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02 May 2022

LIFE SAFETY systems manufacturer C-TEC is exhibiting at FIREX International 2022. Taking place at London’s ExCeL from 17-19 May, FIREX International is aimed at specifiers, architects, fire safety specialists, contractors, property developers and housing professionals.

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25 April 2022

LEICESTERSHIRE-BASED company Emergency Evacuation Equipment and Training (3ET) has been shortlisted for a top industry award on the back of ensuring that National Health Service (NHS) patients, visitors and staff are able to evacuate a building safely in the event of an emergency.

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29 March 2022

RESIDENTS OF the College Bank high-rise development in the heart of Rochdale are now being protected by cutting-edge fire safety systems, with wireless devices having been supplied by Hyfire and installed by ABCA Systems.

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28 February 2022

EVAC+CHAIR WILL be showcasing its range of evacuation chairs, including thee latest model (the 900H Power) at The Health and Safety Event, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 5-7 April.

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07 February 2022

ESSENTIAL BUILDING evacuation training accredited by the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) is now available through Triple A Solutions, the fire safety and buildings usage specialist focused on Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs) and fire risk assessments.

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31 January 2022

FOLLOWING ON from two years in which COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on businesses, lives and the economy worldwide, simPRO has pinpointed several key trends that can be expected to impact field service-focused fire safety solutions companies during 2022.

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12 January 2022

FIRE SAFETY solutions provider Chubb has launched a high-rise evacuation alert system designed to assist the UK’s Fire and Rescue Services in safely evacuating people from residential buildings over 18 metres in height.

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15 November 2021

ONE OF the new recommendations in BS 5839-9:2021 for emergency voice communication systems (EVCS) is the provision of a correctly orientated diagrammatic representation of the building showing the master station and outstations. QDOS is actively assisting end users with such vital planning.

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23 September 2021

FOLLOWING ON from an extensive overhaul of the emergency lighting system at Leeds General Infirmary, LuxIntelligent panels supplied by fire and life safety systems manufacturer Advanced are now ensuring ongoing compliance with the BS 5266-1 Code of Practice.

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19 July 2021

TWO SEVEN-storey residential apartment buildings in Cardiff Bay are now protected by evacuation alert systems supplied by Advanced. The EvacGo panels have been installed to meet the criteria set out in the BS 8629 Code of Practice for evacuation alert systems for use by Fire and Rescue Services in England and Wales.

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19 July 2021

THE LATEST release of Zoneworks XT HIVE issued by Clevertronics includes some exciting new features and benefits, among them the deployment of cloud-based technology and intuitive mobile device applications which remove many of the manual touchpoints of emergency lighting system testing.

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27 July 2021

EVAC+CHAIR will be showcasing the latest addition to its range of evacuation chairs – namely the 900H Power – at The Health & Safety Event. The new 24 V, lithium-ion battery-operated motorised evacuation chair is designed for one-person operation and realises a safe and quick method of upward or downward evacuation for building occupants.

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02 July 2021

FIRE AND life safety systems manufacturer Advanced has published its BS 5266-1 Pocket Guide to Emergency Lighting. Developed for individuals and organisations responsible for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of emergency lighting systems, the guide serves as a tool to make compliance with BS 5266-1 quicker and easier.

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04 June 2021

THE UNIVERSITY of Bristol’s emergency lighting upgrade continues with the installation of a further ten LuxIntelligent emergency light testing panels from fire and life safety system solutions developer Advanced.

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16 July 2021

EVAC+CHAIR International has successfully launched its first powered evacuation chair. The new 900H Power evacuation chair reduces manual handling, while also enabling mobility impaired individuals to be evacuated up or down 150 flights of stairs in one charge.

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11 May 2021

THE LATEST line of EasySafe low-voltage, LED emergency luminaires and exit signs from Advanced offers end users “higher performance and greater energy efficiency benefits than ever before”.

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25 April 2021

WITH THE launch of the new version of the Cerberus FIT fire protection system, Siemens Smart Infrastructure has expanded its offer for the small to medium-sized buildings market. Such buildings can now be covered by this simple and cost-efficient solution.

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04 March 2021

FIRE PROTECTION solutions company Advanced has appointed Amanda Hope in the new role of UK fire business development manager with a view towards driving the company’s growth strategy in key sectors.

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04 March 2021

WITH HIGH-rise residential building owners and managers under pressure to be ready for BS 8629, global wireless fire detection and alarm devices developer Hyfire has launched EvacWireless to offer rapid installation, simplified maintenance and minimal installation disruption.

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14 January 2021

THOSE INDIVIDUALS contemplating loft conversion projects are no doubt incredibly excited at the prospect of additional property space. While most of us would like to sink our attentions into colour swatches and furniture magazines without a second thought, there’s a somewhat more pressing matter that will need to be addressed in the first instance: fire safety. 

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FEATURES

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11 October 2021

IN JUNE 2017, the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, a block of flats in West London, claimed the lives of 72 people. In the aftermath of the episode, questions were asked about the safety and security of high-rise buildings, writes Michael Knibbs.

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22 July 2021

‘Bridging the Gap Between Fire and Emergency Lighting Systems’ served as one of the latest webinars to run in Fire Safety Matters’ ongoing series. Taking place on Thursday 10 June at 10.30 am, the event was chaired and moderated by Mark Sennett (CEO at Western Business Media). Brian Sims outlines the main takeaways from the online session

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20 July 2021

WITH MORE and more manufacturers and businesses becoming aware of the importance of fire safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and subsequent legislation (including the Fire Safety Act and the Building Safety Bill), greater steps are now being taken to ensure that all products in buildings are as fire-resistant as possible. However, an item that is usually overlooked in this area is the humble doormat, writes First Mats.

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14 July 2021

One absolutely key element of management plans for today’s built environment is to ensure that anyone resident in a given building who has mobility issues can be safely evacuated in the event of an emergency scenario. With this in mind, Gerard Wallace explains the legal framework before outlining Best Practice

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09 July 2021

What’s your level of understanding when it comes to the value of emergency and exit lighting? As Craig Stead explains, this isn’t a subject to be addressed at the end of a design process just because it’s deemed necessary. With proper planning and the right levels of investment, such lighting can save resources, money and, most importantly, people’s lives

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07 July 2021

Those industry professionals visiting Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre in early September to attend Nineteen Group’s Safety and Security Series will be privy to the UK’s largest group of events wholly dedicated to protecting people, property and assets. Here, Fire Safety Matters takes a look at what’s in store for practitioners at The Fire Safety Event

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07 July 2021

From 7-9 September, The Fire Safety Event makes a triumphal return to the NEC in Birmingham, with organiser Nineteen Events promising a show that’s bigger and better than ever. Here, Fire Safety Matters learns all about what’s on offer for visitors and seminar delegates from event director Tristan Norman

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25 April 2021

The benefits of dynamic emergency exit signage over conventional, passive ‘running man’ equivalents are proven and well established. As Alan Ward observes, such signage reduces risk, increases the safety factor and affords staff and visitors alike that all-important additional peace of mind

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04 March 2021

On Wednesday 3 March from 10.30 am until 11.30 am, Fire Safety Matters ran the latest instalment of the magazine’s ever-popular webinar series, this time around focusing on ‘Protecting High-Rise Residential Buildings from Fire’. Brian Sims reviews the key discussion points that emerged

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01 March 2021

Evacuation alert systems are a new type of fire alarm designed for the UK market and described in BS 8629. They’re just one of the many changes being made to the fire safety landscape in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy that occurred on 14 June 2017. Andy Scott evaluates the fine detail

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02 October 2020

Fire safety requirements for rail networks operating within airports pose a unique set of challenges for design teams and, indeed, demand specific management protocols given what can be large occupancy numbers combined with 24-hour services. Here, Tony Cash reviews the key factors considered for the Terminal Transit System at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5

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01 October 2020

BS 8629: Code of Practice for the Design, Installation, Commissioning and Maintenance of Evacuation Alert Systems for Use by Fire and Rescue Services in Buildings Containing Flats was the focus of a recent webinar on evacuation planning run by Fire Safety Matters in conjunction with Advanced. Brian Sims reports on the major points outlined in terms of Best Practice

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30 September 2020

THE RECENT publication of the Government’s draft Building Safety Bill confirms its commitment to putting safety at the heart of all future building design and development. Here, Ges Wallace discusses the document and what it could mean for the future of our built environment.

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01 September 2020

AS THE role of door hardware expands and fire safety continues to make the headlines, Karen Trigg outlines in detail the importance of hardware selection and reminds decision-makers of how routine checks can save lives.

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01 October 2020

In an exclusive interview for Fire Safety Matters, Western Business Media’s CEO Mark Sennett chats with Paul Pope (Group business development director at Global Fire Equipment and also a director of the Fire Industry Association) and Mike Tobin (chair of the Independent Fire Engineering and Distributors Association) about the current ‘State of the Nation’ in the UK’s fire industry. The impact of COVID-19, the overriding need for competency and the likely effects of Brexit are very much under the microscope

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06 August 2020

PUBLICATION OF the draft Building Safety Bill signals the biggest changes to fire safety in 40 years through improved regulations designed to aid the construction industry as a whole.  Here, Mick Hill explores the importance of providing a ‘golden thread’ of building information by specifying components, including bi-directionally fire-tested riser doors, that offer the highest standards in terms of compliance and performance.

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20 July 2020

FIRES CAN realise short-term and long-term devastation on data processing operations, but also reach far beyond the Data Centre itself, impacting Data Centre customers, their customers and so on. Here, Richard Taylor examines the key points to consider when formulating a fire safety strategy.

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13 July 2020

THE DISPARITIES between Approved Document B (Fire Safety) Volume 1 and the recent revision of Part 6 of BS 5839 present housing providers with varying guidelines on the minimum requirement of fire safety provisions their property portfolio should currently specify. Ian Ballinger outlines why housing providers should consider pairing an LD1 Category specification with the Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence to future-proof their housing portfolio.

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02 July 2020

AS AN industry, we’re now well versed and experienced in the value of sprinkler systems. Here, James Broadest explains precisely why it’s crucial to deliver continuing education on this matter so Government bodies and building owners alike recognise the truism that substantial costs – and lives – can be saved thanks to retrofitted fire sprinklers.

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29 June 2020

Recently, Fire Safety Matters ran a fascinating hour-long webinar in conjunction with EvacLite focused on the hugely positive impact exerted by the latest dynamic signage in terms of how it helps to ensure that all occupants of a building exit more quickly and safely in the event of a fire or other forms of emergency. Brian Sims reports on the key takeaways.

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