Reliable technical advice can sometimes be hard to come by – but thankfully the FIA has been hard at work making sure this is, in fact, not the case. We have worked tirelessly throughout 2018 to produce a wide range of technical documents and articles to provide you with the facts and information you need in order to carry out your work with precision and accuracy to the Standards.
We have seven different councils and countless more working groups who decide topics for technical documents to cover – ranging widely from portable fire extinguishing to fire detection and alarm equipment and more.
Over 2018 our Councils have produced 17 technical documents. Use these to help you to get a better understanding of BS 7273, BS 5306, Class F fires, and fire detector testing (and more). There really is something for all areas of the fire protection industry – so take your pick from our roundup below and download the ones you need – free of charge.
Technical Documents of 2018
Below you will find a list of the documents we produced in chronological order, along with a short excerpt from the introduction or scope of the document, so that you can easily see whether the document is for you.
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This document is intended to assist with the task of selecting and clearly recording the type, sensitivity and settings selected for all detectors, including multi-sensor detectors, relating to the perceived risks.
With regard to verified alternative spares, BS 5306-9 states that a declaration of conformity must be provided by the manufacturer and/or supplier, of any verified alternative component or medium, when they are to be used instead of the manufacturers’ originals. This document provides guidance on this subject.
BS 7273-4:2015 supersedes BS 7273-4:2007, which is now withdrawn. This document provides a summary of the changes.
This FIA application guidance provides information to help understand BS 7273-4:2015. This must be read in conjunction with the Standard which takes precedence.
The guidance in this document covers the field testing of point fire detectors only, i.e. heat, smoke, combustion gas (egg CO) and multi-sensor detectors.
To provide guidance to cover the interface between fire protection systems in commercial catering operations and other systems (i.e. fire alarm systems, gas interlock systems, building management systems etc). This guidance enables manufacturers and installers of fire protection systems, suppliers of catering equipment, other contractors, and the end user, as well as other interested parties such as insurers, to understand the need for interfaces with other systems to be made, and for the consideration of other fire-fighting measures such as portable extinguishers.
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on the requirements and implications of the implementation of the Construction Products Regulation 305/2011 EU. This document contains factual information but also provides FIA views and recommendations intended to reduce any confusion in the market. This information is provided for the benefit of FIA members and those involved in the manufacture, supply, installation and maintenance of fire detection and fire alarm equipment.
This Fact File has been created to help understand what Class F fires are, why a specific standard was introduced, and how to choose and install the correct Class F fire extinguisher.
This Fact File is intended to give information on references relating to fire extinguishers on electrical risks in standards.
This FIA guide is intended to give advice on the environmental issues relating to firefighting powder, with particular reference to fire extinguishers. It covers the applicable legislation, how to handle the extinguishers/powder at the customer’s site and looks at the available options for collection and disposal.
The European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) refers to portable fire extinguishers in two ways:
A. As an article for transport to which the provisions of the ADR apply, and
B. As safety equipment required to be carried by vehicles transporting dangerous goods.
This Fact File provides guidance on both areas.
If there is any debris or particles present in the Fixed Gaseous Fire Extinguishing Systems pipework, it will be pushed through the pipework on system discharge and can collect in the nozzles at the end of each pipe run. This can lead to possible blockage of the nozzle(s) and consequentially adversely affect the uniform achievement of the correct extinguishant concentration. This document provides guidance on this topic.
This FIA guidance paper provides guidance and understanding on what is tested, how this is done and how to improve the outcome and achieve an acceptable result in relation to the door fan test.
This document clarifies the requirements for the commissioning tests which should be undertaken on water mist systems designed and installed in accordance with BS 8489-1 2016.
Other information produced in 2018
2018 produced other useful information, aside from technical documents. See below for the list:
Find out what effect Brexit will have on the sector in this PowerPoint presentation.
Find out what the FIA has achieved in 2017-2018.
Find out about the current conditions of the fire protection market.
Find out what the fire protection industry is saying.
A video for members to promote their services is available. Find out how to use it on your own website in this document.
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