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Fire Alarm Systems / Re: wireless part 1 commercial fire alarm system
« Last post by Fishy on December 09, 2019, 08:39:21 AM »
As Mr Buck says, loads available.  I'm normally fairly critical of accepting them on a whole-life asset cost basis (CAPEX vs OPEX) but in certain applications (e.g. heritage) they're indispensable.
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Fire Safety / Re: Fire Warden Coverage in Sub Let Offices
« Last post by Suttonfire on December 07, 2019, 09:22:46 AM »
Also just found out that the building owners staff occasionally use the top floor for meetings/hot desking etc. Can?t find much guidance on recommendations for fire marshals in areas where staff hot desk/staff members not routinely based in an area.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?
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Fire Alarm Systems / Re: wireless part 1 commercial fire alarm system
« Last post by AnthonyB on December 04, 2019, 07:52:06 PM »
Loads and loads, it's getting more and more common, Hyfire, EMS, EDA Zerio Plus, Hochiki Firewave, Ziton (UTC), Wi-Fyre, etc

Most are now hybrid to allow a mix of wired & non wired, some can go on a conventional system, most panel manufacturers can support at least one of the main wireless brands if not more.

As long as there is a proper radio survey there are generally few issues these days, a lot of bad reputation of the technology was down to poor/no surveys, poor installation and the Detectomat scandal.
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Fire Alarm Systems / wireless part 1 commercial fire alarm system
« Last post by bevfs on December 04, 2019, 02:19:19 PM »
hi all
is there a BS 5839-1 wireless fire alarm system that is accepted as compliant,on the market?
its a while since i looked,but technology is a wonderful thing?
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HealthCare / Re: HTM 0502 2015 - Bad Grammar Travel Distance
« Last post by deaconj999 on November 29, 2019, 03:17:33 PM »
Thanks Colin
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HealthCare / Re: HTM 0502 2015 - Bad Grammar Travel Distance
« Last post by Colin Newman on November 29, 2019, 02:41:18 PM »
Neither.  It means that from anywhere within the compartment an occupant must be able to reach at least two compartment exits within 60m.  Fir a compartment with only two exits this effectively means that the distance between those exits could not exceed 60m i.e. if you stand in the compartment with your back to one of the compartment exits, the travel distance to the other compartment exit must be no greater than 60m.
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Fire Safety / Re: Restricted Occupancy
« Last post by kml on November 20, 2019, 11:32:33 AM »
Is there any scope for creating a bypass at the top of the central stair so that it can be used as a secondary means of escape from the side losing the stair?
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Fire Safety / Re: Building Control Approval query - AFD install
« Last post by Cynic on November 16, 2019, 09:29:07 PM »
Material alteration ;
An alteration which results in a building being less satisfactory in relation to compliance with the requirements of Parts B1, B3, B4 or B5, than it was before, is controllable under Regulations 3 (meaning of building work) and 4 (requirements relating to building work) of the Building Regulations, as a material alteration.

Unless I am out of step, a new and improved AFD system installation should not need a building regs. application ? It improves what is already there.  Even in a building with a complete active system, engineered means of escape strategy, it could be gilding the lily !

If you replace and upgrade escape lighting would you put an application in ?

Building control will always say yes, as you pay them !

Just an humble opinion !
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Fire Safety / Re: Building Control Approval query - AFD install
« Last post by JonAI on November 14, 2019, 06:06:43 PM »
This is an often argued point amongst the building control fraternity ? some say it is a material alteration, others don't, depends on who you ask. If you ask me, I would advise an application should be made. 
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I'm not so sure that is 'reasonable'.

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