In January 2015 a new code of practice for Non automatic fire-fighting systems in buildings by the British Standards Institution called BS 9990:2015.
Like the previous standard the BS 9990:2015 gives recommendations for non-automatic fire-fighting systems in buildings. It covers good practice in matters affecting the design, installation, testing and maintenance of such systems including wet and dry fire-fighting mains.
The British Standard BS 9990:2015 is a full revision of the standard with the principal changes being to update the recommendations for:
- Shut-off pressures
- Flow tests and pressures
- Rising and falling mains
This new British Standard supersedes BS 9990:2006, which is withdrawn.
It is important for the fire protection of a building to be considered as a whole. The provision of fire mains is an essential element of the fire protection systems in large and complex buildings due to the difficulties in providing water supplies at the point of use for fire-fighting and search and rescue. It is essential that these systems be carefully maintained to ensure instant readiness when required.
For more information visit British Standard BS 9990:2015.
The National Dry Riser Testing Company now offers annual dry riser testing and maintenance to comply with this new code of practice for non-automatic fire-fighting systems in buildings, the British Standard BS 9990:2015.