What is EN54-23, and how does it affect you?
There’s new legislation on Visual Alarm Devices (VADs) and they’re causing a bit of confusion amongst installers. We’d like to help you to understand it, and make sure you’re up to date with the new European Standard. The standard specifies the minimum requirements for VADs, providing performance criteria and test methods in a uniform and consistent way. This provides manufacturers a mechanism to specify VAD device performance, allowing system designers to choose the most appropriate device for a particular application.
There are now three different classification categories for Visual Alarm Devices within EN54-23, Wall, Ceiling and Open.
- Wall and Ceiling mount categories now have designated mounting heights and particular coverage pattern areas, as detailed within EN54-23.
- Open Classification allows manufacturers to specify a coverage volume and shape and does not restrict mounting height.
All of this information and more can be found in the attached pocket guide to EN53-23 including the calculations for new Wall and Ceiling mounting heights and beacon coverage patterns, and a small brochure of the new range of Klaxon Fire Beacons that exceed this standard to guarantee you the best possible evacuation signals.
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