BS5839–1:2017 states it is essential that all buildings with a fire alarm system have an up to date, accurate zone plan.
What is a Fire Alarm Zone Plan?
A zone plan is a layout of your building highlighting the areas of fire detection zones ie. where fire alarms are housed. The main purpose of a zone plan is to be able to immediately identify where any potential fire may have occurred. A Zone Plan shows the layout of the building and clearly highlights the separate fire alarm zones to help evacuations in an emergency situation.
The zone plan should also include:
- Building levels
- Escape routes and final exits (exits that open out into a place of safety, such as the car park or field)
- Circulation areas (corridors, stairs, lifts etc)
- A “You are here” sign so that visitors and employees can map out their exit route
Do I need a fire alarm zone plan?
The simple answer is YES!
If your local fire service visited your property for an inspection and you didn’t have a fire alarm zone plan located on, or near, your fire alarm control and repeater panels, you’d be flagged up for neglecting fire safety standards.
This would be considered a non-conformance against the British Standard for design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire alarm systems in non-domestic premises.
Why do I need a Fire Alarm Zone Plan?
BS5839 – 1:2017 states it is essential that all buildings with a fire alarm system have an up to date, accurate zone plan. It should be clear and in the correct orientation of the building, with a ‘You are here’ sign indicating your exact location.
Not having a Fire Alarm Zone Plan will be noted as a major non-conformance by your service provider or local authority.
Where do I need a Fire Alarm Zone Plan?
The zone plan should be situated adjacent to the CIE (Control Panel). This ensures the fire service can be quickly directed to the location of a fire. In an event of a false alarm, this can also help identify your service provider of any problems within the detection area.
How to Get a Fire Alarm Zone Plan for your Business
As each building is different there is no ‘one-size fits all’ Fire Alarm Zone Plan template. Your Fire Alarm Zone Plan should indicate where any potential fire may have occurred and how to safely evacuate the building.
If you would like a Zone Plan created for your business, our team of fire safety experts will be able to take measurements and create an accurate evacuation poster.
If you would like to find out more or book a FREE consultation, please call us on 01803 557922.