A new Code of Practice, BS7273-4:2015, has been released which applies to electrical control arrangements for actuation of mechanisms that unlock, release or open doors in the event of fire.

There’s already a standard, why is there a need for a Code of Practice?

While there are British/European standards for the devices themselves, there is no Code of Practice with recommendations governing their use and, in particular, the design and installation of the interface with the fire detection and alarm system.

So how do I know whether the new Code of Practice will apply to me?

The new standard should be used by:

  • Fire alarm and manufacturers and installers
  • Enforcing authorities including building control bodies and fire and rescue authorities
  • Fire consultants
  • Fire risk assessors

What are the changes from the standard?

  • Simplified recommendations and terminology, with some of the commentary text tabulated and moved to new informative annexes
  • Revised diagrams for the siting and spacing of smoke detectors in relation to electronically held-open doors
  • Categorisation of actuation – A,B and C, each of which has a set criteria for fail safe operation under defined conditions

So is this new Code of Practice being welcomed?

Bernard Laluvein from the Fire Industry Association and Chairman of the FSH/12 BSI Committee says that “Those using the revised Code of Practice will be able to better understand the applications of the measures related to use of mechanisms that unlock, release or open doors in the event of fire and how such mechanisms interface with the fire detection and alarm fire system. This better understanding will lead to increased safety of building occupants in the UK”.

Make sure your business has familiarised itself with the revised Code by clicking the following link:

http://www.fia.uk.com/news/latest-fire-protectionstandard- for-doors-revised.html