Fire Safety

The company running a care home in South London has recently been fined £90,000 and ordered to pay costs of £15,000 for breaching fire safety regulations after the death of a resident.  A fire was discovered in the room of a 78-year-old pensioner, Mrs McDonald, after her cries for help were heard by members of staff. She suffered severe burns and sadly passed due to her...

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The recent devastation caused by the fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral is indeed a tragedy, with priceless heritage now lost forever as a result of this. Though the cause of this tragic fire in Paris has yet to be established, we must consider that the building works that were in progress are a strong contender. This fire therefore also serves as a stark reminder of...

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With Christmas just around the corner many of us will be waking up to the gift of a wonderful new device to play with. Perhaps electrical safety may not be our first thought on Christmas morning when we unwrap our new gadgets, or any time we pick up a new electrical item, but is extremely important for ensuring the safety of yourselves and your loved...

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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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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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[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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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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You are responsible for fire safety in business all workplaces and commercial premises, all premises the public have access to and the common areas of multi-occupied residential buildings, if you’re:   an employer the owner the landlord an occupier anyone else with control of the premises, for example a facilities manager, building manager or managing agent   If so, you’re known as the ‘responsible person’ and as the...

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