Fire Detection Systems

The choice of fire detection system is dependent not only on the building structure, but the purpose and use of the building as well as current legislation.

Fire DetectionIn new or altered buildings the enforcement body is the local building control authority. All existing buildings, except domestic premises, are subject to The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The Responsible Person, as defined in the order, has to conduct a fire risk assessment. This FRA will decide the appropriate British standard necessary to provide a suitable and sufficient solution for the premises.

The enforcement body is the Fire and Rescue Service and the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLC) have published a number of guidance documents for premises subject to the RR(FS)O. This is particularly important since none of the legislation gives any detailed information on the type of system required but the guidance usually indicates appropriate British Standards.