Revolutionising Fire Safety

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The power of Self-Test devices and achieving compliance in buildings

Achieving fire safety compliance ensures that the correct action, taken in the event of a fire, can save lives and prevent irreversible fire damage to property. In an industry often resistant to change, the fire safety sector is undergoing a digital transformation that's reshaping how we approach equipment testing and record-keeping. Some manufacturers have started integrating digital services, with a notable innovation being the introduction of “Self-Testing” devices, a game-changer in fire safety.

Leading the charge is Honeywell Gent's multi-award-winning Self-Test, the first EN approved Self-Testing range of fire detectors. But what sets Self-Test apart, and how is it revolutionising the industry?

Self-Test detectors from Honeywell Gent employ an internal module that generates real smoke for functional testing of the optical sensor. A built-in fan ensures the smoke is expelled through designated entry points, allowing unobstructed detection during an actual fire. The internal thermistor is safely heated for the functional testing of the heat sensor. With an integrated Bluetooth Low Energy Emitter (BLE), the detectors link to the cloud-based Connected Life Safety Services (CLSS) mobile app, enabling engineers to effortlessly locate, inspect, and verify device information throughout a building.

When comparing Self-Test to other “Self-Testing” products on the market, there are some crucial questions to consider:

Does it use real heat and smoke for testing?

Yes, it does. Self-Test is currently the only product on the market that tests itself using real smoke and heat. This is important because BS 5839-1:2017 recommends testing with real phenomena for accurate alarm responses, as well as testing all sensing elements of a detector. Self-Test ensures that both the optical and heat sensors are tested simultaneously, achieving compliance.

Does it validate the detection path back to the fire panel?

Yes, when a Self-Test detector is tested, it sends its values to the panel via the loop, and the panel should then generate a fire condition. This proves that a fire signal is generated from the test and that the panel Cause & Effect would be triggered.

Does it incorporate anti-masking technology?

Yes, Self-Test's unique algorithm detects obscuration over time, flagging masked devices for prompt correction by engineers. This is the only product on the market that can perform an anti-masking test in any environment. This is critical to ensuring compliance.

Does it prove the visual inspection?

Yes, Self-Test is currently the only product on the market that can prove an engineer has been within the visual inspection range, due to the BLE beacon within the detector connecting with the CLSS app. This has huge value in achieving compliance and gives peace of mind to building and facilities owners that, should a fire event occur, all detectors have been thoroughly tested and inspected.

Does it eliminate the need for periodic functional pole testing?

Yes, Self-Test removes the requirement for pole testing and fully complies with BS EN 54 and BS 5839-1:2017. With Self-Test’s automated process saving time and reducing building disruption (any size system can be tested in under 35 minutes), competent engineers will find more time to focus on performing thorough visual inspections and carrying out necessary corrective actions. This goes above and beyond achieving minimum compliance.

With fourteen patents to its name (and further patents pending), Honeywell Gent's Self-Test stands at the forefront of digital innovation, paving the way for a safer and more efficient future in fire safety.