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Why it is important to recall lifts in the event of fire?

These British Standards cover the significant hazards, hazardous situations and events relevant to lifts and recommend that lifts which are not required to operate...

These British Standards cover the significant hazards, hazardous situations and events relevant to lifts and recommend that lifts which are not required to operate in the event of fire (so lifts other than for fire service use and evacuation lifts) are recalled and taken out of service.

There are two British Standards dealing with fire safety in the design of buildings.

1.BS 9991: 2015; Fire safety in the design, management and use of residential buildings – Code of practice applies to residential buildings. Clause 7.1 General includes:

Where a fire alarm system covers the common areas and has a suitable electrical output signal, lifts other than fire-fighting and evacuation lifts should be recalled to an exit floor and then taken out of service in accordance with BS EN 81-73. Where there is no suitable fire alarm system, the lift should be recalled from a manual recall device in accordance with BS EN 81-73.

2. BS 9999: 2017: Fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings - Code of practice has just been published. BS 9999:2017, clause 10.4.1.1 includes:

Control systems should be designed such that lifts other than fire-fighting lifts and evacuation lifts are provided with suitable electrical signal(s) to recall them to an exit floor and then taken out of service in accordance with BS EN 81-73:2016, 5.3.5b) with car and landing doors open. Where there is no suitable fire alarm system, alternative measures should be put in place where appropriate such as recalling the lift from a manual recall device, e.g. key switch…

So, if BS 9991 or BS 9999 are applicable and the lift is not to be used by the fire service or for evacuation, then it is recommended that a signal from the fire alarm system is used to recall the lift and remove it from service. Where a fire alarm system signal is not available then a manual recall switch is recommended.

For over forty years, Fixfire® has been providing quality products, systems and services for Life & Property Protection. Whatever your requirement, please call our Compliance Team for expert advice and a refreshingly different approach.

Freephone 08000 891999.

STEP 1:
STEP 2:
You provide a suitable up to date drawing of your building in either:
  • Hard copy
  • PDF
  • Or preferably AutoCAD (dwg) format
Depending on the availability of installation records and the complexity of the building, we arrange a visit to identify the zone number associated with each Fire Alarm Manual Call Point and Fire Detector (for practicality this may involve two engineers).
STEP 3:
STEP 4:
Fire Alarm Zone Chart is created.
Fire Alarm Zone Chart is supplied in A4 or A3 glazed frame for installation adjacent to your Fire Alarm Panel.

For over forty years, Fixfire® has been providing quality products, systems and services for Life & Property Protection. Whatever your requirement, please call our Compliance Team for expert advice and a refreshingly different approach.

Freephone 08000 891999.

It is recommend that lifts which are not required to operate in the event of fire are recalled and taken out of service.
It is recommend that lifts which are not required to operate in the event of fire are recalled and taken out of service.
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