Introduction to BS60080:2020 guidance on the placement of detection devices

One of the most challenging issues in Fire and Gas (F&G) detection is deciding: ‘How many detectors do I need, and where do I put them?’ A fair question where traditional detection codes are simply not applicable. Placing heat detectors…

The 2019 edition of NFPA 72 is here. Are you prepared?

The NFPA 72-2019 edition marks the most sweeping changes to this standard in decades. More than 200 updates are included, ranging from minor edits of terminology to major new processes. The broad reach of NFPA 72 impacts architects, engineers, contractors…

Global certification services accelerate time-to-market

There’s no denying that the world of product standards, testing and certifications can be complicated; however, it is also an essential part of ensuring product quality and safety. When it comes to fire detection and alarm systems, the product certifications…

Fire testing of cables is important, but not at the expense of other performance characteristics

Construction projects around the world are rapidly on the rise, as there is significant commercial investment. As development increases, care should be taken to ensure that effective product testing is undertaken, especially in relation to cable products. As much of…

Product compliance – Emergency exits, panic hardware and UL 305

The origins of the panic hardware device are directly tied to an event which occurred in Chicago on December 30, 1903. On this day, approximately two thousand individuals were attending a matinee performance of M. Bluebeard, starring the popular comedian…

Testing times

Ever since the appalling loss of life in the Grenfell Tower disaster, the UK construction industry has been under intense scrutiny, from the types of building materials that we use, to the quality of installation, the way we design, and…

Changes to standards and the effect on detector testing

When fire detection technology evolves to take advantage of new and emerging technologies, the standards that govern the installation and maintenance of such systems also need to evolve. These changes not only drive innovation within the industry, but also ensure…

Getting up to code: Bringing at-risk buildings into a safer environment

Commercial premises face numerous challenges and regulatory expectations regarding fire safety, from small enterprises such as offices, warehouses and factories to high-footfall business such as hotels, bars and restaurants. Yet hundreds of thousands of such premises are still falling short…

British standards for fire testing of electric cables are falling behind

Almost all Life Safety & Fire Fighting systems depend on the reliable function of electric cables during emergency. If these essential cables fail during a fire event, the critical equipment they enable also fails. This could mean that firemen’s lifts,…

Five factors for effective smoke control

Whilst jet fans can be an extremely effective smoke control tool in the event of a car park fire, there is more to designing a system than including as many fans as possible. James Allen, senior fire design and CFD…

New standard sets out minimum level of expertise in fire safety services

A new standard has just been published – but unlike other standards, it does not specify technical aspects such as how a fire safety product should be designed or maintained. Instead, the new standard, EN 16763 ‘Services for Fire Safety…

HFC-based clean fire extinguishing agents: Implications of recent legislation

Since the publication of our article Update on Environmental Regulations and the HFC-based Clean Fire Extinguishing Agents in the September 2015 issue of International Fire Protection, new environmental regulations have been introduced. In this article, we discuss the implications in…

Cooling towers and the need for loss prevention certification

The value of active fire protection systems such as sprinklers is well-known in most industrialized countries. Recognition of fire-limiting construction – passive fire protection – for the building envelope is also growing. Despite these advancements, building owners are still missing…

Turning the building envelope into a fire prevention shield

The role and importance of active fire protection systems such as sprinklers is well known in most industrialized countries. However, the importance of fire-limiting construction for the entire building envelope is not as well understood. Complicating matters further are the…

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