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FIA Announces Update to the BS 5839-1:2017

The FIA has announced that the BS 5839-1:2013 has now been replaced and the new and improved BS 5839-1:2017 has taken its place. The BS 5839 provides recommendations for the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm systems in and around non-domestic premises.

The revised version takes into account the changes to other major fire safety standards including the BS EN 54 series of standards for fire detection and fire alarm systems and BS 9999 for fire safety in commercial buildings. These changes will also reduce confusion in the marketplace around how to implement the recommendations given in BS 5839-1.

There is also new content within the document covering topics such as multi-sensor detectors, voice alarms, new technology for fire detectors, and more.

A large addition to the document is the section on call points and how covers must now be used on all of them. This is due to the number of false alarms, earlier in the year the government released a report which highlighted how much of an issue false alarms are. As many as 44% of Fire and Rescue callouts turn out to be false alarms!

Not only does false alarms waste the time of the fire and rescue service and prevent them from going to an actual emergency more quickly, but they are also detrimental to the business as they cost money and are disruptive. This is why, along with 35 other recommendations for reducing false alarms, it is recommended to cover all manual call points with covers.

The FIA are holding seminars around the UK to ensure everyone in the business is aware of the updates, the dates are as follows:

  • 4th October – Galsgow Science Centre
  • 5th October FIA Office, Hampton
  • 13th October – Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service in Winsford

If you have any further questions about the updated BS5839-1 or about fire safety then call us today on 0845 402 3045 or send us an email to and one of our friendly sales team will get back to you shortly.


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