Fire detection and alarms

Our comprehensive range of testing and certification services for fire detection products can bring you complete peace of mind whether you are a manufacturer or an installer. Our dedicated laboratory offers you innovative and efficient testing and certification solutions, saving you time and money. We have in-depth regulatory knowledge combined a thorough understanding of the intricacies of the testing process and can help you every step of the way.

Here are some of the main products and standards we test and certify against in this range:

Multi-Criteria Detectors

These detectors are a combination of smoke and heat sensors and can be addressable or conventional, the difference being their level of communication to the main fire control panel.

Smoke alarms for the deaf and hard of hearing

Smoke indicators for the deaf and hearing impaired take one of two forms; visual, with the use of a beacon; or tactile, in the form of a vibrating pad placed under a pillow. Installation of a visual smoke alarm in sleeping accommodation satisfies Part M of the Building Regulations. The certification is available for the Smoke/Heat or CO detectors, and/or the individual component parts which make up the kit. The Kitemark is highly regarded and specified by many local authorities, and will help give manufacturers the competitive advantage with those designing and refurbishing local authority care homes.

Smoke Detectors - BS EN 54-7:2001

Smoke Detectors or sensors, are sensitive to smoke in the surrounding atmosphere.

We can test and certify these products that use ionisation, scattered or transmitted light and are intended for use in fire detection and fire alarm systems installed in buildings.

Heat Detectors - BS EN 54-5:2001

Heat detectors will detect abnormally high temperatures or rapid rises in temperature and alert you of potential fire. They detect changes in ambient temperature, and send an alarm state to the CIE.

Multi-Criteria Detectors

These detectors are a combination of smoke and heat sensors and can be addressable or conventional, the difference being their level of communication to the main fire control panel.

Sounders  - BS EN 54-3:2001

These devices are the fire detection and alarm system’s means for alerting the occupants of a building to potential or imminent danger from fire.  Sounders vary in size and shape and the sounder output varies in level, frequency range and temporal pattern, but all must comply with the requirements of the same product standard.

BSI’s reverberation chamber enables testing of sounders to BS EN 54-3 and satisfies product requirements in domestic/commercial markets for size, frequency and sound level.

Visual Alarm Devices

BS EN 54-23:2010 defines the requirements, test methods and performance of visual alarm devices. Kitemark certification can be applied to these products so that manufacturers can prove that their products meet the requirements of the standard.

Voice Alarms

With the introduction of the new European standard for voice alarm control and indicating equipment in 2008, manufacturers of products needing to conform to this standard now have the opportunity to enhance their product reputation and gain market advantage with Kitemark certification to BS EN 54-16:2008.

Manual Call Points - BS EN 54-11:2001

Despite advanced technology, still the most reliable form of fire detection is human observation. For this reason fire detection and alarm systems always include the Manual Call Point (MCP), which allows a building occupant to raise the alarm to evacuate the building. We can offer full compliance testing for CE and Kitemark schemes against the required standards for Manual Call Points. This can be further complemented with full compliance testing under EMC, and LVD Directives. 

Kitemark certification schemes for these products will automatically qualify against CE marking compliance.

We can also help you with:

Our specialist facilities for testing visual alarm devices at Kitemark House in Hemel Hempstead, UK,  can also be used by manufacturers for pre-assessment or developing testing prior to full type approval. These facilities can also be hired by customers to undertake indicative testing for design development in the quest for products to meet requirements of new standards or regulations.

If there is a particular standard or specification for which you require a testing service not listed here, please contact us as we may be able to help.