although not all authorities will guarantee to attend an activation unless a fire has been confirmed.

Types of Fire Systems and Detection

Fire detection systems are there to protect life and or property, but in most circumstances lives. For this reason, it is crucial that the company you choose are fire systems competent. When it come to protecting peoples lives, you need to take more than a companies word, that they have the knowledge and ability to design and install a compliant system, and provide me competent service, you need assurance.

In the fire industry the only way to prove competence is to be a member of an approved industry organisation, they will annually inspect the company to ensure that they comply with and adhere to the current legislation. Some companies may claim competence, but if they are not annually inspected, this cannot be proved.

Argus are BAFE SP203-1 approved for the Design, Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance of fire detection systems, not only this but we are also a member of the National Security Inspectorate (NSI), and approved to there fire gold standard, providing you with total peace of mind.

For more information call us today on 0345 2600093.