Relevant standards are BS7671 and BS7909.
HBC fusing (or alternatively a circuit breaker which is specifically made to operate with extra-low voltage at the voltage level you are using - see below) as near as possible to the battery terminals is highly recommended, due to the very high prospective short-circuit current at the battery terminals.
Sub-fusing should be provided with the same type of fuse, or alternatively using something like "blade" fuses for 30A and lower circuits.
All fuses, switches, circuit breakers, etc., should be rated for the voltage you are using (12 or 24 V d.c. I'd assume from your post ?). If ordinary mains devices are used, you may find "welded contacts", or, in the event of a short-circuit, melted parts. Equipment suitable for Automotive/Caravan, or alternatively Automation Systems, would be ideal.
If you're running supplies from an Inverter, at "low voltage", then you would be advised to check against the relevant parts of BS7909 and BS7671. Protection depends on your "means of earthing" of the inverter (or whether it's generally going to be IT, i.e. effectively insulated from the general mass of earth).
EUR ING Graham Kenyon CEng MIET TechIOSH
Principal and Proprietor,
G Kenyon Technology