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Exit strategy

A correctly specified, installed and maintained emergency lighting system facilitates the prompt evacuation of a building affected by fire and smoke says Richard Merchant, Commercial Director at TheisCraft Anyone who has been in an unfamiliar building when a fire alarm ...

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In the line of fire

Fred Williams, Service and Repair Manager for ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, explains why correct installation, regular maintenance and certified inspection of fire doors within shared buildings is crucial Fire doors play an effective role in a building’s passive fire protection ...

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Degree of safety

Student accommodation has been widely criticised for poor design, including inadequate fire safety. Stacey Collins of International Workplace looks at the root causes When I was a student, shared halls of residence kitchens were a weekly source of fire alarm ...

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Taking the heat

The complexities of modern transport hubs mean there is no such thing as a standard fire system. Aston Bowles of Advanced looks at the issues involved in protecting the travelling public From local bus stations to major airports, the term ...

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False alarm

According to the UK’s Fire Industry Association, false fire alarms cost £1 billion a year, a London fire engine is called to a false alarm every 12 minutes and across England fire and rescue services attended 293,100 false alarms in ...

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On the attack

In an increasingly unsafe world, building operators and their security teams must plan for the worst, says Robert Clark of Templewood Training Services This summer’s widely reported attack on the shopping centre in Munich highlights the risk property owners and ...

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Make the Light SWITCH

Emergency lighting can be a lifeline for people trying to find their way out of a building if mains lighting fails, and this is particularly important in the event of a fire. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which ...

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Friendly fire

Between 2013 and 2014 the UK Fire and Rescue Services attended over 200,000 fires. Over 10 per cent of these were not house fires and across the country 322 people died fire related deaths. In this article Richard Nichols, technical ...

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Get enlightened

What do you think is the worst thing that can happen if you don’t have suitable emergency lighting in your workplace? Assuming that there isn’t a fire or other disaster of course. A slap on the wrists? An order to ...

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