Author: MFS Manager

Conclusive evidence shows multi-sensor detectors are better at false alarm rejection Research pioneered by the Fire Industry Association and its members has lead to some momentous discoveries in the field of fire detection and alarm: more sophisticated multi-sensor detectors really are more effective at reducing false alarms than the ‘standard’ smoke alarms. The research, conducted on behalf of the FIA by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and...

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Faulty household appliances - primarily washing machines and tumble dryers - account for 60 house fires a week in the UK, consumer group Which? has said. It said the number of fires has stayed roughly the same each year for five years.   It wants the government to draw up a plan to tackle the issue within three months, having set up an Office for Product Safety. However, manufacturers...

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Fatal accidents in the workplace have fallen considerably with a a big drop in fatal injuries at work since 1981. Before then, not all industries were required to report workplace injuries, so the data is patchy. But in the industries that did have to report, deaths fell sharply in the 1970s too. In the year 1986-87 there were 407 fatal accidents in workplaces around Britain. Three decades later...

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Fire Safety Engineering

What you need to do The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO) sets out the law on construction site general fire safety. The FSO requires that a ‘responsible person’ must carry out, and keep up to date, a risk assessment and implement appropriate measures to minimise the risk to life and property from fire. The responsible person will usually be the main or principal contractor in control of...

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Explosives Health & Safety

  The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) has commissioned its research partner, BMG Research, to conduct a major survey amongst employers and workers/employees across Great Britain about health and safety practices at work, and would very much appreciate your time and assistance in completing the survey. Please note the closing date for completing the survey is Wednesday 31 January 2018. The aim of the research is to help...

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Construction giant Carillion is to go into liquidation, threatening thousands of jobs. The move came after talks between the firm, its lenders and the government failed to reach a deal to save the UK's second biggest construction company.   Carillion ran into trouble after losing money on big contracts and running up huge debts. Its failure means the government will have to provide funding to maintain the public services...

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[caption id="attachment_5986" align="alignnone" width="300"] Photo: Sky News[/caption] A serious fire occurred this New year’s Eve at the Echo Arena car park in Liverpool. The fire is believed to have started in one vehicle and quickly spread to the point that the fire service were unable to get sufficient water onto the blaze to extinguish it. At least three levels could be seen alight at the height...

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[caption id="attachment_5997" align="alignnone" width="640"] B&Q Plug Recall Notice[/caption] URGENT PLUG RECALL NOTICE B&Q are recalling two of our remote control on/off plug sets due to a potential fire risk.   They were on sale from September 2014 to November 2017. A small number of these products have shown excessive heat build-up inside the plug, and in some circumstances, this could cause items in contact with them to ignite.   THE TWO PRODUCTS...

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Grenfell Tower Fire Engineering Risk Assessment

Grenfell Tower fire: safety rules failing, says review, calls made by Dame Judith Hackitt   A ‘culture change’ in attitudes 'instead of doing things cheaply' is needed to building safety to prevent further tragedies such as that at Grenfell Tower, according to Dame Judith Hackitt, who is responsible for leading the review into regulations and fire safety.   Dame Judith Hackitt told BBC Radio 4's Today programme people had...

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Fire Safety Doors

Are fire doors are essential for passive fire protection?   Fire doors are essential passive fire protection. Buildings use two main complementary types of fire protection system, passive and active. Passive fire protection refers to elements of the building structure such as doors, floors and walls. So, why are fire doors so important to the system as a whole?   What does passive fire protection mean in the event...

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