- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 26 Feb 2019
Automatic fire detection and alarm systems, an introductory guide to components and systems BR 510
Automatic fire detection and alarm systems: an introductory guide to components and systems (BR 510) was published by BRE on 12 October 2010. It was written by Robert Dudley and offers an introduction to automatic fire detection and alarm systems and how they are developed.
Automatic fire detection and alarm systems are a fairly recent addition to the range of equipment available to combat the threat of fire in buildings, creating an effective and reliable means of detecting fires and signalling an alarm to the occupants. By providing an early warning to the building management team, action can be taken to deal with the fire before it takes hold. Automatic fire detection and alarm systems have a good record of performance and have demonstrated they can be effective in reducing the risk to life and property damage from fire.
The guide deals with fixed automatic fire detection and alarm systems installed in commercial and industrial buildings. It is aimed at building owners, building managers, specifiers, automatic fire detection and alarm equipment installers, maintenance companies, insurance surveyors, building control practitioners, fire safety officers, risk assessors, and fire and rescue service inspectors. It will also be of interest to anyone who needs to consider or deal with automatic fire detection and alarm systems.
Its contents include:
- Background and description.
- Types of system available.
- Detection and alarm devices.
- European standards applicable to the UK.
- False alarms and false alarm reduction.
- Ensuring compliance with standards, installation codes and legislation.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Access control.
- BS 8414-2: Fire performance of external cladding systems.
- Commercial security systems.
- External fire spread, Supplementary guidance to BR 187 incorporating probabilistic and time-based approaches.
- Fire and rescue service.
- Fire dampers.
- Fire detection and alarm system.
- Fire detector.
- Fire door inspection scheme.
- Fire performance of external thermal insulation for walls of multistorey buildings, third edition (BR 135).
- Fire protection engineering.
- Fire safety design.
- Fire spread.
- Intruder alarm.
- Joint fire code.
- Perimeter security.
- Smoke alarm.
- The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
- Understanding the factors affecting flashover of a fire in modern buildings.
- Wet riser.
Featured articles and news
How it can benefit construction.
Free guide to commissioning for site managers published by NHBC and BSRIA.
Resolving quickly to minimise delay and costs.
Tackling domestic abuse.
Disallowed costs vs. defined costs. Which is which?
Coping with the loss of local authority conservation services.
Remedial works could save the NHS £95 million a year.
One of Europe’s largest waterfront transformations.
How BIM was used to produce an information model of a home.
Skyscrapers of the future will be built of wood.
How to increase your chances of winning.