Understanding BS5839 and other fire safety laws

Sovereign Alarms provides expert advice in East Sussex on fire safety laws and how to make sure your system is operating within government guidelines. Maintaining fire safety standards by implementing training, safety evacuation protocols and using quality products such as smoke detectors and compliant fire alarm systems, is an efficient way to ensure your building is protected.

Guide to BS5839 PT1

Most commercial and industrial premises are legally required to have a fire alarm system designed and installed to BS589 requirements. The system is better described as a fire detection and alarm system, as it is used to both detect a fire and to sound audible alarms in all parts of the building. This allows people using your building to receive an early warning and evacuate quickly and safely.

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Guide to BS5839 part 6

BS5839 is not intended for householders themselves, but aims to provide guidance and recommendations for architects and other building professionals, enforcing authorities, contractors and others responsible for implementing fire precautions in buildings. It provides extensive guidelines on the correct designs, specifications, installation and maintenance processes for smoke detectors and fire alarms in a building. Sovereign Alarms will take this legislation into account when designing and installing your safe, compliant system.
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Regulatory Reform Order 2005

If you own or operate a business, since October 2006 it has been made your responsibility to make sure your workplace reaches the required standard and employees are provided with adequate fire safety training. Our training courses will teach employees fire basics, including practical skills such as how to use different types of fire extinguisher and fire blankets.
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Landlords Regulations 2015

From 1st October 2015, private residential landlords are required to have a certain number of fire alarms in their building – at least one smoke alarm
installed on every storey of their rental property which is used as living accommodation, and a carbon monoxide alarm in any room used as a living accommodation where solid fuel is used. At the start of each tenancy, the landlord must make sure the alarms are maintained in good working order. This is an easy task with our professional maintenance services from Sovereign Alarms.
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The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)

Since 1st October 2004, all employers have certain duties to ensure that disabled people are not discriminated against. This includes adapting your
building to accommodate disabled employees or guests in an emergency situation. Sovereign Alarms offers specific alarms systems such as disabled refuge alarms to that are designed to address requirements of the DDA whilst working with your current fire safety system.
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Fire Risk Assessment

In every workplace, a designated responsible person must carry out and regularly review a fire risk assessment of the premises. This will involve
identifying fire hazards and the people at risk before evaluating, reducing or removing the risks and recording their findings and preparing an emergency plan, considering escape routes and the needs of vulnerable people. As an employer or owner, you must also provide training and update the fire risk assessment regularly to reflect any changes and maintain a safe, secure workplace.
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