Fire Safety

Learning from the Grenfell Tower Tragedy

Frank Bertie

The tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire highlighted the deep issues faced by social housing in the UK and sparked an outcry of discussion. In particular, the causes of the fire have spurred intense debate, as it was revealed by police that the fire started in a fridge freezer due to an electrical fault. 

 

This, coupled with the fact that the tower had been blighted with electrical issues for many years, raises serious concerns about the state of electrical safety in rented housing across the UK. NAPIT have long campaigned for electrical safety and are intent on raising awareness by outlining key ways of ensuring electrical safety in order to prevent future disasters.

One Alarm For All Fire Types

Alarm in house

It’s common knowledge that the utilisation of smoke alarms helps save lives and homes. However, traditional solutions, such as ionisation and optical smoke alarms, offer contrasting benefits that can make correct specification confusing and difficult. James King, Sales Director at Sprue Safety Products, discusses how SONA by FireAngel is utilisingthe technology used and trusted by the UK Fire and Rescue Service to drive the mains smoke alarm market towards a simplified alternative.

 

The Fire and Rescue Service is called out to approximately 50,000 domestic fires per annum, leading to almost 500 deaths and 11,000 injuries caused by fire. From these statistics it’s quite simple to see the importance of smoke alarms, meaning correct selection is absolutely essential. 

Major new fire and security apprenticeship launches

apprenticeship launches

Industry unites to announce start of new trailblazer apprenticeship standard

The fire, emergency and security systems apprenticeship trailblazer has officially launched this week during a major industry event held at the UBM offices in London. The majority of candidates are now expected to formally start their apprenticeship in September this year.

The event was jointly organised by the apprenticeship employers group, alongside the Fire and Security Association (FSA), the Fire Industry Association (FIA) and the British Security Industry Association (BSIA).

HobSafe helps to avoid costly mistakes

Leaving a hob switched on can prove very costly! 

At best, a waste of energy, at worst, the unthinkable! But, in between, consider the inconvenience and time wasted for fire crews when an alarm is raised in non-emergency situations. This happens with monotonous regularity. Some fire services now charge for unnecessary call outs, particularly if they occur regularly. Not only is this costly but can also compromise ‘real’ emergencies.

Cookers left on is one of the most common causes of fire and a major problem for the fire service. 

HobSafe, is a timer that prevents hobs being left on should the cook be distracted. The simple to use, easy to install device switches the hob off after a predetermined time, ensuring the kitchen is left safe.

Gripple responds to new amendment in fire resistance wiring regulations

Trapeze-Plus-FR

 

Gripple Limited, the world-beating manufacturer of wire suspensions for building services installation, has taken cable management to yet another level in response to new wiring regulations where fire resistant suspended services are required.

The company has launched the specifically developed Trapeze Plus FR No. 3 to comply with amendment 3 of the 17th edition wire regulations relating to wiring systems in escape routes. This applies to cabling and containment systems which must be protected to ensure they are not prone to premature collapse in the event of fire. 

“Huge Value” in New Home Safety Guidance

New Home Safety Guidance documents have been warmly welcomed by various UK Fire and Rescue Services as an invaluable tool in outlining the safety checks which should be considered by landlords for their properties. The guidance is available at various landlord and tenant events that are being hosted across the country to raise awareness of the new smoke and carbon monoxide alarm regulations that come into effect on 1st October.   “Between 2013 and 2014, dwellings with no smoke alarm accounted for 38 per cent of deaths in home fires in Great Britain, and nearly one fifth of deaths occurred where no smoke alarm worked [1],” said Andy Reynolds, Lead Officer for Electrical Safety for the Chief Fire Officers Association.