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A Guide to Types of Fire Alarms

A fire alarm is the best way of ensuring you and your colleagues are alerted as soon as possible if a fire occurs within the commercial environment. Employers are legally obliged to protect the people who work within their premises from the threat of fire, and one of the best ways to do this is to have a fire detection system in place to alert all persons of the event of a fire outbreak. There should be at least one smoke detector fitted per floor, although for larger environments more alarms will be needed to ensure everyone within the premises is…

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How to correctly use a fire extinguisher

The ability to operate a fire extinguisher is an important skill to have should you ever be faced with an uncontrolled fire. If you are likely to be required to use a fire extinguisher at work due to responsibilities as a fire marshall or where you are located in your workplace, it is recommended that you receive professional hands-on training first.   However, if you do discover a fire that looks out of control, the first thing you should do is call the emergency services. You can then tackle small fires with an extinguisher but know that, if you cannot put…

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A Guide To Electrical Fire Safety

If you’re a business owner, then your top priority undoubtedly is to keep your commercial premises safe from electrical fires. Electricity is one of the major causes of accidental fires in commercial and residential buildings in UK, as each year over 10,000 electrical fires which are caused by faulty wirings or appliances occur. As we use electricity every day, it’s important that it is used correctly to avoid any dangerous consequences. So, here are some simple tips you should follow in order to prevent an electrical fire.   Don’t overload power sockets Overloading sockets is one of the most common errors…

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Iain Duncan Smith Visits DPL

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith paid a visit to our sister company, DPL Group, this week to discover first-hand how our successful apprenticeship scheme has helped our business evolve. Since DPL Electrical was set up in 2001, we have dedicated our time and expertise to recruiting apprentices so that they have the opportunity to develop their skills. Comprising of 86 employees and 15 apprentices, DPL Electrical even has original apprentices still working on the team who now feature as the company’s most experienced members of staff. Mr Duncan Smith arrived at our Greenwich Close office along with the Tory…

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How CCTV can help reduce the risk of violence and crime in commercial settings

Installing CCTV surveillance systems has been proven to significantly heighten the security of a commercial property, acting as a deterrent to potential offenders while ensuring your staff and customers feel safer in the building. According to the Home Office’s detailed findings from the 2013 Commercial Victimisation Survey: Second Edition, which discusses crime against businesses, retail units were one of a few commercial settings which experienced the highest rates of crime when compared with other business types in this sector. Therefore, the necessary security measures must be put in place as they will help to reduce the risk of violence and crime…

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Skin burn levels and how best to treat them

In commercial settings, fire safety is of paramount importance to ensure all staff and visitors are protected in the event of a fire. Our accredited team at Protect & Detect specialise in providing first class fire safety services to all commercial premises, ensuring they are as safe as possible from the threat of a fire. Our company ethos is to make sure all businesses are fully prepared in the case of an emergency. With this in mind, our experts have put together a guide to the different skin burn levels and the most efficient ways to treat them so emergency situations…

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A guide to being a fire marshal for your company

Fire can occur in any company at any time and the duties of a responsible fire marshal can be vital. Their role is to assess risks which could lead to a blaze starting and take appropriate action if one does; in worst case scenarios, the actions of the marshal can be the difference between life and death. If you are thinking about becoming a fire marshal for your company, you must fully understand your duties and work within the framework provided by the organisation. The key requirements of a marshal are to: identify and report risks assess potential hazards fight fire…

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The History of Fire Alarms and Smoke Detectors

Fire alarms and smoke detectors are usually things that we take for granted. Most of us have these useful life-saving devices installed in our homes and places of work, and although we rely on them to work when we need them, few of us actually know much about fire alarms and smoke detectors. Here at Protect & Detect, we want to make sure all property owners are fully informed about the fire alarm systems in place so here is a little about their history to get you started. Fire Alarms In the old days, fire alarms were very low-tech. Members of…

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How does a monitored security system work?

Monitored security systems have come a long way since the watch tower bell rung from the lookout in the village square. These days, systems are personalised and networked directly with a security company to provide coverage against multiple types of emergencies. When you think of alarm systems, think of them as a kind of insurance, the same as any life, home or automobile insurance policy; their biggest benefit is giving you peace of mind. How they do that depends on the product and the security company you purchase from, but in general they work as follows… How a Monitored Security System…

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Planning a fire evacuation route

As a legal requirement, all business, industrial and commercial environments must have a clear fire procedure and fire evacuation route in place to avoid risk of injury or fatality. A fire emergency evacuation plan (FEEP) is a written document which includes the action that must be taken by all staff in the event of a fire and the arrangements for calling the emergency services. The general fire notice for small premises typically takes the form of a simple fire action sign posted in areas where staff and relevant personnel can read it and make themselves familiar with its instructions. In light…

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