The newly amended BS 5839-1: 2013 Fire direction and fire alarm for buildings – Part 1: Code of practice for design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of systems in non-domestic premises has made clear reference to the need for an alarm zone plan to be positioned in close proximity to the alarm system’s control and indicating equipment (CIE). The new Standard clearly states that the absence of an alarm zone plan should be considered to be a “major area of non-compliance” and that “in at least one multiple-facility fire, it has been determined that some sort or all deaths could have been avoided if a diagrammatic representation of the premises (commonly described as a zone plan) had been provided in close proximity to the CIE”.
Everlux alarm zone plans are a diagrammatic representation of a building, showing specific topographic information, the building entrances, the main circulation areas and the division of the building into detection zones and can also feature additional details including the location of manual call-points, heat and smoke detectors, sounders and the position of the CIE panel within the building. They are designed to offer clear, instant understanding of the building layout and the location of specific alarm zones within it and can “enable fire-fighters, unfamiliar with the building , to proceed to the location of the fire”. Everlux alarm zone plans should be located in close proximity to all CIE panels including any repeat panels.