Can Automist integrate with an existing early warning alarm?
There are examples where Building Control has stipulated a Grade D LD1 standard fire alarm system as described in BS 5839 Part 6 to sit alongside Automist. Such a configuration will have smoke detectors sited in hallways and landings at all floor levels and they must also be sited in all habitable rooms and areas where a fire might start that communicate with the stair enclosure.
As a default, the early warning alarm is in addition to the detection used to trigger Automist.
However, Automist can be used to perform this function with compatible third party detection systems with a volt-fire relay to initiate the scanning of Automist. The selected alarms must meet the requirements of BS 5839-6:2013. There are six grades of system ranging from Grade A to F, whereby a higher grade generally represents a greater risk of fire in the premises, so a higher level of fire safety system is needed to be installed. However, the nature of the premises and the characteristics of the occupant are also important factors. The majority of standard housing in the UK falls within the D-F category - whereby mains or battery-powered alarms are installed. This progresses in complexity until grade A is reached, in which case a full fire detection system with control and indicating equipment is installed.