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Adam Bannister is a contributor to IFSEC Global, having been in the role of Editor from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam also had stints as a journalist at cybersecurity publication, The Daily Swig, and as Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
October 20, 2016


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First BRE Global-certificated portable watermist system launched by Surefire

pps-ultraguardSurefire has launched the first portable watermist system to achieve third-party certification to LPS 1655, BRE Global’s dedicated fire performance standard for personal protection systems (PPS).

Called UltraGuard the unit is a domestic fire suppression system designed to protect vulnerable people – such as the elderly or disabled – from domestic fires.

LPS 1655, which fills a gap in fire standards given the absence of a dedicated BS or EN standard, sets a minimum, credible performance level for PPS to instill confidence in specifiers and users.

BRE Global product certification manager Nigel Firkins, who presented Surefire’s marketing director, Jo Cherriman, with the PS 1655 certificate at BRE’s research, testing and innovations centre in Watford, 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 market. LPS 1655 provides a dependable benchmark in this product sector for the first time.”


BRE Global product certification manager Nigel Firkins presents Surefire marketing director Jo Cherriman with the PS 1655 certificate

BRE Global has co-authored with London Fire Brigade (LFB) guidance on identifying vulnerable people at risk and determining whether a PPS or similar measures are neccessary.

BRE Global’s third party approval for PPS will be of interest to owners of  care homes and sheltered accommodation.

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.

BRE inspectors conduct ongoing audits of 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, which is used by buyers worldwide to source trustworthy, third party approved fire and security products.

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October 21, 2016 8:21 am

thanks , very good much
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