EUROLAB, with its state-of-the-art accredited laboratories and expert team, provides precise and fast testing services within the scope of BS 6853 testing. This British standard provides fire safety recommendations for the design and construction of rolling stock that form or form part of passenger trains.
The systems and materials that make up the fire safety component of a passenger train must remain active throughout the entire operational life of the item. Such systems and materials must be compatible with expected levels of wear and tear during this time, including aging, exposure to weathering, cleanliness and passenger abuse.
Where materials must be replaced during the vehicle's operating life, the replaced materials must meet this standard. Vehicle operators should take this into account to ensure that an appropriate level of fire safety is maintained throughout the life of the vehicle, as reasonably practicable.
The purpose of this standard is to ensure the safety of passengers in the event of a fire on or around the vehicles that make up a vehicle or passenger train.
Fire safety in this environment depends on a number of interconnected measures, which may include: detection and alarm/warning systems, manual or automatic fire suppression systems, emergency lighting and route guidance systems, escape and exit provisions, escape route or exit door widths, security locations , occupancy levels, normal inspection, personnel management of an incident (includes personnel training), control of materials and contents, ventilation, compartmentation and fire resistance.
This standard necessarily focuses on the properties and fire performance of the structures and materials that make up the train, and makes some recommendations on a number of other aspects. However, the engineer must be aware that the fire safety design of the train may need to include all the above measures.
In the event of a fire on a moving train, an emergency evacuation to a final safe location is not possible, and even when the train is stationary, this evacuation can be delayed or prevented, for example by tunnel or viaduct. operational reasons, for example trains moving on adjacent tracks or moving tracks.
Therefore, evacuation is only possible along the train. Such an evacuation can be considered a trip to a relatively safe place.
For trains operating underground, the tunnel itself is often the escape route, but it may not be a relatively safe place if a fire breaks out inside the tunnel that creates smoke and toxic fumes. This will usually apply to an underbody fire where fire barriers can only prevent the fire from entering the vehicle.
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