The BSI recently updated the BS 5839 domestic fire detection and alarm system standard, specifically Part 6. Here we outline the key updates professionals should be aware of in order to ensure constant compliance when specifying, installing and maintaining fire detection systems in domestic properties.
Scotland has long since led the way with carbon monoxide and fire safety legislation in the UK. Leading by example. Scotland has implemented a change in the law for fire and smoke alarms following Grenfell.
In both England and Scotland private landlords are required by law to fit smoke alarms in their rental properties. CO regulations vary throughout the UK according to location, type of accommodation and specific appliance installed.
British Standard BS 5839-6:2013 is a set of specific recommendations for fire alarm systems for all dwellings (new build and existing properties). The standard contains detailed points on all aspects relating to the design and installation of fire alarm systems.
Across the UK there are different Fire Building Regulations which draw from different documents and require varying levels of protection.
Carbon monoxide is a silent killer: you can’t see it, smell it or taste it. This is why having carbon monoxide alarms installed throughout a property is so important, and is the only certified way to detect its presence and prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Across the UK there are different carbon monoxide Building Regulations, with England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland all drawing from different documents and requiring different levels of protection.