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Fire-fighting (ICS code(s): 13.220.10); Alarm and warning systems (ICS code(s): 13.320)

BOS 813-1:2023 Edition 1.0

Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings – Part 1: Code of practice for design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of systems in non-domestic premises; (146 page(s), in English)

This standard provides recommendations for 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 fire detection should be installed in any given premises. Recommendations for fire detection and fire alarms systems in domestic premises are given in BS 5839-6.

The term fire detection and fire alarm system, in the context of this standard, includes systems, that range from those comprising of only one or two call points sonders 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.

The term also includes 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 shutdown of air handling systems, closing of oil or gas valves or grounding of lifts). It does not apply to the other systems and equipment themselves, or the ancillary circuits to interface with them. Recommendations for the planning installation and servicing of facilities for operation of certain fire protection systems by the systems addressed within this this standard are given in

BS 7273 (all parts)

This standard does not cover systems whose primary function is to extinguish or control fire, such as sprinkler or automatic extinguishing systems, even though they might have a secondary alarm function; it does, however, cover the use of a signal from an automatic extinguishing system as one initiating element of a fire alarm system (e.g. by use of a pressure or flow switch).

This standard does not cover voice alarm systems. Recommendations for voice alarm systems and voice sounders are given in BS 5839-8, This standard does not cover systems combining fire alarm functions with other non-fire related functions. Recommendations for such integrated systems are given in DD CLC/TS 50398.

This standard does not cover the 997 (or 112) public emergency call system, or manually or mechanically operated sounders. This standard does not cover audible or visual way-guidance systems which are designed to complement fire alarm systems.

Recommendations for fire detection and fire alarm systems in electronic data processing installations and similar critical electronic equipment rooms are given in BS 6266, which provides recommendations over and above those given in this standard.

This standard 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, conform to the recommendations of this standard.