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residental sites and requirements inc RP
Morning Guys

Just wanted some thoughts on this.

In terms of Fire alarm systems in a residential block BS5839 part 6 ... lets say the system is a Grade A  or a L3 communal system with grade D smoke/heat alarms within apartments.

Would the building management company then assume the role or "RP" and be required to fulfill the duties placed on them. (ref fire safety order 2006)

"take general fire precautions" including

Weekly testing of system
regular maintenance of system to BS requirement bi annually.
Logbook record keeping
Zone chart for system
Monitoring system for faults on daily basis (if no ARC connection requirement?)

Also am i right in saying that the standby requirement is 72 hours for residential that do not have arc connection or any form of backup power generator and where  no RP is present on site?

I'm coming across a fair few sites residential site that don't have any of this from fairly recent build to older constructions.

The common system would require a suitable system of maintenance and to be maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.

The benchmarks for suitable & sufficient are BS5839, but some variations are accepted in some areas such as monthly testing, although you rarely see this in writing, rather that they decline to enforce it.
Anthony Buck
Fire Safety Technical Lead @ BAFE SP205 accredited company
Extinguisher specialist

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