Updated Joint Code of Practice clarifies requirement for EN 54-compliant fire alarms

The ninth edition of the Fire Protection Association’s Joint Code of Practice reinforces the need for construction site fire alarm systems to meet EN 54. That’s the considered view of Nottingham-based wireless technology expert Ramtech Electronics.

Version 9 of ‘Fire Prevention on Construction Sites: The Joint Code of Practice on the Protection from Fire of Construction Sites and Buildings Undergoing Renovation’ now advises that: ‘Components of automatic fire detection and alarm systems should be marked as complying with EN 54 (Paragraph 13.8)’.

EN 54 is a mandatory standard that specifies the requirements and laboratory testing for every component of fire detection and fire alarm systems.

“The latest update to the Joint Code of Practice absolutely clarifies that fire alarm systems used on construction sites should have been independently tested to EN 54,” explained Paul Henson, sales and marketing director at Ramtech Electronics.

“In updating the Joint Code of Practice, the Fire Protection Association and the insurance industry has made it much easier to specify construction site fire alarms by bringing them up to the same high standard as other safety-critical aspects of construction site work.”

Henson added: “To fully comply with this standard, each and every unit in the system should have been tested. The best way of determining this is to check the Declaration of Performance Certificate.”

Published this month, the ninth edition was prepared by the Technical Division of the Fire Protection Association and experts from the insurance industry who reported to the RISCAuthority’s Risk Control Steering Group.

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