Fire protection : The 3 benefits of the new APSAD R5 fire hose rule

The APSAD R5 rule, which governs the installation of the RIA (Fire Hoses), changed last September offering more clarity and precision. What does this mean for your fire protection? Answer in 3 key points.

30 Dec 2018

Improved sizing of facilities

While the regulation provides that 2 fire hoses must be able to reach any point of a site, the simultaneous operation of 4 fire hoses was imposed. Today, the APSAD R5 standardizes its requirements and only the operation of 2 fire hoses is necessary. The speed of water circulation in the pipes has also been increased from 3m/sec to 6m/sec.

Benefits of these changes:

  • new installations will be smaller (pipe diameter, water source capacity, water reserve, etc.),
  •  installation and hardware costs will logically be lower,
  • the weight on ceilings will be lighter, a benefit in building design for example,
  • lighter installations generate less fatigue and musculoskeletal disorders for our assemblers

Improved Precision

The requirements related to the network support have been deepened and clarified, for example points of attachment and their spacing, quantity, dimensioning, mechanical resistance etc.

The APSAD R5 also goes into much more detail regarding requirements related to maintenance, in particular for parts, and is centered on the obligation of result more than on the means to be implemented.

Improved chance of obtaining the certificate of conformity

All premises in a building must previously have been protected by fire hoses. Under certain conditions, the new rule APSAD R5 allows for exceptions to smaller premises (electrical rooms for example) and premises made of fireproof materials.

It is also now possible to limit protection to certain buildings or premises on a site, for example those essential to the activity. These exceptions require a certificate of compliance, which was not the case before.

Released in September 2018, the APSAD R5 rule will be enforced on 1 June 2019. Uxello nevertheless encourages you to put into place this new regulation now! For more information, contact one of our experts.


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