Advanced to Launch Evacuation Alert System to Meet New BS 8629 Code of Practice

Fire system manufacturer, Advanced, is soon to launch its evacuation alert system to meet the recommendations set out in the new British Standard 8629:2019, relating to buildings containing flats with a storey more than 18 metres above ground level.

Available to the UK market from the summer, Advanced’s EACIE (evacuation alert control and indicating equipment) is flexible enough to support any evacuation strategy chosen by the fire and rescue service. The panel combines EN54-2, 4 and 13 approved MxPro 5 technology with clear, reliable and responsive controls for the fire brigade to operate evacuation alert sounders with ease.

Advanced’s evacuation alert panels will provide a simple, at-a-glance overview of a building’s evacuation alert zones, along with LED indication and manual toggle-switch controls for operating evacuation alert devices in each zone.

Modular in construction for on-site expansion, or last-minute changes, features such as slide-in labels will allow easy customisation of zone name text, plus fireman’s toggle switches and LED indication on the panel door will ensure rapid, accurate operation and identification of sounders in the correct areas.

The EACIE will be housed inside a security-rated enclosure (classification B3 or STS 205) so restricting access to the fire brigade using a patented key – as stipulated in the BS 8629:2019 code of practice.

Paul Duffy, Advanced’s Technical Services Manager, said: “We understand that our customers need the peace of mind of knowing they are meeting all relevant standards, so our response to BS 8629 recommendations is based on our tried and tested EN54-approved MxPro 5 fire panel technology. We also understand that hidden faults may only come to light after installation, therefore using components that have been certified to EN54-13, (compatibility and test assessment) is a valuable additional benefit.

“This new product takes away the hard work – our solution not only meets, but in some areas exceeds, all the recommendations of BS 8629, so that building owners, end users and, importantly, frontline fire and rescue services will have a robust and effective evacuation management system available that will work as intended.”

To help meet the requirements of the BS 8629:2019 recommendations regarding alerts for the hearing impaired, Advanced’s evacuation alert panels can be used in conjunction with LifeLine, Advanced’s Equality Act-compliant alarm and emergency notification solution. LifeLine enables the instant transmission of fire alarm alerts to building residents via vibrating pillow pads. It also allows live notification of system status and pre-programmed messages via personal pagers to site staff, engineers and the hearing impaired.

BS 8629:2019 is the new code of practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of evacuation alert systems for use by fire and rescue services in England. In place since November 2019, this standard recommends the installation of a dedicated evacuation alert system intended for the sole use of the fire and rescue services and separate from the building’s fire alarm system in new blocks of flats with a storey located at a height of more than 18 metres above ground level. Although not a legal requirement in England, EACIE installation is now mandatory in Scotland.

Advanced, owned by FTSE 100 company Halma PLC, protects a wide range of prestigious and high-profile, high-rise buildings across the globe – from London’s Shard to Dubai’s Landmark Group HQ and Miami’s Sands Pointe development.

Halma is a global group of life-saving technology companies with a clear purpose to grow a safer, cleaner, healthier future for everyone, every day.

Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. Advanced’s reputation for performance, quality and ease of use sees its products specified in locations around the world, from single-panel installations, to large, multi-site networks. Advanced’s products include complete fire detection systems, multiprotocol fire panels, extinguishing control, fire paging and false alarm management systems.

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