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Fire Beater

The best-selling Firechief Fire Beater

Our Fire Beater is ideal to use to put out fires that are in an open area such as grass fires. The Firechief fire beater can also be used to control the direction of small fires and keep them from spreading to undesirable locations.

The Firechief fire beater is one of our best-selling products, the industrial grade rubber acts as a beater to knock out the flames and halt the fire.

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In order to ensure the safety of users it has a red fibreglass handle to allow the beating operation to happen at a distance. Read More

Children’s Safety Week

Child Safety Week is an annual campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented.

In 2019 the Children’s Burns Trust is working alongside CAPT to raise awareness of the number of children that are seriously burned and scalded each year. Many of these accidents are entirely preventable.

The theme for this year’s Child Safety Week is ‘Family life today: where’s the risk?’ It highlights the new dangers facing families today from our modern lifestyles and offers simple solutions to keep children safe. Read More

The rules for fire blankets according to BS EN 1869

Fire blankets might sound simple – but there are plenty of essential rules to follow to ensure that the fire blanket does what it is meant to: smother a fire and put it out.  

In a recent article, published by the Fire Industry Association (FIA) they provide further information on the updated Code of Practice, as well as, how you can ensure you are following the correct steps when commissioning a fire blanket.

If you’re a building owner, a consultant, a fire risk assessor  or just work in the fire industry – then all the below information will help you to be able to select, install, maintain, and commission a fire blanket (or choose someone who can).

First things first: fire blankets are designed to extinguish small fires in and around the kitchen and the home.  In some instances, the blanket alone may not be enough and a portable fire extinguisher may also need to be used – for example fires in small containers where the blanket creates a lid, such as food in a sauce pan or waste in a small bin.  Read More

Housing

Government launches group to give social tenants voice on building safety

According to a recent article published by Inside Housing, the government has launched a new group which will see social landlords and their residents explore ways to improve tenant engagement over building safety.

Social housing tenants are to join their landlords in a new government-backed ‘best practice’ group to look at ways of improving how tenants can communicate concerns over fire and building safety issues in the future.

The government has launched the Social Sector (Building Safety) Engagement Best Practice Group that will see eight social landlords take part.

Housing associations including Clarion, Optivo, Chelmer Housing Partnership and Phoenix Community Housing will be part of the group, with Sheffield City and Stockport Homes also listed as members.

Each social landlord will be joined by one of its residents at the group’s monthly meetings to discuss and agree short-term initiatives to be piloted across the organisations to ensure residents are better informed about the safety of their buildings and have a greater say in work carried out. Read More

Work fire safety

Improving Fire Safety at Work

The 28th of April 2019 introduced the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, inspired by the ILO centenary anniversary and discussions on the future of work, the world day this year attempted to take stock of a 100 years of work in improving occupational safety and health and looks to the future for continuing these efforts. In support of this day, Firechief have put together this blog explaining why fire safety at work is of vital importance.

Fire safety is one of the most important aspects of health and safety, and is something that all businesses, no matter how small, must give some consideration to. Here in the UK, we have wide ranging and strict fire safety laws, and standards that equipment must follow, to the point that fire safety signage and equipment is commonplace and easily recognised.

Fire risks cannot be understated. Thousands of fires occur  in commercial premises each and every year in the UK, with retail distribution centres such as warehouses, and industrial premises the most commonly affected. This costs millions of pounds to rectify, and many businesses struggle to recover following a serious fire.

There’s no debate that fire safety legislation is important – it saves businesses, it keeps people safe from injury, and it also saves lives. There are two main things to think about that demonstrate why the most common types of fire safety practice are so very critical to the everyday running of a business.

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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