Fire Alarm Zone Plans
What is a Fire Alarm Zone Plan?
A Fire Alarm Zone Plan is a diagrammatic representation of the building showing at least the building entrances, the main circulation areas and the division into zones. These should be sited next to each CIE (Control & Indicating Equipment), which is any fire alarm control panel or fire alarm repeater panel location.
Every Fire Alarm System should display the zone as the primary indication of an alarm, usually in the form of an LED illuminated on the fire alarm control panel. The fire alarm zone plan is displayed next to the control panel, to guide the user or attending fire and rescue service directly to the zone of the fire alarm activation.
Standard Zone Plan
A standard fire alarm zone plan, showing the plan of the building and the division into fire alarm zones. Correctly orientated with an appropriate YOU ARE HERE marker to aid quick location of both the user and the area of the fire alarm condition.
High Rise Plan
On many high-rise buildings, multiple floors can have an almost identical layout. To enable the floors to be displayed as large as possible to show all the circulation areas clearly, this method is often used. This shows the similar floor layouts as one ‘typical’ plan with the levels and their corresponding fire alarm zones shown on the elevation view of the property.
On larger industrial or retail sites, a site plan is the more beneficial way to show all the zones associated with the fire alarm system. Where the individual buildings have their own smaller fire alarm system, each will have their own fire alarm zone plan too.
Why are they needed?
The fire alarm zone plans are essential to translate the illuminated zone LED on the fire alarm control panel into an identifiable area of the building, to facilitate the quickest and safest response to an alarm condition.
In accordance with BS5839-1:2017, when a competent person or company carries out the maintenance on any fire alarm system it is required that a missing zone plan should be recorded as a major non-compliance.