Are fire alarms or detection systems required to common parts of blocks of flats?

National House Building Council, Are fire alarms or detection systems required to common parts of blocks of flats? In: Frequently asked questions on Building Regulations Part B: Fire Safety. TBA ed. Frequently asked questions on Building Regulations . National House Building Council, p. 1.

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Abstract

Requirement B1 requires 'appropriate provisions for early warning of fire'. Due to the high degree of compartmentation in residential developments the fire safety approach in Part B assumes only the occupants of the flat where the fire starts will initially evacuate. The occupants of other flats will remain in place and will only evacuate if the fire brigade consider it necessary after their arrival. There is therefore no need for an alarm system to notify all residents of a fire and there is generally no need for a fire detection system in the common areas of blocks of flats.

There may however be a need for detection in common areas to activate fire protection systems, such as automatic opening vents and fire doors on hold open devices, but these detectors should not be connected to alarm sounders.

Communal alarm systems may be appropriate where the building contains sheltered housing and centralised management controls are in place.

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Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction > Building standards
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Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2021 16:23
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2021 19:43
URI: https://buildvoc.co.uk/id/eprint/989

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