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There has been a rise in the number of fatal fires caused by smoking according to the London Fire Service, and many of these incidents could have been prevented had certain precautions been taken. The vast majority of deaths in this instance are caused by spent matches, discarded lighters and cigarettes that hadn’t been extinguished… Read more »

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It’s a worrying statistic but over 50% of domestic house fires are caused by electrical devices which are either faulty or subject to misuse. Many of these items are located in the kitchen, but other areas of the house can be at risk, and this can lead to devastating consequences. Without suitable fire protection, your… Read more »

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Water mist fire suppression systems have become increasingly popular over the past few years, but many people still don’t know exactly what water mist systems are. This fixed fire protection system works by discharging water through a specially designed nozzle that diffuses the water into a fine spray of very small micro droplets to produce… Read more »

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It’s stipulated in Building Regulations that dry risers are requires in all occupied building that are 18m or taller. They’re also included in other buildings, such as multilevel basements, car parks and access limited hospital corridors. In an emergency, fire services use dry riser systems to distribute water to the different levels of a building…. Read more »

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“Safer High Rise Living… the Callow Mount Sprinkler Retrofit Project” is a major report, published by BAFSA in 2012, which demonstrated that it is cost effective and practical to retrofit automatic fire sprinklers in existing high-rise tower blocks in particular in those constructed between 1950 & 1970. Download “Safer High Rise Living… the Callow Mount… Read more »

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In 2012 BAFSA demonstrated that it is cost effective and practical to retrofit automatic fire sprinklers in existing high-rise tower blocks in particular in those constructed between 1950 & 1970. In a pilot project, which installed automatic fire sprinklers in a 13 storey, 1960s tower block in Sheffield – Callow Mount, BAFSA demonstrated once and… Read more »

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In light of the terms of reference for the official Grenfell public inquiry and expert panel appointed to advise Government on immediate fire safety action the Fire Sector Federation (FSF) has made an offer to Government to assist. It is calling on Government to listen to the experience and expertise of the Federation’s membership, who… Read more »

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You may have heard of an incident at the Globe Theatre in London recently where the ‘sprinkler’ system reportedly malfunctioned causing the shows to be cancelled. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/drama-at-shakespeares-globe-theatre-evacuated-during-performance-of-a-midsummer-nights-dream-a3267076.html Thanks To Nick Coleshill of LFB it now appears that the theatre has a drencher system which covers the thatched roof and this automatically activates if the fire… Read more »

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On Friday 27th May 2016 a fire involving a wok occurred in the kitchen of a house in Corby, Northamptonshire. This was at a sprinklered development of a number of homes set back from the main road. The report says that ‘last Friday night our customer was cooking with a wok, things got out of hand and the… Read more »

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n the early hours of Wednesday 4th May 2016 a disturbed patient set fire to bedding then activated the sprinkler head in their single room within a ward area of a large 15 storey, 200m x 200m hospital in Glasgow. The sprinkler extinguished the fire at an early stage with only the bed, bedding, ceiling… Read more »