Evacuation Alert Systems

The critical importance of the BS 8629:2019 Code of Practice

Evacuation Alert Systems

Precise, efficient evacuation procedures form an essential part of ensuring life safety, so any measures that can be put in place to support them must be welcomed.
Our evacuation alert system brings you peace of mind that your tall residential building meets the new code of practice recommendations.

Evacuation Alert System

What is BS 8629:2019?

BS 8629:2019 is the code of practice for designing, installing, commissioning, and maintaining evacuation alert systems for fire and rescue services in buildings containing flats.

The code of practice recommendations is strongly advised for new buildings with a storey more than 18m above ground level containing flats and equally relevant as best practices for existing buildings.

Why has BS 8629:2019 been developed?

In the past, when fires have occurred in a tall residential building with a ‘stay-put policy’ in place, it has been common practice for the fire and rescue service to evacuate the occupants of the affected flat only. On rare occasions, the occupants of nearby or adjacent flats would be evacuated too. The notification has been through firefighters physically knocking on doors as there was no other practical way of alerting occupants. When attending a fire incident, initial resources are focused on firefighting. In cases where more widespread evacuation is necessary, having an evacuation alert system enables occupants of flats to be effectively alerted by the fire and rescue service’s incident commander without diverting efforts away from essential firefighting operations.

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Fire Industry Association Guidance

The Fire Industry Association developed a new guide, which is intended to increase awareness of the new BS 8629:2019 standard.

Our Evacuation Alert Systems

Combining robustness and reliability with speed and simplicity, our evacuation alert system comes in a range of flexible formats with wired, wireless and hybrid options available.

This versatility ensures complete freedom to create the best possible evacuation alert solution, as specified by your local fire and rescue service.

Failing to meet new life safety rules adequately is a high risk.

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