The Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU (LVD) outlines essential safety requirements, for electrical equipment, operating with a voltage of between 50V and 1000V for AC (alternating current) and 75V and 1500V for DC (direct current).
The regulations set out the requirements, that must be met, to ensure safe electrical equipment products, are placed on the market.
It applies to;
Control and indicating equipment with enclosed power supplies
Components (if they form an integral part of the equipment) including batteries
As we start to emerge from lockdown it feels like the fire industry is re-establishing itself. Thankfully there is an air of optimism amongst our customers and we are more determined than ever to offer the very best levels of support we can to continue this progress.
We have seen many manufacturers and distributors diversify their ranges to include the obvious PPE equipment namely masks and various sanitising solutions. However what has caught our eye is a number interesting, innovative solutions to complement these. We are proud to have incorporated many of these into our offering and below are some highlights.
Download Our Guide To EN54-23 Visual Alarm Devices (VADs)
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.
Product warranties don’t just give you peace of mind as a customer, they also speak volumes for the quality & robustness of a product and the faith the manufacturer has in it. It is therefore very welcome news that Fike has extended the standard warranty on the complete Twinflex Pro range from 12 to 24 months and we will, of course, be passing this onto our customers.
We are all well aware of the rising energy prices that are inflating our bills and squeezing our wallets both personally and in business. In the UK we are once again braving the cold weather as we move through the winter and staying warm is a must. So how can we have our cake and eat it?
Yet again we have to focus on ever-changing legislation and find out how it affects each one of us. The current changes that are particularly relevant to the Fire Industry across the whole of the EU are the Construction Products Regulations (CPR).
It seems to be quite a regular occurrence that we have to spend time in familiarisation with some amended or updated guidance document. Of course this is essential, but it leaves us all with the problem of somehow finding out about all the changes taking place. This is a major problem for most of us as there are myriads of application standards and other essential inter-related documents.
One of the current topics of conversation in the industry is the recent release of BS5839 Part 1 2013, which is one of the most essential guidance documents for designers and installers of Fire Detection Systems.
A community awareness cartoon with the fire safety message ‘Don’t Drink & Fry’ has won an award at an Irish animation festival. The cartoon highlights the dangers of cooking when drunk and also promotes some essential kitchen fire safety tips.
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