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Fire Alarm Standards and Compliance

Argus work strictly in accordance to the British standards. The current standard for Fire Alarm Systems in the UK is BS5839:2017, which has recently replaced BS5839:2013. There are two main reasons for having a Fire Alarm installed, Life protection and Property protection.

Life systems are categorised as (L) type systems with the exception of manual systems which are (M) type.

Property systems are categorised as (P) type systems, these are designed to protect buildings and stock.

Life systems can be designed for both commercial and residential use, the British Standard has different requirements for each of these. Commercial systems must comply to BS5839:2017 Part 1, and Residential to Part 6 of the standard, the biggest difference between these standards are the sound level requirements, although this is not the only difference.

There are different types of certification for Fire Alarm companies to achieve. In January 2015 Argus achieved BAFE Approval for the maintenance of fire detection systems. In September 2015 Argus completed the process and achieved full BAFE approval for system design, and installation to Part 1 of the standards. Argus are not as of yet approved to Part 6, however this is something we will be looking in to further, in 2018.

Fire Maintenance and Monitoring

Since the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order in 2005, it has become a mandatory requirement that all Fire Alarm systems are serviced at least twice a year, with one hundred percent of the system being checked over the 12 month period.

All Fire Alarms must be supported with a minimum 24 hour stand by life in the event of a power failure, and have sufficient battery capacity to run the sounders for 30 minutes after this time. For systems that are off site monitored further changes have now been implemented. The latest revision to the fire alarm standards is BS5839:2017, this has enforced further requirements for off site monitored systems. All Communicators and associated power supplies for off site monitoring must now be EN54 compliant. The new fire alarm standard that came into force in September 2017 now allows for the connection of fire alarms through intruder alarms provided the intruder alarm communicator is EN54 graded. If Intruder Alarm assisted monitoring is used a variation form may be required and signed by the customer, agreeing to any none conformity that may be present.

Most monitored Fire Alarm Systems can be set up with brigade response, although not all authorities will guarantee to attend an activation unless a fire has been confirmed.

Types of Fire Systems and Detection

Fire detection systems are there to protect life and or property, but in most circumstances lives. For this reason it is very important that the company you choose are fire systems competent. When it come to protecting peoples lives, you need to take more than a companies word, that they have the knowledge and ability to design and install a compliant system, and provide I competent service, you need assurance.

In the fire industry the only way to prove competence is to be a member of an approved industry organisation, they will annually inspect the company to ensure that they comply with and adhere to the current legislation. Some companies may claim competence but if they are not annually inspected, this cannot be proved.

Argus are BAFE SP203-1 approved for the Design, Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance of fire detection systems, not only this but we are also a member of the National Security Inspectrate (NSI), and approved to there fire gold standard, providing you with total peace of mind.

For more information call us today on 0345 2600093.

Areas Covered
Warrington, Preston, Oldham, Ormskirk, Bolton, Manchester, Liverpool,


“Argus installed my new police response security alarm in April 2016. After bad experiences with other contractors, I was anxious to say the least, the work was completed with no mess in a timely manor and I am very pleased with my new system. Thank you Argus for such a professional service from start to end, I will certainly recommend you in the future.”

Charlie Gallagher


“I have used Argus Fire and Security Ltd for many years. I trust them to provide Intruder Alarms and CCTV for my home and business. Argus has always been trustworthy and reliable and I would happily recommend them as an Alarm and Security company. Thank you, Argus.”

Mr. A Lems.

Standish Dental Practice

“Argus Security Systems, I have been very impressed with the alarm expertise, politeness, and professionalism displayed by every person at your company that I have had contact with – right through from the initial enquiry to installation.”

Mrs Lee