2017 International Water Mist Conference

This year’s International Water Mist Conference will take place in Rome, Italy, on 25th and 26th October. The venue will be the Barceló Aran Mantegna Hotel. The programme, which features a manifoldness of topics, is now online. The presentations that…

Female Engineers Accelerate Construction Productivity

In recognition of International Women in Engineering Day, Susan Schierwagen, Engineering Vice President for Coupling & Fire Suppression Systems at Victaulic, the world’s leading manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining systems shares how she and Victaulic are forging a path to…

Kiwa tests NOFIRNO sealing system successfully for use in explosion-risk environments

Sealing systems are used in a whole range of sectors, from offshore and shipbuilding to construction and industry. ATEX directive requirements can be imposed for specific uses in environments where there is a risk of explosion. Kiwa has thus investigated…

Greek’s Biggest Mobile Operator Chooses Advanced Protection

An industry-leading intelligent fire system from Advanced is now protecting one of the most prominent buildings in Greece’s second city, Thessaloniki. Founded in 1998, Cosmote is the largest mobile network operator in Greece, and the company’s complex in the centre…

Evac+Chair International’s MBO embraces team in future growth

Evac+Chair International, the market leader in manufacturing life safety products, has been bought out by business partners Gerard Wallace and Ian Thompson. The business was bought utilising outside funding, having acquired the shares from the previous owner and managing director…

It’s a ‘Lean & Mean’ Voice Alarm Machine!

4EVAC is delighted to present its Compact 500 Voice Alarm at FIREX, in London’s ExCel, 20-22 June 2017, on stand E90. With over 30 years experience, 4EVAC is in tune with the exacting specifications required to meet contemporary fire and…

Grenfell Tower: ASFP statement

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) wishes to convey its sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower tragedy and to pay tribute to the bravery and professionalism of the fire service.…

Book Review: I Can’t Save You, But I‘ll Die Trying: The American Fire Culture

I Can’t Save You, But I’ll Die Trying: The American Fire Culture is a collection of essays representing years of fire-service experience including operations, prevention, education, safety, leadership, culture, and philosophy giving readers, both civilian and firefighters, a new understanding…

Urgent recommendations for EU policy changes following Grenfell Tower fire

Fire Safe Europe offers its sincere condolences to the families of victims and conveys its deepest sympathy to those injured or otherwise affected by the devastating Grenfell Tower fire in London. We also commend the excellent work of the firefighters,…

FSF renews calls for ADB review with new campaign brochure

The Fire Sector Federation is continuing its long-running campaign for a review of Approved Document B (ADB) to the Building Regulations, following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire The Federation has produced a brochure, “Why does Approved Document B need to…

Grenfell Tower Fire: Statement from the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE)

The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) wishes to send its condolences to all of those who have been affected in this week’s Grenfell Tower tragedy. We extend our thoughts to the emergency services who showed extreme courage and professionalism whilst…

Grenfell Tower Fire: Statement from the Fire Sector Federation

The Fire Sector Federation (FSF) wishes to send its condolences to all those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy. We also wish to praise the fire service for its prompt and professional response. Although a fire on such a scale…

Opening the door to fire safety

Fire doors prevent the spread of fire and smoke through a building. They are specially designed to withstand fire for a certain amount of time (minimum 30 minutes) to protect the safety of building occupants and provide a safe route to get out of the building.

All fire doors should be closed in the event of a fire. This is usually achieved with a self-closing device or free-swing device. Fire doors are a vital part of a building’s fire strategy, and they can only do their job if they are closed. A wedged or propped open fire door prevents a fire door from closing, and therefore renders the fire door useless.

The safety of occupants cannot be guaranteed if a fire door is wedged open. And legally, if a building’s responsible person is judged to be putting someone’s life at risk by wedging fire doors open, they could suffer penalties.

Hochiki Europe offers industry and tech insight at Firex 2017

Hochiki Europe – the leading manufacturer of life safety solutions –  will be on stand D100 at this year’s FIREX International on 20th – 22nd June, offering expert insight on key industry issues and showcasing an extensive range of its…

FLIR Griffin G510 Portable Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer

FLIR Systems have recently announced the Griffin G510 Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS), its first person-portable chemical identifier. The FLIR Griffin G510 enables military and civil responders to easily sample all phases of matter, including solid, liquid, and vapor, to rapidly…

Evac+Chair International delivers stairway safety solution for Stoke City FC

As one of the Premier League football clubs committed to complying with the requirements for disabled access set out in Accessible Stadia, Stoke City has chosen stairway evacuation chairs supplied by Evac+Chair to provide safe means of exit for supporters…

Oil and Gas Asia APAC debut for the new E2S ultra-bright low energy GRP LED beacon

E2S Warning Signals are supporting its distributor Siegertech Engineering (M) Sdn. Bhd. on Stand 7093 at Oil and Gas Asia, 11 – 13 July 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The show is the APAC launch of the latest addition to the…

A new method for firestopping construction joints

Primary purposes of firestop installations include protecting the overall structure of a building and protecting the lives inside it.

Incorrectly installed firestopping products pose a challenge to both those objectives. Even though most installers know building requirements and codes well and can be highly skilled, mistakes can still be made.

Firestopping is a dynamic, changing field. The industry has gotten better at identifying the causes of building fires and developing ways to prevent them. As building codes become more stringent, proper firestopping becomes more essential to pass inspection and keep people safe. As the industry evolves, shouldn’t our firestopping products evolve as well, so that we can meet those regulations without sacrificing efficiency in application and inspection?

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