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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.

Here is a quick overview for specifying a fire detection and fire alarm system:

Grades of system – There are 6 Grades of system, from A to F, with A being the most comprehensive fire detection system. (e.g. what the system comprises).

Category of system – Fire detection systems are divided into different Categories that relate to the level of protection the system provides (e.g. where the detectors are fitted).

Smoke alarm positioning to meet Building Regulations

Building Regulations vary throughout the UK, and so specify different levels of fire safety when installing fire alarm systems. Please refer to:

  • England and Wales – Building Regulations Document B
  • Scotland – Fire Technical Handbook – Domestic
  • Northern Ireland – Technical Handbook

All Building Regulations recommend:

  • Fire detection systems in residential dwelling should be provided in accordance with the relevant recommendations of BS 5839-6.
  • All alarms should be mains powered with battery back-up and interlinked to ensure audibility throughout property
  • (As outlined in BS 5839-6) smoke alarms positioned in circulation areas should be of optical type (or multi-sensor type incorporating an optical sensor).

Here at Firechief, we want you to feel safe. Our mission is to work hard every day to protect lives and property from fire by providing a range of fire safety products that can be trusted to perform when the heat is on.

That’s why as a manufacturer of fire safety products, we focus on quality, reliability and high performance. Bearing the distinctive Firechief brand, our products are UK-designed to be visibly safer and set the standard both in the UK and overseas for top quality, UK-approved fire equipment.

Firechief products carry a range of accreditations such as the BSI Kitemark, LPCB approval, MED certification, CE mark and Apragaz QA.

For more information on our safety products, click here.

To speak to our team, call: 0330 999 0019


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

Firechief to show Innohome Stove Guard at Naidex 2019

Firechief is exhibiting at this weeks Naidex exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham.

The event takes place on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th March and is the UK’s biggest and best disability and independent living event.

Firechief will be on stand N11003 exhibiting the Innohome Stove Guard, which stops kitchen fires before they start! As over half of house fires start in the kitchen, this award-winning and intelligent fire safety solution prevents fires by turning off the cooker’s power supply and is ideal for helping give vulnerable and disabled people the ability to live safely and independently in their own home. Read More

teaching kids

Teaching Your Kids About Fire Safety

Domestic fires pose a significant risk to children. Every year, over 400 children under the age of eleven are injured and four lose their lives in accidental fires in the home in England. Most domestic fires are caused purely by accident. But they could also be caused by mistake, as a result of our own actions including a child’s natural curiosity to fire, electrical and heat appliances at home.

It is essential to educate your children on the risks of a fire at home. It is also important to explain fire safety and how to respond to a fire emergency. Awareness and prevention are the best ways to ensure that your children are safe from accidental, house fires.

Here are some simple but effective fire safety tips to teach your kids. Read More

NEW – Firechief Document Storage Cabinet Video!

The Firechief Document Storage Cabinet is a secure and lockable cabinet which provides adequate space to store A4 ring binders containing your organisation’s important fire safety documentation.

The cabinet comes with a  powder-coated steal finish, is easy to install and is available in two colours; red or white, and users have the option of two different styles of locks to suit their requirements.

Watch the Firechief Document Storage Cabinet video

Firechief launches new Flame Retardant Spray Video

Firechief Flame Retardant Spray is a water-based fire proofing product that will treat any water-absorbent material including natural and synthetic fabrics and is ideal for upholstery and fibres that can easily catch fire.

Perfect for use in theatres, schools and exhibitions, Firechief flame retardant spray inhibits the spread of flames. It is easy to apply and is fast acting, allowing materials to become flame retardant in just seconds.  The effective spray can achieve standards of BS476: parts 6 and 7 for wall coverings, paper and card, as well as BS5867 part 2 for A&B fabrics, and BS5852 part 2 for natural and mixed fibres.

View the Firechief Flame Retardant Spray video