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The Benefits of Home Security

Whether you’ve just moved to a new neighbourhood, had a slight security scare, or your simply just looking for some peace of mind, investing in a home security system might be something you’ve thought about. But is it worth it? What with the fees, installing, arming and disarming, it can all seem like an unnecessary hassle. Although this extra legwork can’t be denied, there are some excellent benefits that come with installing your own home security system, benefits that you might have initially overlooked. So, in this article, we’ll detail these benefits for you, along with fleshing out some of the…

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The Pros and Cons of a Wireless Alarm System

These days, it seems as though all technology is going wireless. From wireless headphones and speakers to printers and wireless charging, we’re doing everything we can to ditch the cables. When it comes to fire alarms, we’ve had this choice for a good while now, and many homes and businesses have made the switch. Before making this decision, however, there are various factors that need to be taken into account, for example, the overall cost and where the alarms will ultimately be placed, as they will affect your end-decision. So, to help you make that decision, the team at Protect &…

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How to Dispose of Used/Old Fire Extinguishers

Although this is not something which is commonly thought about, fire extinguishers, like many pieces of health and safety equipment, have a lifespan. Over time, fire extinguishers which are non-gaseous will eventually corrode. That is, the contents of the extinguisher itself will eventually corrode the canister or body and also, the extreme pressure of the contents will eventually weaken the seams of the body, despite the fact that it’s made of robust metal. Fire extinguishers also require proper maintenance and if this isn’t carried out properly, then things such as valves, seals and levers can become stuck during use, posing a…

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Key Christmas Fire Hazards to be Aware of This Christmas

Here at Protect & Detect, through the means of our blog, we’ve made it our mission to reduce fire risks in both domestic and commercial situations, offering tips and advice on how to minimise or eliminate hazards by drawing on our extensive experience in the industry. Now Christmas time is upon us, we feel it’s important that we alert our readers to some of the main fire hazards that we might experience in our home. During the month of December, it’s estimated that around 20 people a day lose their life as a result of a domestic fire, something which could…

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Why do I need CCTV at home?

It seems as though, in an age where technology continues to accelerate unimpeded, the need for stronger, more intelligent security systems rises with it. If you are concerned about the security of your home, you have every right to be. Luckily, although technology and crime seem to go hand in hand, so does technology and security. That is, there are measures we can take in order to combat 2017’s digitally-aided criminal, the first and strongest being the installation of a good CCTV surveillance system. So, in light of this, this month Protect & Detect will be breaking down why you need…

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How to Use a Foam Fire Extinguisher

Here at Protect & Detect, on our blog, we feel it is our duty to make sure you understand the various applications of the different types of fire extinguishers. Just as important, though, we want you to understand the differences between the types of fires which they were constructed to fight. However, in this article, we will be shining a light on foam fire extinguishers, ensuring that, by the end of this article, you understand how to identify a foam extinguisher, what fires they able to fight and how to properly operate one. How to identify a foam extinguisher Firstly, before…

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Wireless Vs Wired Fire Alarms

When beefing up the security at your home or business premises there are plenty of things to consider, one of which is a new fire alarm system installation. More specifically, though, you need to decide upon exactly what type of fire alarm system will suit your needs – a wired or wireless system. In order to make tackling this question a little easier, this article will highlight the differences between the two types of fire alarm systems and weigh up the pros and cons of both. The systems themselves As you would expect, wired fire alarm systems use cabling and wires…

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What Are the Different Types of Fire Extinguishers?

In the event of a fire, preparation is paramount. Fires can occur for a number of reasons, with each class of fire bearing its own particular set of properties. As a result, it’s crucial that the correct type of fire extinguisher is used. To ensure that you’re ready if a fire occurs, this article will delineate the differences between the five main categories of fire extinguishers, and the six classes of fire for which they are designed to fight. Classes of Fire and their Corresponding Causes As previously stated, there are six classes of fire. These are as follows: Class A…

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How to use a fire extinguisher

In the event of a fire, safety is paramount. Building evacuation plans should be well-known and followed and fire alarm systems and fire fighting equipment must be present. The most common fire fighting equipment is the fire extinguisher, and within your workplace or commercial building you’ll find one closeby. Although easily identifiable, it is not unusual for an individual to be unable to effectively use a fire extinguisher in the event of a fire. In this article, we shall be explaining how and when to use a fire extinguisher. How to use a fire extinguisher In order to be able to…

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How often does your business need PAT testing?

Portable appliance testing (PAT) is a crucial aspect of maintaining the safe usage of electrical equipment and complying with health and safety standards. It applies to any electrical equipment which is plugged into a standard wall socket, not just what you may think of as prototypical appliances; for example, it would encompass testing of devices like computers, photocopiers, vacuums, power tools and even arcade games. PAT testing is a great way to meet the requirements of the Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) which is legislation making it mandatory to keep electrical equipment in the workplace in safe working order. It is…

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