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BSI revises fire safety standard for commercial buildings

BSI, the business standards company, has revised BS 9999:2017 Fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings – Code of practice. The revised standard is intended to provide good practice to safeguard the lives of building occupants and ...

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False alarm

According to the UK’s Fire Industry Association, false fire alarms cost £1 billion a year, a London fire engine is called to a false alarm every 12 minutes and across England fire and rescue services attended 293,100 false alarms in ...

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Swiftclean helps property managers comply with fire and smoke damper testing

Swiftclean Building Services’ dedicated Fire and Smoke Damper Testing service has been coming to the aid of property managers in recent months, as the sharpened focus of Health & Safety authorities and Fire Brigades has created a new challenge for ...

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On the attack

In an increasingly unsafe world, building operators and their security teams must plan for the worst, says Robert Clark of Templewood Training Services This summer’s widely reported attack on the shopping centre in Munich highlights the risk property owners and ...

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New smartphone app cuts risk of fire injury and fire door fines

Facility managers are risking the safety of visitors and staff and fines of up to £2,000 per incident by failing to ensure fire doors are unlocked and unblocked. Penalties can reach £100,000 for multiple offences from a single fire safety ...

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Interserve protects £1 million of fire and water safety work

Interserve has secured contract extensions worth over £1 million to deliver fire and water safety services to a number of existing customers. Yorkshire Water, which Interserve delivers regional fire services for – maintaining over 4,000 fire extinguishers and 700 alarm systems – ...

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Make the Light SWITCH

Emergency lighting can be a lifeline for people trying to find their way out of a building if mains lighting fails, and this is particularly important in the event of a fire. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which ...

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ASFP launches new website

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has launched a new website which features a contemporary design and improved navigation, aimed at improving the visitor experience to ensure they find the passive fire protection advice and information they need. The ...

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Trading standards sends out warning over silent killer

Private sector landlords have been advised by the Trading Standards Service to regularly test smoke and CO alarms in all rented properties after independent tests found that eight out of 10 failed British Standards tests. New legislation which comes in ...

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Friendly fire

Between 2013 and 2014 the UK Fire and Rescue Services attended over 200,000 fires. Over 10 per cent of these were not house fires and across the country 322 people died fire related deaths. In this article Richard Nichols, technical ...

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