Mon, 10 Oct 2016 15:19:00 GMT
Fire protection market welcomes the first BRE Global certificated portable
watermist system, as awareness grows of fire risks to the vulnerable
Surefire’s UltraGuard is the first portable watermist unit to achieve third party certification to
LPS 1655, BRE Global’s dedicated fire performance standard for personal protection systems (PPS).
A PPS is a domestic fire suppression system designed to protect a specific risk, typically vulnerable
people who are at greater risk from a fire in the home.
In the absence of a dedicated BS or EN standard, LPS 1655 offers a robust, third party approval
standard to establish a credible performance level for PPS to engender specifier and user
BRE Global product certification manager, Nigel Firkins, presented Surefire’s marketing director, Jo
Cherriman, with the company’s coveted LPS 1655 certificate at BRE’s research, testing and
innovations centre near Watford.
Mr Firkins said: “We are delighted that Surefire has picked up the baton on successfully achieving
third party approval for their PPS with the first certificate issued for LPS 1655 in what is a growing
“LPS 1655 provides a dependable benchmark in this product sector for the first time.”
Increasingly, fire services across the country are issuing guidance and promoting awareness to
highlight the greater fire risks faced by vulnerable people living at home, often alone. BRE Global
itself has co-authored guidance with London Fire Brigade (LFB) on identifying vulnerable people at
risk and assessing when a PPS or other measures should be implemented.
BRE Global’s third party approval for PPS now provides confidence for care service and housing
providers responsible for the safeguarding of vulnerable people.
About the LPS 1655 standart
The LPS 1655 standard incorporates system design requirements, including minimum levels of
performance and functionality, system manual and installer requirements, fire test protocols, and
maintenance arrangements. It also covers the examination and testing of components.
In addition, BRE inspectors carry out on-going audits of the manufacturer’s quality management
systems and production to assure units on the market conform to the design blueprint.
Products are subjected to two fire test scenarios. The first is representative of fires that start in
bedding or clothing where a person may be in close proximity. The second replicates ‘shielded fire development’, and considers the potential for control of the fire and the prevention of fire spread beyond the items first ignited.
A PPS needs to detect and suppress a fire at a very early stage before significant heat and smoke has developed to cause serious injury. Notably, LPS 1655 requires system actuation by a fire detector (or detectors), as more traditional, thermally activated devices may be too slow, especially for smouldering fires in clothing or bedding.
BRE Global certificated products are listed in the globally recognised Red Book (www.redbooklive.com) used by buyers worldwide to source trustworthy, third party approved fire and security products.
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