Domestic alarms

Statistics show that Government initiatives, which have increased the amount of self-contained smoke alarms fitted in domestic dwellings, have had a significant impact in reducing the amount of deaths and injuries caused by fire in the UK.

In Section 1: Fire detection and fire alarm systems of the Building Regulations 2010, Document B1 Fire Safety in Dwellings it states that "All new dwelling houses shall be provided with a fire detection and fire alarm system in accordance with the relevant recommendations of BS 5839-6: 2004 to at least a Grade D, Category LD3 standard"

 

BS 5839-6: 2004 Grade D requires a system of one or more mains-powered smoke alarms each with an integral standby supply (i.e. battery back-up). The system may in addition incorporate one or more mains powered heat alarms, each with an integral standby supply.

LPCB’s listings of Domestic alarms is intended to help you select equipment that complies with these regulatory requirements. The initial approval and continued approval processes of these types of detectors are outlined in scheme document SD078.

LPCB offers certification of these products to the following standards:

  • BS 5446-1: 2000 Fire detection and fire alarm devices for dwellings Part 1 Specification for smoke alarms
  • BS 5446-2: 2003 Fire detection and fire alarm devices for dwellings Part 2 Specification for heat alarms
  • BS 5446-3: 2005 Specification for smoke alarm kits for deaf and hard of hearing people
  • EN 14604: 2005 Smoke alarm devices
  • EN 50291: 2001 Electrical apparatus for the detection of Carbon monoxide in domestic premises - Test method and performance requirements
  • EN 50291-1: 2010 Electrical apparatus for the detection of Carbon monoxide in domestic premises - Test method and performance requirements
  • EN 50291-2: 2010 Electrical apparatus for the detection of Carbon monoxide in domestic premises - Part 2: Electrical apparatus for continuous operation in a fixed installation in recreational vehicles and similar premises including recreational craft-Additional test method and performance requirements.
  • LPS1282: Issue 1 Requirements and testing procedures for combined domestic smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

For domestic applications, care needs to be taken over the correct choice of the type of detector, its siting and the condition of batteries in order to maintain the alarm in accordance with the manufacturer’s requirements.

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