How at Risk are Tower Blocks from Fire?

Following the Grenfell Tower fire last year, the government has asked for widespread fire risk assessments of tower blocks across the country. The results are unsettling with trade magazine Inside Housing reporting that hundreds of tower blocks in England have safety flaws. While, after Grenfell Tower, cladding remains and important issue, there are other flaws reported that could lead to blazes spreading and engulfing entire buildings. Inadequate Standards Fire risk assessments at 436 social housing blocks revealed that 268 of them had damaged fire doors, or fire doors which would not close properly or were of an inadequate standard. This is nearly a…

FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!

Fires and fire related deaths are rising! For the second year running there has been an increase in the number of fire incidents.  There has also been an increase in the number of people that have died as the result of being involved in a fire – even if you remove the stats relating to Grenfell, the death toll from fires has still increased! (more…)

Do You Need to Urgently Reassess Fire Risk?

Following the catastrophic Grenfell Tower fire, many people are asking tough questions about the effectiveness of fire risk assessments. The BBC has reported, in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire, that many local councils’ fire risk assessments (FRAs) do not consider things such as external cladding, which was the cause of the Grenfell Tower blaze spreading. If fire risk assessments are to be more than a box-ticking exercise, should fire risk assessors be doing more? Should they reassess fire risk Deficiencies in High Rise FRAs While councils have been conducting FRAs across the country resulting from the Grenfell fire, there are concerns…

Are White Goods a Serious Fire Risk?

A report from UK fire chiefs last year identified household appliances as a serious fire risk. They believe that only one in five identifiably faulty appliances is returned to the manufacturers. Government statistics show that faulty household appliances cause around 4,000 fires a year. There have been recent product recalls and warnings to do with tumble dryers, but other white goods such as dishwashers, washing machines and even fridges and freezers can pose a fire risk. Should your fire risk assessment account for white goods? White Goods Igniting Given that plenty of workplaces also contain white goods in kitchen, canteen and staff rest…

What a Professional Fire Risk Assessment Reveals

There are no shortcuts to an effective fire risk assessment: you might think you can save time and money by doing it yourself, basing it on information you’ve looked up online, but how sure can you be that you won’t have missed something? With a fire risk assessment. you must be sure. It is the fire safety cornerstone, the fundamental foundation for it. This means it is not just about compliance, but being sure about your fire safety. Alarms, Signs and Exits A competent, qualified fire risk assessor will spot where things have been missed, or fire risk issues not properly understood. One…

Come and see us at the Big Bolton Expo on Tuesday!

We are exhibiting at the BIG BOLTON EXPO on 28th March 2017 at The Bridge Conference Centre, Bradford Street, Bolton BL2 1JX from 4.30 -8pm and we would love you to come along. Its one of the best Business Events to take place in Bolton and we don't want you to miss out. You will have the chance to meet 85 Exhibitors, take part in speed networking, enjoy free refreshments and supper and lots more. You never know who you may meet that would be a great help to you and of course VICE VERSA. IF YOU ADVANCE REGISTER, YOU CAN SAVE YOURSELF £10 ON THE DOOR FEE. Here is the link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/big-bolton-expo-spring-2017-… We look forward to catching up with you at the event. We are on stand 58. Thanks Sue & Helena

What are Common Workplace Fire Hazards?

The Home Office’s Fire Statistics Monitor has recorded that there were over 300 fire-related fatalities in England during 2015-2016. Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) attended around 162,000 fires, with a 3% increase in fires in non-residential buildings. While the overall increase in fires comes from deliberately started fires, actual fatalities from fires are from accidental fires. The threat from fire in the workplace is real, and widespread. There are plenty of common fire hazards – so common, in fact, that they are easily overlooked, which is why a fire risk assessment can be so critical in the workplace. On-site Waste Material Most…

Are You in Danger from Combustible Dust?

When it comes to fire risk assessment, there is one thing that is hard to spot, that can be all around you, and can cause fires. That is combustible dust. In 2008 there was a huge explosion at a sugar refinery in near Savannah, Georgia in the USA. There were 14 deaths and 36 injuries. A massive accumulation of combustible sugar dust throughout the building fuelled the explosion. Dust, therefore, can be deadly, and is regarded as a major potential fire hazard. Types of Combustible Dust Organic or inorganic dust particles, finely ground, and airborne can be hazardous when exposed to an oxidising…

What is the Role of Passive Fire Protection?

Most people will be familiar with at least some of the apparatus of fire-fighting – extinguishers, sprinklers, water buckets – but effective fire suppression in buildings also requires measures that will minimise the spread of fire, should it occur. Passive fire protection helps ensure that general fire precautions are backed by built-in elements to restrict the growth of fire and fumes. A thorough fire risk assessment will identify requirements for passive fire protection, and assess existing measures to see if they are sufficient. Passive and Active Systems Active fire protection systems include two key elements: fire detectors and fire suppressants. Detectors will…

How Can You be Fire Safety Compliant?

When it comes to fire risk assessment, if there’s a fire alarm, or an actual fire, it’s vital that you know people will follow the correct procedure for evacuation. Following an established fire drill is one thing, but in situations where the unexpected happens, the danger is that a kind of mob mentality can take over. This means those evacuating go with the flow, rather than following a plan, and accidents happen as people are trampled or crushed in the rush to escape. Many people are unaware of the fire safety regulations governing their workplace, or worse, will choose to ignore…