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This part of BS 5839 provides recommendations for the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in and around buildings, other than domestic premises. It does not recommend whether or not a fire detection and fire alarm system should be installed in any given premises. Recommendations for the fire detection and fire alarm systems in domestic premises are given in BS 5839-6.


Who is this standard for?

  Anyone involved in the commissioning, installation, design and planning of fire alarm and detection systems will find this standard useful, including: 

  • Head of Fire Engineering
  • Commercial Manager
  • Fire Consultant
  • Fire Officer
  • Fire & Safety Officer
  • Managing Consultant
  • Principal Fire Surveyor
  • Senior H&S Manager
  • Fire Safety Advisor


Why should you use this standard?

BS 5839-1 is referred to in both volumes of Approved Document B and thus underpins the recommendations given in those documents, essential for life safety.


What’s changed?

The revised standard takes into account the changes to other major fire safety standards including BS EN 54 series of standards for fire detection and fire alarm systems and BS 9999 for fire safety in commercial buildings. These changes will also reduce confusion in the marketplace around how to implement the recommendations given in BS 5839-1. 

The revised standard will also provide additional guidance for:

  • The use of multi-sensor detectors
  • The use of voice alarm systems
  • Employees working at night time so they can recognise the alarms
  • New technology for fire detectors
  • Fire detection and fire alarm system inspections


Related Products :

PD 6531:2018 Queries and interpretations on BS 5839-1

BSi BS 5839-1:2017 Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems for Buildings

SKU: BS5839-12017
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  • Standard Number BS 5839-1:2017
    Title Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings. Code of practice for design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of systems in non-domestic premises
    Status Current
    Publication Date 31 August 2017
    Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard) BS 7273 (all parts), BS 7629-1:2015, BS 9999:2017, BS EN 54-26:2015, BS EN 60702-2:2002, BS EN 54-10:2002, BS EN 60702-1:2002, BS EN 54-20:2006, BS 8591:2014, BS EN 54-25:2008, BS EN 54-5:2017, BS EN 54-23:2010, BS 5839-8:2013, BS EN ISO 13943:2010, BS ISO 7240-8:2014, BS 7671:2008+A3:2015, BS EN 54-12:2015, BS EN 60079-17:2014, BS EN 54-31:2014+A1:2016, BS EN 54-2:1997+A1:2006, BS EN 54-30:2015, BS EN 50200:2015, BS EN 54-4:1998, BS EN 60079-14:2014, BS EN 54-7:2001, BS 5839-9:2011, BS EN 54-29:2015, BS 7846:2015, BS ISO 7240-15:2014, BS EN 54-3:2014, BS 4678-4:1982, BS EN 54-11:2001, BS EN 54-21:2006, BS EN 61386 (all parts), BS 476 (relevant parts), BS 8434-2
    Informative References(Provided for Information) BS EN 54-13:2017, BS EN 12845:2015, BS 5979:2007, BS 6266:2011, BS EN 50136-1:2012, PD 7974-4:2003, BS EN 61672-1:2013, BS 7974:2001, BS EN ISO 9000:2015, PD 6669:2017, BS 5839-6:2013, Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, Construction Products Regulations 2013, Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, BS EN 62305 (all parts), Building Regulations 2010 (England and Wales), Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010, TS 50398, Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004, Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006, Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996, Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012, The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
    Replaces BS 5839-1:2013
    Amended By Corrigendum, March 2018
    Descriptors Alarm systems, Fire alarms, Smoke detectors, Fire safety in buildings, Means of escape from fire in buildings, Maintenance, Fire safety, Commissioning, Fire detectors, Buildings, Installation, Design, Planning
    ICS 13.220.20
    Committee FSH/12/1
    ISBN 978 0 539 00071 9
    Publisher BSI
    Format A4
    Delivery Yes
    Pages 184
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