BSIA welcomes new policy to reduce false fire alarms
The British Security Industry Association has welcomed the new Chief Fire Officers
Association policy for the reduction of false fire alarms and unwanted fire signals.
BSIA Technical Director, Alex Carmichael, comments:
"The new policy, which has been put together in partnership with the BSIA, Fire Industry
Association and Telecare Services Association, heralds a fresh commitment from these
organisations to the reduction of false fire alarms and unwanted fire signals. It
advocates a holistic approach to ensuring a cultural change from the Fire & Rescue
Services, the fire industry, the wider business community and the public in the reduction
of unwanted fire signals.
"The policy, which has been put together after extensive consultation, should bring
real benefits in saving the Fire & Rescue Services the valuable time and resources
it takes to respond to false fire alarms. Our members and the other organisations
are committed with a spirit of cooperation to ensure that the new policy has a successful
outcome and achieves its goals."
The Chief Fire Officers Association policy was launched at Fire and Rescue 2008 in
Liverpool on the 27 August 2008 and has been endorsed by Sir Ken Knight CBE, Chief
Fire and Rescue Adviser.
It is available to download from www.cfoa.org.uk
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New British Standard addresses fire safety in buildings
A new standard has been published by BSI British Standards which provides guidance
on fire safety in buildings.
BS 9999, Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings,
presents recommendations on how businesses can comply with legislative requirements
on fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings.
A progression from the Draft for Development, DD9999, the Standard covers four main
· fire safety management;
· the provisions of means of escape;
· the structural protection of escape facilities and the structural stability of
the building in the event of a fire; and
· the provision of access and facilities for fire-fighting
The new standard will replace the each of the current standards within the BS 5588
series (a series of standards focusing on fire precaution in the design, construction
and use of buildings), apart from BS 5588-1. These standards shall now be withdrawn
on 6 April 2009.
The guidance within BS 9999 expands on a number of areas which can affect fire safety
throughout the lifecycle of a building.
Some guidance provided includes the use of structured risk-based design, where varying
human factors can be taken into account by building designers, as well as how to
address any alterations, extensions or changes to the use of existing buildings -
although it does not apply where buildings are used as individual homes, and there
is limited application in the case of some specific specialist buildings.
Another factor addressed within the new standard is the means of escape for disabled
people in the event of a fire (in respect of design as well as management) in order
“to reflect the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act and the principles
of inclusive design.”
David Smith is Chairman of the BSI committee that drafted BS 9999. He says:
“BS 9999 is a major step forward in the provisions for fire safety in buildings.
This single consolidated and consistent document replaces a series of standards and
makes use of recent research and fire engineering principles in establishing the
parameters for fire life safety.
“It will be of great value to all involved in the design, construction and management
of buildings, including architects and engineers, fire safety managers, building
managers and those who approve buildings, such as the fire and rescue service, health
and safety inspectors and specifiers.”
More information can be found on the BSI British Standards website >>
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