A Merseyside housing association has retrofitted an emergency evacuation alert system into three of its nine-storey tower blocks in Halewood.
Livv Housing has installed EvacGo systems, manufactured by fire protection solutions company, Advanced, in Woolton Views, The Fairways, and Ashton Park on Sherbourne Avenue.
The systems were installed by ABM Fire & Security, which undertook the complete supply, installation and commissioning in each of the 48-flat blocks.
EvacGo is said to be compliant with the BS 8629 Code of Practice, which sets out the criteria for the design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of evacuation alert systems for use by fire and rescue services in England and Wales.
Each of the systems installed in the Halewood block feature a four loop, eight zone evacuation alert panel. These panels are housed inside “robust”, security-rated GERDA enclosures meeting the STS 205 class BR2 security rating with patented BS EN 1303-compliant lock.
According to Advanced, this minimises tampering and restricts access to fire and rescue service personnel only, who are able to access the controls using a patented key. Meanwhile, Argus Vega visual alarm devices and interfaces have been installed in all 144 flats to ensure that hard of hearing and deaf residents are kept safe and informed.
Tony Cahill, Livv Housing’s executive director of property, said: “When we were selecting an evacuation alert system for the three tower blocks, it was essential that it met the criteria for BS 8629. Advanced’s EvacGo is already installed in all of our other tower blocks and it ticks all the right boxes for us to meet best practice and to protect our customers in the event of a fire.”
Shaun Scott, Advanced’s emergency evacuation systems application engineer, said: “Following the Grenfell Tower enquiry, and the increased awareness of the importance of effective fire evacuation, we have seen an increasing number of housing associations and landlords installing an EvacGo system.
“While the Building Regulations make evacuation alert systems mandatory in new residential buildings over 18m, we’re finding that, like Livv Housing Group, many landlords of smaller buildings or those being retrofitted, are keen to meet best practice and keep their residents safe.”
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