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Guidelines for fire detection and protection

by Andy Clutton

VDS MitarbeiterportraitsAutomatic fire protection systems detect, indicate, and fight a fire as soon as it starts. New VdS Guidelines 2896 establish a new standard for the planning and installation of fire protection technology especially in living zones.

The probability for residents of nursing homes in Germany to die in a fire is five times higher than that of the total population – this has been confirmed by studies of the University Magdeburg-Stendal. The high death toll due to fires in living zones and hang-out areas started a discussion about supplementary protection measures with fire protection technology.

Scandinavian countries as well as Australia and the U.S.A. are already using automatic extinguishing systems to protect nursing homes and, consequently, could already reduce the mortality rate by up to 82 % (study by NFPA).

VdS has published guidelines especially for the protection of residential occupancies (VdS 2896) presenting precise requirements for the planning and installation of fire detection and fire alarm systems as well as extinguishing systems, especially in nursing homes, hotels, homes for the elderly, halls of residence, kindergartens, and schools.

“The new Guidelines define precise requirements for the installation, execution, and maintenance of fire protection systems in the corresponding type of block and building utilisation”, pointed out Claas Baier, head of the VdS Inspection services and expert in charge of the new Guidelines. “Thanks to the practically oriented support delivered by the VdS 2896, those in charge can ensure that fires in living zones and hang-out areas are detected immediately, that the persons at risk as well as the providers of assistance are alerted, and that fires can be fought right from the beginning.”

The Guidelines should be of interest to UK fire system installers and can be accessed at www.vds-shop.de

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