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BS 7273-4

Notifier introduces new BS 7273-4 CPD course on release mechanisms for fire doors

Notifier by Honeywell announced today the launch of a new continuing professional development (CPD) course 2016/2017.  ‘Getting To Know BS 7273-4’
provides installers, integrators, contractors, consultants and end users with all the information on this important standard and how it relates to the way that doors are opened, closed and controlled by fire detection systems.

Although it was first introduced in 2007, the 2015 revision of BS 7273-4 has brought the subject of release mechanisms for fire doors into sharp focus. The prompt evacuation of a burning building requires as few obstacles and obstructions as possible and, similarly, restricting the spread of fire and heat in such a situation relies upon the use of well-engineered fire doors that can be reliably closed in the event of a fire.

Adhering to BS 7273-4 is increasingly important, as the guidance in Annex A of the Code of Practice is now normative, which means that if control of doors is performed by a fire detection system the requirements of the category must be met. If the guidelines are not followed it is likely that the fire door provision fails to satisfy a fire risk assessment.

Notifier’s new BS 7273-4 CPD has been written by experts within the company, it enables delegates to gain a better understanding of how modern life safety technology can be used to increase a building’s safety by interfacing it with fire doors and secured fire exits. By providing an overview of the various scenarios when doors should be released, it looks at control arrangements for actuation of mechanisms that unlock, release or open doors in the event of fire, before covering recommendations for the interface between fire detection and alarm systems, as well as equipment not covered in any other standards.

Those attending will also gain an valuable understanding of the three categories of actuation – A (critical), B (standard) and C (indirect) – and the circumstances under which the control mechanisms should revert to their fail safe position to protect escape routes and prevent the spread of smoke in the event of a fire.

‘It is fair to say that since its original introduction eight years ago BS 7273-4 has been largely ignored, apart for a few isolated cases of best practice,’ commented Gregg Bushell, Senior Marketing Communications Honeywell Security and Fire. ‘I’m pleased to say that the situation is beginning to change and this CPD is a key part of our strategy to enhance knowledge about this important standard and how its implementation could save lives. There can be no one size fits all approach to configuring a BS 7273-4 compliant system and fire doors and exits should be considered individually so that people, property and assets are protected as well as they possibly can be in the event of a fire.’

For further information and to book a place please email Gregg.Bushell@honeywell.com