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The importance of a fire risk assessment

An assessment for fire risk is a mandatory undertaking that has to be carried out in all places of work, commercial premises, and anywhere the general public have access to. The ‘responsible person’ is legally liable for fire safety, and if you are the owner or landlord, or in some cases the occupier, then this will be your responsibility. The penalties for non-enforcement are very serious, and you could face a fine or be imprisoned if you do not conform. The assessment itself is a very detailed process, and the ‘responsible person’ has to carry it out in the first instance,…

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How do smoke detectors work?

According to official government statistics, in 2012-2013 there were 22,500 fires recorded in commercial and industrial buildings, such as retail units and industrial manufacturing plants. 65% of deaths which occurred in non-dwelling building fires were caused by no smoke alarms being installed in the property. In this day and age, it is astonishing to believe that many commercial buildings do not have the correct measures in place in the event of a fire, leaving many lives at risk as a result. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to have a fire alarm installed, preferably on every level of…

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The different types of fire extinguishers

Having the correct fire safety equipment in top working order is a legal requirement for any commercial environment to ensure everyone within the building is protected from the threat of a fire occurring in the property. There are 5 main types of fire extinguishers, each designed to target specific fires so that any potential breakouts can be dealt with effectively. For further information, also take a look at our article on how to correctly use a fire extinguisher. Firstly, it is important to take note of which category the nature of a fire belongs to:   Class A: these fires consist…

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The Consequences of Improper Office Fire Safety

Fire safety and fire protocol awareness are essential in any work environment to ensure the lives of all personnel are kept out of danger in the event of a fire. As fire risk assessments are a legal requirement for all offices and businesses, this article will serve to explain what the procedure entails and how it can be completed successfully. In England and Wales, under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, it is the legal obligation of the employer or building owner of any business to ensure a full and detailed fire risk assessment is conducted and kept up-to-date. This…

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Welcome to our new blog!

The whole team at Protect & Detect are delighted to welcome you to our brand new blog! In line with our dedication to maintaining good communication with our customers, we will be posting news and information both from inside the company and from the wider world of fire safety and security. From information regarding home security techniques to effective use of fire safety equipment – you’ll find it all here. So check back regularly for new posts, and continue to browse the Protect & Detect website for more information about our services.

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