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This part of BS 5839 gives recommendations for the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in domestic premises that are:

  • Designed to accommodate a single family
  • Houses in multiple occupation comprising a number of self-contained units, each designed to accommodate a single person or family
  • Sheltered housing, including both the dwelling units and common areas
  • Supported housing

The recommendations apply to both new and existing domestic premises.

 

Who is BS 5839-6:2019+A1:2020 for?

  • Architects and other building professionals
  • Enforcing authorities
  • Installers
  • Others responsible for implementing fire precautions in domestic premises

NOTE: This standard is not intended for occupiers, for whom government advice is published. However, recommendations are given for simple systems that may be installed by non-specialists.

 

Why should you use BS 5839-6:2019+A1:2020?

This British Standard gives recommendations on the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in domestic premises that are:

a) Designed to accommodate a single family

b) Houses in multiple occupation that comprise a number of self-contained units, each designed to accommodate a single family

c) Sheltered housing, including both the dwelling units and the common areas

The recommendations apply to both new and existing domestic premises and include recommendations for routine attention.

The systems covered range from those comprising a single self-contained smoke alarm to systems of the type described in BS 5839-1.

The recommendations in BS 5839-6:2019+A1:2020 may also be applied to the fire detection components of combined domestic fire and intruder alarm systems or fire and social alarm systems.

 

What’s new about BS 5839-6:2019+A1:2020?

This is an amendment to the 2019 edition to correct errors identified since the original publication and to address an issue regarding research suggesting some children may be unable to hear fire alarm tones while asleep.

The principal changes are:

a) Commentary has been amended with new text, including a warning to householders regarding the tendency of children to sleep through fire alarm signals

b) Recommendations have been amended with new text on warning it should not be assumed that children will be woken by fire alarm tones.

c) Annex C has been corrected from Annex C to Annex B

d) Figure D.4 has been corrected

e) Figure E.1 has been corrected

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  • Standard Number BS 5839-6:2019+A1:2020
    Title Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings. Code of practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in domestic premises. Part 6: Code of practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in domestic buildings
    Status Current
    Publication Date 29 April 2019
    Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard) BS EN 54-26, BS EN 54-11, BS EN ISO 13943, BS EN 54-5, BS 7671, BS EN 54-29, BS EN 54-12, BS EN 54-10, BS EN 54-30, BS 5446-3, BS EN 54-4, BS EN 54-2, BS EN 54-7, BS EN 14604, BS 8591, BS 5446-2, BS 5839-1:2017
    Informative References(Provided for Information) Building Regulations 1991, BS EN ISO 9000, Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, BS 9991, BS EN 50291, Housing (Scotland) Act 2006, Building (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2018, Housing Act 2004, Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010, Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) 2006, BS EN 50292, Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004, Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, Building Regulations 2010, Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012, Housing (Northern Ireland) Order 1992, Housing (Scotland) Act 1987, BS EN 50131-1, Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006, BS 7273-6
    Replaces BS 5839-6:2013
    Amended By Amendment, October 2020
    Draft Superseded By 20/30417664 DC
    Descriptors Domestic facilities, Remote control systems, Alarm systems, Grades (quality), Fire safety in buildings, Maintenance, Marking, Fire detectors, Audibility, Design, Instructions for use, Hearing defects, Electric wiring systems, Buildings, Domestic, Smoke detectors, Indicator lights, Communication equipment, Fire risks, Radio links, Position, Fire safety, Risk assessment, Installation, Control equipment, Fire alarms, Frequencies
    ICS 13.220.20
    13.320
    Committee FSH/12/1
    ISBN 978 0 539 13568 8
    Publisher BSI
    Format A4
    Delivery Yes
    Pages 98
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