It is a legal requirement of a business owner or employer to ensure that sufficient signage is provided where there is a significant risk to health and safety. Safety signs regulations standardise safety signs throughout the EU so that wherever a particular safety sign is given, it portrays the same message. This is to ensure that workers moving from site to site will not be faced with different signs. A large proportion of the safety signs regulations relate to fire signs and in particular to Means of Escape, Fire Action Notices and Fire ID signage which all endorse the relevant parts of British Standard BS 5499. Other requirements for a building’s signage may also be laid out in its Fire Certificate or Fire Risk Assessment.Read More
Discount Fire Supplies have recently added a range of service free fire extinguishers from Britannia. The P50 service free extinguishers are built using design technology pioneered by the motor racing, defence aircraft and aerospace industries. They can be maintained by staff members using a simple two-step programme and only require discharge testing and refilling after ten years.Read More
It has recently been confirmed that a couple found dead on Boxing Day 2013 died from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a portable generator.Read More
The dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning are very well known and fortunately the number of people taking adequate precautions, including the installation of CO alarms, is rising. This being considered the vast majority of alarms are standalone, battery operated alarms with the warning being limited to their integrated sounder.
Despite the British fire alarm standard (BS5839) not specifying the integration of Carbon Monoxide (CO) detection into fire alarm systems, many users would benefit from doing so. Given that CO exposure can be fatal very quickly it makes sense that any detection of the gas should alert users as quickly as possible. The design of a compliant fire alarm system will incorporate audio warning throughout a building therefore providing an ideal platform.
Four homes were recently evacuated when a fire broke out in a garden shed in Wrexham. This situation is more common than people might expect with sheds posing a number of fire safety risks, often containing highly flammable items such as gas cylinders, chemicals, oily rags and electrical items that, if not stored correctly, could cause a fire with devastating consequences.Read More
It seems to be quite a regular occurrence that we have to spend time in familiarisation with some amended or updated guidance document. Of course this is essential, but it leaves us all with the problem of somehow finding out about all the changes taking place. This is a major problem for most of us as there are myriads of application standards and other essential inter-related documents.Read More
How do we decide if flats and apartments need fire alarm systems? This is quite a complicated question and the answer varies according to which type of accommodation it may be, i.e. houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) or self-contained dwellings (flats or apartments), and of course on any specific risks and the number of storeys.Read More
Carbon monoxide is responsible for more than 50 deaths a year in the UK alone and leaves more than 200 people seriously ill. It has no smell or taste making it difficult to detect and it’s for this reason that no home should be without a good, reliable carbon monoxide alarm. This month, to help you keep your friends, families and colleagues safe, Discount Fire Supplies have reduced the price of the Zeta Domestic LED Carbon Monoxide Alarm by nearly 40%.Read More
It seems to be quite a regular occurrence that we have to spend time in familiarisation with some amended or updated guidance document. Of course this is essential, but it leaves us all with the problem of somehow finding out about all the changes taking place. This is a major problem for most of us as there are myriads of application standards and other essential inter-related documents.
One of the current topics of conversation in the industry is the recent release of BS5839 Part 1 2013, which is one of the most essential guidance documents for designers and installers of Fire Detection Systems.Read More
Earlier this month a report was released by Sir Ken Knight CBE QFSM FIFireE in which he outlines his “Findings from the review of efficiencies and operation in fire and rescue authorities in England.”Read More