Fire, Health & Safety

  • Fire in your ventilation system

    By BSEE on August 1, 2012
    Cutting back on essential fire safety measures, such as fire damper maintenance, could be a big mistake, says Darren Ling from System Hygienics. One-fifth of employers are putting their business and the lives of their employees at risk by cutting back on fire safety in an attempt to save money. A nationwide survey by the Fire Industry Association (FIA) revealed […]
  • A guide to electrical testing

    By BSEE on October 4, 2011
    For those involved in the growing solar panel sector‚ awareness of installation and safety standards is crucial for system performance‚ says Jim Wallace of Seaward Solar. The recent solar microgeneration boom reflects the impact of Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) that came and the associated arrival of free installation schemes that enable the property owner to benefit from solar electricity while the […]
  • Maintaining a reliable system

    By BSEE on May 6, 2011
    Peter Lackey, Fire Product Marketing Manager at ADT Fire & Security provides an overview of BS 5839 Part 1, which covers the design, installation and maintenance of such systems and offers some practical tips on developing appropriate programmes. Figures from the ABI suggest that in 2009, the average commercial fire insurance claim amounted to £21,000 – a marked increase from […]
  • Drainage innovations provide protection

    By BSEE on May 6, 2011
    Peter Jennings, Technical Director for ACO Building Drainage, looks at how poor planning of drainage systems can contribute directly to the spread of fire in large buildings. Drainage systems, by their very nature, are fundamentally open systems that safely remove water and liquid wastes away from the inside and outside of commercial and public buildings. However, it is the intrinsically […]
  • Fire protection and the environment

    By BSEE on October 4, 2010
    It would be easy to assume that there is little connection between providing effective fire protection and safeguarding the environment, but that assumption would be very wrong as Don Scott, Fire Engineering Consultant with Siemens Building Technologies Fire Safety, explains. Think first of all about fires. They almost always involve the burning of carbon-based substances such as wood, plastic, paper […]
  • Fire fighters

    By BSEE on September 29, 2009
    Developing a new product can be a long and arduous task, especially for companies with outsourced manufacturing facilities in far-flung locations. As we do everything under one roof here in the UK we are ideally placed to turn ideas into new products quickly and efficiently – a position that enables us to develop products for specific projects. In the case […]
  • Safety first

    By BSEE on July 25, 2008
    There are many occasions when electrical equipment is recessed into a surface to make it less obtrusive and most of the time this is no problem at all. However, if that surface is a fire barrier there is a risk of compromising the fire integrity of the structure. Under these circumstances, specifiers and installers need to take measures to restore […]
  • Fire & Safety : Keeping up with modern technology

    By BSEE on May 24, 2007
    Today’s fire systems have become much more sophisticated, especially over the last few years, and now save countless lives and millions of pounds worth of property every day.This is due in the most part to advances in detection hardware and system software, both of which can clearly be incorporated into new systems and also retrofitted within existing installations. So, bearing […]
  • Fire Protection : Are we dicing with death?

    By BSEE on January 25, 2007
    New European fire standards due to be adopted into UK Building Regulations this year (2007) are set to transform the UK fire damper market, potentially making the popular shutter-type fire damper used in countless UK installations redundant.Fire damper systems in the UK are totally different from those in Europe. The shutter fire damper used in the UK for the past […]
  • Maximum sensitivity with minimum false alarms

    By BSEE on December 20, 2006
    HM Fire Service Inspectorate Statistics indicate that there were 449,000 false alarms in 2004. The introduction of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) and the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 has resulted in a major focus on the reduction of false alarms. Owner-occupiers of premises with frequent false alarms may see either a reduced attendance by Fire […]