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Fire Detection and Alarm Systems

Under UK fire safety legislation, the responsible person has a duty to ensure that, where  necessary, premises are equipped with fire detectors and alarms.

Selecting the appropriate level of fire detection and warning system will normally be determined by the categories of systems given in the British Standard BS 5839–1: 2002.

In some buildings with special fire safety requirements, some form of automatic fire detection (AFD) will be required.

The type of detector must be appropriate for the particular environment in which it is to operate.

Those responsible for using the system must undertake routine monitoring and testing to ensure the system will operate as designed in an emergency.

Those responsible for designing, installing, using and maintaining the system have a duty to ensure false alarms are minimised.

Appropriate documentation and records relating to the fire detection and alarm system must be retained on the premises.

If you require assistance with fire safety please contact Walker Health & Safety Services 0845 834 0400