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BS 5839-1:2002 provides recommendations for the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in and around buildings, other than dwellings. It does not recommend whether or not a fire alarm system should be installed in any given premises.

This British Standard covers systems that range from those comprising only one or two manual call points and sounders to complex networked systems that incorporate a large number of automatic fire detectors, manual call points and sounders, connected to numerous inter-communicating control and indicating panels and also systems that are capable of providing signals to initiate the operation of other fire protection systems and equipment (such as fire extinguishing systems, smoke control systems or automatic door release equipment) or safety measures (such as shut down of air handling systems, closing of oil or gas valves, or grounding of lifts).

BS 5839-1:2002 applies to extensions and alterations to existing systems, at least in respect of the design, installation, commissioning and certification of the new work, albeit that the extended or altered system might not, overall, comply with the recommendations of this standard.

BS 5839-1:2002 takes into account changes in technology, custom and practice and introduces some significant changes.

Contents

Foreword
Section 1. General
Section 2. Design considerations
Section 3. Limitation of false alarms
Section 4. Installation
Section 5. Commissioning and handover
Section 6. Maintenance
Section 7. Users responsibilities
Annex A (informative) Choice of appropriate category of fire detection and alarm system
Annex B (informative) Typical noise levels in buildings
Annex C (normative) Control and transmission equipment for tactile alarm devices provided for people with impaired hearing systems
Annex D (normative) Method for calculating standby battery capacity
Annex E (informative) Schematic for design against false alarms
Annex F (informative) Model format for system log book
Annex G (informative) Model certificates
Bibliography

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