Event details

The Grenfell Tower Inquiry phase 1 report recommended that means should be provided to evacuate people from all high-rise residential buildings. At the end of 2022, the building regulations were changed to make evacuation alert systems (EAS) mandatory in new builds over 18 metres in England and in early 2023, BS 8629, the standard covering these systems was amended.


Andy’s presentation explores the origins of BS 8629 following the Grenfell Tower disaster, starting in Scotland and later being taken up in England. The presentation will also cover:

  • How EAS are a special type of fire alarm system with the fire detection elements omitted, and how the term ‘alert’ is used instead of ‘alarm’ to underline this.
  • Where EAS are needed; and how they should be installed and maintained.
  • The main differences between an EAS and a ‘normal’ fire alarm, such as the need for enhanced cable to ensure operation in a prolonged fire.
  • Why installation and maintenance contractors should be able to demonstrate their competence.
  • Why an EAS is a system of ‘last resort’ that will only be used if the FRS decide the ‘Stay-Put’ strategy has failed.


Key takeaways

Attendees will come away with a clear understanding of:

  • When an EAS is required and how it is intended to be used
  • How EAS differ from ’normal’ fire alarms and how they should be installed
  • How EAS should be maintained over their lifetime

All attendees will receive CPD points.

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Andy Scott

Andy Scott

Projects Director


Andy Scott is projects director at C-TEC. With over 35 years’ experience in the fire alarm industry, Andy has also worked on BSI and CEN fire alarm standards committees for 20 years including the 2019 revision of BS 5839-6 for residential fire alarms.
Brian Sims

Brian Sims


Western Business Media

Brian has served as the Editor of Security Matters since March 2020 having previously occupied the same role for two other titles (namely Security Management Today and Risk UK) at, respectively, UBM and Pro-Activ Publications. Joining the world of security journalism back in 2000 after a decade of writing for an engineering title (ie Building Services Journal, the official journal of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers), Brian – who’s an Honours graduate of the University of Liverpool – has since won several industry awards, among them the British Security Industry Association’s Chairman’s Award for ‘Promoting The Security Industry’ and the Skills for Security Special Award for an ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector’. Further, he has twice been a nominated finalist for the prestigious George van Schalkwyk Award bestowed by The Security Institute, an organisation of which he is an Honorary Fellow.


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