The British Standards Institute
was the first internationally recognised
standards commission to introduce 'best practice' and develop industry standardisation
in both the public and private sectors. We offer a range of standards that are
relevant to the fire safety industry and that can help inform and guide customers
to best practice.
The BS 1635:1990 specifies the recommendations for graphic symbols and abbreviations for fire protection drawings. Wherever possible, an internationally recognised graphic symbol is used.
The BS 4422:2005 specifies the terms specific to and generally used by fire protection agencies.
The BS 5266-1:2011 specifies the code of practice for the emergency lighting of all premises excluding domestic dwellings. It does however apply to access routes in multi-storey dwellings such as blocks of flats.
The BS 5306-1:2006 covers good practice in regards to the design, installation maintenance and testing of hose reel and foam inlet systems. It also gives recommendations for these systems.
The BS 5306-3:2009 specifies codes of practice for the commissioning and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers installed in all locations.
The BS 5306-8:2012 gives recommendations for the selection and installation of portable fire extinguishers.
The BS 5446-2:2003 specifies the requirements and test methods for heat alarms.
The BS 5306-1:2006 gives specifications for the construction and performance of self-luminous fire safety signs.
The BS 5499-4:2000 gives guidance and recommendations for the selection of escape route signs complying with BS 5499-1:2000.
The BS 5499-6:2002 specifies requirements for the design and creation of graphical symbols used in safety signag, including fire safety.
The BS 5499-10:2006 provides guidance on the use of safety and fire safety signs. It is applicable in situations where a formal risk assessment has established the need for safety and fire safety signs.
The BS 5839-1:2013 specifies recommendations for fire detection and fire alarm systems in and around buildings (not including dwellings).
The BS 5839-3:1988 provides construction and performance requirements of automatic release mechanisms for certain fire protection equipment.
The BS 5839-6:2013 is a code of practice relating to the design, installation
and maintenance of fire detection systems in domestic premises. The standard
also grades fire detection systems which reflects their functionality and capabilities.
The BS 5839-8:2013 gives recommendations for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of voice alarm systems that automatically broadcast speech or warning tones after receiving a signal from the fire detection and alarm system.
The BS 6165:2002 specifies the requirements of non-refillable fire extinguishers of the aerosol variety.
The BS 6643-2:1985 specifies the requirements for recharging BS 5423 compliant powder fire extinguishers.
The BS 7582:2005 specifies codes of practice for reconditioning used safes.
The BS 7863:2009 provides details of the recommendations for the colour coding of portable fire extinguishers. This is the replacement British Standard for the BS 7863:1996.
The BS 7867:1997 provides specifications for the types of portable fire extinguishers that should be used in aircraft. Contents include classification systems, fire tests, test equipment and dimensions.
The BS 7944:1999 provides details of the testing required for type 1 heavy duty fire blankets and type 2 heavy duty heat protective blankets. Contents include classification systems, testing conditions, performance and durability tests.
The BS 8494:2007 specifies the requirements of electronic portable and transportable apparatus designed to detect and measure carbon dioxide in indoor ambient air.
The BS 9251:2005 has been designed to provide users with guidance in regards to sprinkler system applications in residential and domestic premises with recommendations for vital installation and maintenance processes.
The BS EN 1047-1:2005 details the requirements and test methods for secure storage units. The contents includes information on classification systems, fire tests and resistance, humidity, heating tests and endurance tests.
The BS EN 179:2008 details the requirements and test methods for emergency exit devices designed for use on escape routes in areas such as places of work which are not accessible to members of the public. Emergency exit devices can be operated by push pads and lever handles.
The BS EN 1125:2008 details the requirements and test methods for panic exit devices designed for use on escape routes in environments open to members of the public who will have no prior knowledge of the exit device.
The BS EN 1155:1997 states the requirements and test methods for electrically powered hold open devices for swing doors. The standard also explains the classification of products and the reflecting compliance.
The BS EN 12416-2:2001 covers the design, construction and maintenance of fixed powder fire extinguishers. Contents include requirements and recommendations for powder fire extinguishing systems which discharge powder complying with BS 6535:Part 3:1989.
The BS EN 12845:2004+Amendment 2:2009 specifies requirements and provides recommendations for the design, set-up and maintenance of fixed fire sprinkler systems in buildings and industrial plants.
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The BS EN 13565-2:2009 specifies the requirements and methods of design, installation, testing and maintenance of low, medium, and high expansion foam fire extinguishing systems.