Fire Update September 2015

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Fire Update
September 2015
BS 7273-4 for actuation of doors release mechanisms 


The revised BS 7273-4
applies to electrical control arrangements for actuation of mechanisms that unlock, release or open doors in the event of fire. It's essential to ensure that a building can be safely evacuated where there are fire doors held open or exit doors that need to be released by the fire alarm system. 
This is a full revision of the standard and introduces some principal changes which include: 
Simplified recommendations and terminology, with some of the commentary text tabulated and moved to new informative annexes
Revised diagrams for the siting and spacing of the smoke detectors in relation to electrically held-open fire doors
Inclusion of which category of actuation is appropriate for a particular application
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BS 9991: Fire safety in the design, management and use of residential buildings

BS 9991:2015 is due to be published this Autumn.This standard will provide guidance on dwelling houses, residential accommodation blocks, sheltered housing and extra care housing. 

Later, in 2016 the BS 9999 Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings, will also be published. The new edition will bring the technical recommendations up to date, taking into account changes in legislation and the publication of new standards, and will also address comments that have been made since its original publication in 2008.

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Improve safety of life-support systems with the new BS 8618

The new BS 8618:2015
specifies minimum performance criteria for carbon dioxide absorbent materials for use in life-support applications. It aims to ensure the quality, performance and safety of carbon dioxide absorbent materials by standardizing methods for the assessment of granular and pelleted carbon dioxide absorbent material for use in life-support applications.

BS 8618 is the first standard to enable a defined performance and quality of the carbon dioxide absorbent materials used in life-support systems. This standard will be useful for the fire and rescue services industry. 

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A sprinkler system can help save lives and reduce damages 

BS 9251 gives recommendations for the design, installation, components, water supplies and backflow protection, commissioning, maintenance and testing of fire sprinkler systems in domestic and residential occupancies. 

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BS 5839-6 for fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings

BS 5839-6 gives recommendations for the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in domestic premises.

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