BS 5839 Part 6 2019 update - What does it mean to you? (Afternoon Session)

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Unit 3 Maisies Way

South Normanton

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BS5839 Part 6 has been updated – do you know the changes?

The British Standards Institution’s recent update of the domestic fire detection and alarm system standard, specifically Part 6 of BS 5839, outlines the code of practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in domestic properties.

Do you know the changes that have come in with this revision? Many of you will be using this as your installation guide, to ensure that you fit to the government recommendations, so it is important to know about these changes.

Join us on Wednesday 5th June for the session which will commence from 1pm at the EEM offices to learn about the changes.

You are also welcome to join the EEM buffet lunch which will be served from 12pm.


AIMS OF THIS EVENT

This will be an open forum for discussion with Aico at the EEM offices about the new updates. Aico would like to develop a closer working relationship for HA/LA's to support each other.

  • To share an overview of the BS5839-6:2019

  • Share best practice on how HA/LA's are intending to implement the Part 6 updates

  • Potentially continue to meet as a group


Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any questions, please email Sophia@eem.org.uk or Paul.Cartwright@aico.co.uk


ABOUT THE UPDATES

Although Aico cannot share the full guide with you, here are some of the key points from their website about these changes:

Changes to the Grades

The first thing you may notice is that the Grades have changed. Grades B and E have both now been removed, and D and F have been further split down. Where as previously Grade D was just a mains powered alarm with a battery back-up, we now have D1 – a mains powered alarm with an integral tamper proof battery back-up and D2 – a mains powered alarm with a replaceable battery backup. Whereas F was previously a battery only alarm, we now have F1 – an alarm with a tamper proof battery power supply and F2 an alarm with a user-replaceable battery power source.

Changes to Table 1

Across the table, there have been notable changes to the grade and category of protection recommended. Changes include;

Owner occupied (new/materially altered) – Grade D2, LD2D

Rented (existing and new/materially altered) – Grade D1, LD2D

Sheltered housing (existing) – Individual dwelling: Grade D2, LD2Q. Communal areas: Grade A, L4/L5

Sheltered housing (new/materially altered) – Individual dwelling Grade D2, LD1J. Communal areas Grade A, L4/L5

HMOs (new/materially altered) – Grade 1, LD1

For more detailed information on these changes and to see the notes attached to the categories, view our full Part 6 Updates Guidance Page.

Testing and Maintenance

Although the British Standards have always provided recommendations of weekly testing, testing and maintenance now has its own table, Table 3. For domestic alarms, testing recommendation has now changed to monthly.

Additional Updates

In the additional updates, it now states that mains powered Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms may be interconnected with the fire detection system.

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