Post Grenfell Fire Safety skills crisis exposed by London Fire Brigade

London Fire Brigade says there will be an increase in serious building fires unless the construction industry starts to take fire safety more seriously. The responsibility for ensuring buildings are constructed with proper fire safety measures sits with the construction…

UK Fire Sector Federation President calls for new National Fire Safety Agency

Fire Sector Federation (FSF) President Brian Robinson delivered the keynote address at the Fire Summit in London on 11 October offering his views on the way forward for fire safety following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. He declared that the fire…

Fire safety for vulnerable people

Fire statistics in many countries show that a majority of the victims of fatal fires belongs to groups in the society that can be categorized as vulnerable, and efforts to prevent this must be efficiently targeted. Background In 2015 SP…

NFPA encourages prompt disposal of Christmas trees and safe removal of lights

Dragging your heels on taking down the Christmas tree? Here’s a fact that may motivate you: Nearly 40 percent of U.S. home fires that begin with Christmas trees occur in January. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is strongly encouraging…

‘The Dangers of DIY Fire Safety’

It is sometimes easy to occasionally forget that we work in an industry in which lives are at stake. But every time I or a member of my team comes across a business with a huge gap in fire safety…

Fire Acts

Understanding different fire safety acts throughout the United Kingdom is something that every individual must take part in. Typically, most locations in the United Kingdom are well known for handing the responsibility for fire safety to the individuals that either…

Parliamentary reception hears of need to include fire safety in building design

Fire safety remains a vital component of new building designs in an age of increasing demand and state-of-the-art construction methods and materials, a Parliamentary reception heard. The reception examined what the fire-related challenges and opportunities are in the built environment…

Fire safety in wind power stations an unexplored area

Wind power is a growing source of renewable energy in Europe. Therefore, optimization and the opportunity of reducing disruptions in wind energy production are of great interest. Fire is one threat to wind energy production that, until now, has almost…

Fire Safety – the weakest link

In today’s world of innovative and increasingly challenging building design, it has never been more important to consider fire safety as an intrinsic part of the overall building design process. Life safety is paramount and cannot be compromised in any…

Getting smarter about fire safety

Smart devices are starting to revolutionise our daily lives. In fact, we are so used to talking and hearing about them that we almost take the rapid rate of technological change for granted. Smartphones, tablets and iPads are ubiquitous of…

Working Towards Meeting Global Fire Safety Standards

Not so long ago, fire safety codes and standards only existed in the more industrialized nations. But a lot has changed in just a little bit of time. Today more governments, fire and life safety officials, manufacturers and nonprofit organizations…

Choosing a fire extinguishing system – a best practice guide

Choosing and specifying the most appropriate fire extinguishing system for the right location can be a complex and often bewildering task. There’s probably never been more choice on the market, representing a variety of different approaches, plus there are an…

Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings

Very tall buildings have unique fire safety design issues that are not experienced in other types of structures. For example, because the height of the structure is beyond the reach of ladders, tall buildings are equipped with more fire safety…

Escaping from Prison Fires

When fire breaks out in a highly-populated building, the first priority is to ensure occupant safety, normally by quick evacuation. But what happens when the purpose of that building is to prevent people from being evacuated? That’s one of the…

Designing for Fire Safety – New Wiring Regulations

We are now past the 1st July 2015 deadline for installers being compliant with a new wiring regulation in the UK to secure cables of all categories in escape routes by non-combustible means. The problem has been that many types…

Fire Safety made easy with Freedor

Premises with a big influx of people such as offices, restaurants and residential homes can as expected, get very busy. Fire doors are safety devices which help prevent the spread of fire. They are a critical part of safety precautions…

Fire Safety Teamwork and Effective Communication

Providing an acceptable level of fire safety in a building or process area requires effective teamwork and communication from all interested parties, with proper support from management and administration. This article highlights how the teamwork must be effective by highlighting…

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