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Figure 2: FLS-IR3-H2-HD flame detector. Images supplied by Author / Contributor
Becoming green and the challenges for optical flame detection

We are all too aware of the drivers to become greener. In some cases, the…

UK housing stock. Images supplied by Author / Contributor
Regulation changes for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms will ensure greater protection

On 23 November 2021 the government in England published the results of a consultation proposing…

Remote testing system setup for a FireDos GEN III proportioner. Images supplied by Author / Contributor
GEN III Smart Proportioner – remote testing system

Regular testing and maintenance ensure a maximum service life and functional and failure-related safety of…

Figure 2: Electrode A and B are coaxially placed around the centre cylinder where the signal amplification circuit is embedded inside the cylinder. Images supplied by Author / Contributor
Principle and application of aspirating smoke detectors (ASDs) with an innovative method for very early fire alarms – Part 1

From the earliest laser to particle-counting methods, air-sampling aspirating smoke detectors (ASDs) for very early…

Available in modular or multi-zone fire configurations all utilising the latest technology from Reacton. Images supplied by Author / Contributor
Approved fire suppression for electrical cabinets and data panels

Electrical fires are incredibly challenging to predict and once started, if left to burn undetected,…

Smoke billowing out from the Blackwall Tunnel. Images supplied by Author / Contributor
Innovative firefighting and ventilation in tunnels

The combination of low-pressure mist systems and jet fans with shaped silencers delivers dramatic improvements…

Essential life safety and firefighting systems in buildings must work as a system, protecting occupants in case of emergency Images supplied by Author / Contributor
Reasonable skill and care or fit for purpose?

The term ‘fitness for purpose’ means there is an implied condition that the product or…

The first step in firestop installation is understanding the system. The firestopping system depends on how big the penetrating item (pipe) is, how deep the sealant is installed, how big the annular space is, if a sleeve or insulation can be present, and a lot more. Fire-resistance looks easy to install, until systems are reviewed and limitations are known. Image courtesy of FCIA
Maintaining fire-resistance protection in multi-family and other occupancies

To some degree, existing fire-resistance-rated assemblies and their components have been forgotten. That’s what this…

Figure 11. Discharge from Uni 86 Monitor nozzle – note ‘rope’ of foam – and consequent heavy impact. Images supplied by Author / Contributor
Ensuring that fire testing of new-generation foams is relevant to real applications 
The transition to fluorine-free foams is arguably the greatest issue currently facing industrial firefighters, particularly…
Making a premises fully compliant is vital; effective fire safety is an essential priority. Images supplied by Author / Contributor
Playing with fire: how to make your premises fire-safety compliant

Fire suppression is the one investment we hope we never have to use. It’s easy…

ADD testing apparatus with obstructions.
Hampering sprinkler effectiveness

There’s a joke in the sprinkler and storage industries that you don’t design an early…

The term ‘char fall-off’ refers to charred pieces of the exposed lamella detaching from the timber structure and falling off, such as this CLT sample shows after burning under exposure to external heating of 20kW/m² and structural loading (Left: Front view. Middle: Side view). Exemplary pieces of char fall off collected from the floor of the setup after testing (Right).
Understanding char loss and fall-off for fire-safe design of timber structures

Engineered timber is in high demand while the awareness of environmental pressures is growing. Worldwide…

NFPA 409, 2022 edition allows for alternative fire protection methods and options.
Alternatives to foam for hangar fire protection

For the past several years a perfect storm has been brewing within the aviation hangar…

The renowned Main Concourse of New York City’s Grand Central Terminal.
Advancing fire protection in historic structures

Historic structures may seem to be an unlikely setting for contemporary advances in fire protection,…

Aircraft in a hangar looking at an auxiliary power unit (APU).
An innovative flame detector solution for helidecks and aircraft hangars

Applications that demand heightened immunity to false alarms include the use of helicopters offshore and…

Figure 1. A major fire at a chemical blending firm in Waxahachie, Texas, in October 2011 resulted in a total loss to the plant. A nearby community college and elementary school had to be evacuated.
New solutions help solve the fire risks posed by IBCs

In early October 2011, as news helicopters patrolled overhead, fire and explosions destroyed a chemical…

FireDos proportioner GEN Ill (Current standard design).
Smart proportioner GEN III – remote monitoring system

As practised for decades in fire protection systems, the procedure to check the functionality of…

Other building types are not covered by the change to sprinkler requirements.
One rule for one, and one for another

A fire that tore through the Cube high-rise student accommodation in 2019 is a stark…

Elastopipe™ undergoing jet fire testing.
Rubber-based flexible fire water piping increases safety in the global oil and gas industry

Safety is a key priority for all industries, especially for the operators of onshore and…

Modes of operation charge/discharge according to cell temperature.
From brakes to lights – how the ABS brake approach needs to be adopted in the emergency lighting sector

Emergency lighting normally accounts for 25–30% of the luminaires in a typical commercial project. It…

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