Monthly Archives: April 2019

fire safety

The importance of fire safety equipment in your home

Fire safety equipment for the home is important for ensuring your home and family are always safe and well protected. We have written this blog to help you ensure you have equipment that will alert you to a potential emergency, and also help you to combat the potential fire.

There are multiple fire risks in the home. Kitchen fires from unattended cooking; overheating electronic and electrical appliances; open fires and chimneys; faulty electrical wiring or overloaded electrical systems; candles and other open flames; smoking, matches and lighters, flammable liquids and aerosols; and barbeques, to name a few.

Being prepared for a fire starts with taking the necessary steps to make sure you have the proper equipment. Your house should be well-stocked with fire equipment in case of an emergency, and it will also give you the peace of mind that you are protected if a fire unexpectedly starts.

Important fire and overall safety products for your home include a fire escape ladder, smoke detectors, a fire extinguisher, fire blankets and carbon monoxide alarms. Read More

Risk Assessment

How much does a Fire Risk Assessment cost?

A fire risk assessment is a process involving the systematic evaluation of the factors that determine the hazard from fire, the likelihood that there will be a fire and the consequences if one were to occur. This blog will explore how much a fire risk assessment costs and why costs might differ.

Why do we need Fire Risk Assessments?

As the responsible person you must carry out and regularly review a fire risk assessment of the premises used for work. This will identify what you need to do to prevent fire and keep people safe. Additionally, you must keep a written record of your fire risk assessment if your business has 5 or more people.

Carrying out the assessment

A fire risk assessment will help you:

  • Identify the fire hazards.
  • Identify people at risk.
  • Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks.
  • Record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training.
  • Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly.

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Escape Plan

Does your household have an Escape Plan?

We have recently been blogging and posting about checking all your fire safety equipment and ensuring you have the correct fire safety measures. However, this blog will explore how you can put an escape plan in place to keep your family safe.

Most homes differ in layout to the amount of people sharing that home, no single household is the same. Details of your escape plan will therefore depend on everyone’s individual requirements.

It is important to remember that every household should have some sort of escape plan in place just in case the worst was to happen. Hopefully you will never have to use it, but it is important to prepare for it so there is no delay when it is put into action.

If you are concerned about how you would escape from your home in case of fire, don’t worry, help is at hand. No matter how old you are, or what type of house you live in, the fire and rescue service will help you devise an escape plan, free of charge.

If you prefer to create your own, then please follow our safety advice below. Read More

Does your Smoke Alarm positioning meet Building Regulations?

Building Regulations are the minimum standards set for the design, construction and alterations to buildings. Fire safety is one of the key sections within the Building Regulations, it outlines the requirements needed to provide an early warning of fire, protection of escape routes, preventing the spread of fire, and providing access to firefighting facilities for the Fire and Rescue Services.

BS 5839

Fire Building Regulations in the UK point towards BS 5839 as the key code of practice for the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire detection. (BS 5836-6 for domestic, and BS5839-1 for non-domestic).

BS 5839-6:2013 categorises different grades and categories of fire detection systems for different types of building. Generally, the greater the fire risk and the more demanding the application required, the more comprehensive the fire safety system needs to be. Read More

How To Use a Fire Extinguisher

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Fire extinguishers are something you pass by all the time and even if you are familiar with them and know what they look like, have you ever actually given much thought about how you use them? 

While it’s true that using one is mostly common sense, there are some basics you must understand to effectively fight fire.

Most people don’t know how to use a fire extinguisher, including many that have them in their own homes. With an average fire doubling in size every 60 seconds, you don’t have time to be learning on the job.

In this article, you’ll learn the basics that apply to nearly all fire extinguishers, from the different types to how to use them. Read More