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