TheBigRedGuide.com - Expert Commentary TheBigRedGuide.com - Expert Commentary from TheBigRedGuide.com http://www.thebigredguide.com/news/expert-commentary.html Copyright (C) TheBigRedGuide.com 2014 Expert Commentary Mon, 13 Aug 2012 08:00:00 GMT Mon, 13 Aug 2012 08:00:00 GMT Steps to consider before deciding on a smoke alarmhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/steps-to-consider-before-deciding-on-a-smoke-alarm.htmlhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/steps-to-consider-before-deciding-on-a-smoke-alarm.htmlExpert CommentaryMon, 13 Aug 2012 08:00:00 GMT<table class="smalltxt" border="0" cellspacing="8" align="left" width="128" height="266"> <tbody> <tr> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="smalltxt" valign="middle" align="center"><strong>Interconnected smoke alarms provide an earlier warning and the best chance of escape</strong> <br /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><em><strong>In this article, Neil Perdell, National Technical Manager at <a href="http://www.thebigredguide.com/companies/aico-ltd.html" class="redbold">Aico Ltd.</a>, suggests some crucial and simple steps to consider before deciding on a smoke alarm. Making a case for wireless smoke alarm systems, he also lists the key characteristics that one must consider when selecting such a system for...Pauline Norstrom norstrom@sourcesecurity.comVideo Image Detection (VID) gives a boost to fire detectionhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/video-image-detection-vid-gives-a-boost-to-fire-detection.htmlhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/video-image-detection-vid-gives-a-boost-to-fire-detection.htmlExpert CommentaryWed, 27 Jun 2012 08:00:00 GMT<table style="width: 258px; height: 296px;" border="0" cellspacing="8" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td></td> </tr> <tr class="smalltxt"> <td style="text-align: center;"><strong>Video Image Detection technology is proving to more effective in early fire detection than conventional systems</strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><em><strong>Video Image Detection (VID) is a new technology for detecting fires that enables fast and reliable response, effective fire protection in difficult applications such as large open areas and excellent value for money. VID can also provide CCTV images for security purposes which makes the technology more valuable as Mark Kendall of <a href="http://www.thebigredguide.com/companies/fike-safety-technology-ltd.html" class="redbold">Fike Safety...Pauline Norstrom norstrom@sourcesecurity.comPersonal protection equipment (PPE) designs for marine firefightinghttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/personal-protection-equipment-ppe-designs-for-marine-firefighting.htmlhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/personal-protection-equipment-ppe-designs-for-marine-firefighting.htmlExpert CommentaryWed, 02 May 2012 08:00:00 GMT<table style="width: 224px; height: 234px;" border="0" cellspacing="8" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="smalltxt" valign="top" align="center"><strong>The latest personal protection equipment (PPE)&nbsp;are being designed to meet new regulatory standards</strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><em><strong><font color="#000000">Marine firefighting encompasses activities to extinguish any type of fire in a marine environment. For many years, this meant dealing with fires on seagoing vessels, or more specifically, shipping. In this article, Richard Cranham, International Sales Manager at <a href="http://www.thebigredguide.com/companies/bristol-uniforms-ltd.html" class="redbold">Bristol Uniforms</a>,&nbsp;sheds light on the various fire hazards...Pauline Norstrom norstrom@sourcesecurity.comSafety and value: You can have it allhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/safety-and-value-you-can-have-it-all.htmlhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/safety-and-value-you-can-have-it-all.htmlExpert CommentaryMon, 27 Jun 2011 08:00:00 GMT<table style="width: 240px; height: 213px;" border="0" cellspacing="8" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="smalltxt" valign="top" align="center"><strong>Weighing the costs and benefits of purchasing new equipment is crucial for the safety of emergency rescue teams</strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>Everyone dealing with hazardous materials - fire fighters, emergency personnel, frontline staff in defence departments and other such professionals - has something in common: they all recognize the crucial importance of safety. Maintaining a robust, compliant arsenal of chemical-protective suits is essential to being readily equipped for an...Pauline Norstrom norstrom@sourcesecurity.comPreventing fire in the oil and gas environment - a timely solutionhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/preventing-fire-in-the-oil-and-gas-environment-a-timely-solution.htmlhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/preventing-fire-in-the-oil-and-gas-environment-a-timely-solution.htmlExpert CommentaryWed, 18 May 2011 08:00:00 GMT<table style="width: 266px; height: 296px;" border="0" cellspacing="8" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" style="width: 250px; height: 250px;"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="smalltxt" valign="top" align="center"><strong>Video Smoke Detection is designed to provide early warning of fire in hazardous environments</strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>The risks associated with fire in the petrochemical industry, whether it be on production platforms at sea or on shore at oil terminals and storage facilities, have been brought into sharp focus by a number of high profile incidents, resulting in tremendous damage to infrastructure and sadly, in some extreme cases, the large-scale loss of life. This has caused the industry to look at new approaches such as Video Smoke Detection (VSD) to protect...Pauline Norstrom norstrom@sourcesecurity.comSpecialised PPE clothing evolves as Urban Search and Rescue goes mainstreamhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/specialised-ppe-clothing-evolves-as-urban-search-and-rescue-goes-mainstream.htmlhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/specialised-ppe-clothing-evolves-as-urban-search-and-rescue-goes-mainstream.htmlExpert CommentaryThu, 28 Apr 2011 08:00:00 GMT<table border="0" cellspacing="8" align="left" width="250"> <tbody> <tr> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><strong><span class="smalltxt">The terrorist attacks on New York and <br />Washington brought the need for search and rescue capability into sharp focus&nbsp;</span></strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>The role of firefighters has evolved to include the provision of search and rescue operations for various natural and man-made disasters. Search and rescue professionals have to be suitably clothed and equipped to meet the demands of these challenges, resulting in the rapid development of specialised <a href="http://www.thebigredguide.com/search-fire-supplies/protective-suits.html" title="Fire Protection Clothing" class="redbold">Personal Protective...Pauline Norstrom norstrom@sourcesecurity.comThe need for emergency-readiness with chemical protective equipmenthttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/the-need-for-emergency-readiness-with-chemical-protective-equipment.htmlhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/the-need-for-emergency-readiness-with-chemical-protective-equipment.htmlExpert CommentaryThu, 24 Mar 2011 08:00:00 GMT<table class="smalltxt" style="width: 221px; height: 270px;" border="0" cellspacing="8" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="smalltxt" valign="top" align="center"><strong>Having the proper fire safety and chemical-protective equipment is imperative where risk of hazardous chemical exposure is great</strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>With businesses still facing the effects of the economic crisis with budget cuts, safety remains a key concern when it comes to finding cost-effective solutions without compromising public safety. One type of incident which many businesses are not properly equipped for is hazardous chemical exposure. Ian Hutcheson of <a href="http://www.thebigredguide.com/companies/saint-gobain-performance-plastics-uk.html" class="redbold">Saint-Gobain...Pauline Norstrom norstrom@sourcesecurity.comAirport firefighting & emergency rescue – a day in the life of a firefighterhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/airport-firefighting-and-emergency-rescue-a-day-in-the-life-of-a-firefighter.htmlhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/airport-firefighting-and-emergency-rescue-a-day-in-the-life-of-a-firefighter.htmlExpert CommentaryTue, 08 Mar 2011 08:00:00 GMT<p><strong> </strong></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="8" align="left" width="250"> <tbody> <tr> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="smalltxt" valign="top" align="center"><strong>Airport firefighters operate very differently to their municipal fire and rescue colleagues</strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong> For the thousands of firefighters covering over 80 major commercial airports throughout Europe, life is very different from that experienced by their municipal fire and rescue service colleagues. The differences range from the type of regime they experience to the types of emergency they are called upon to deal with on a daily basis. Richard Cranham, Business Development Manager at </strong><a...Pauline Norstrom norstrom@sourcesecurity.comVoice alarm system standards and compliance - a critical review of proposed changes in the UKhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/voice-alarm-system-standards-and-compliance-a-critical-review-of-proposed-changes-in-the-uk.htmlhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/voice-alarm-system-standards-and-compliance-a-critical-review-of-proposed-changes-in-the-uk.htmlExpert CommentaryTue, 30 Nov 2010 08:00:00 GMT<table border="0" cellspacing="8" align="left"> <tbody> <tr> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: center;"><span class="smalltxt"><strong>Are new VA standards cause for alarm?</strong></span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p style="text-align: left;"><font color="#000000"><strong>Dr Steve Harrison, Product Engineering Manager at <a href="http://www.thebigredguide.com/companies/application-solutions-safety-and-security-ltd.html" class="redbold">ASL Safety &amp; Security</a>, considers certification requirements in the voice alarm (VA) sector and how pending new standards will differ from predecessors. What's new, what should we be interested in, when are the implementation deadlines and what is the best route towards compliance?</strong></font></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><font...Pauline Norstrom norstrom@sourcesecurity.comMedical care in vehicle extrication rescuehttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/medical-care-in-vehicle-extrication-rescue.htmlhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/medical-care-in-vehicle-extrication-rescue.htmlExpert CommentaryMon, 19 Oct 2009 08:00:00 GMT<p>&nbsp;</p> <table border="0" cellspacing="8" align="left" width="250"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong></strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="smalltxt" valign="top" align="center"><strong>Extricating collision victims requires advanced medical care</strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>After a vehicle collision of significant force - as in the case of high-speed impact - it is likely that the occupants of the car, particularly the driver and front seat passenger, will be entrapped. Brendon Morris, <a href="http://www.thebigredguide.com/companies/holmatro-rescue-equipment-b-v.html"><strong>Holmatro Rescue Equipment</strong></a>'s Consultation &amp; Training Manager, </strong><strong>and a rescue paramedic in South Africa for many years,...Pauline Norstrom norstrom@sourcesecurity.comIce rescue: preparing and training public safety and rescue personnel for ice and cold water emergencieshttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/ice-rescue-preparing-and-training-public-safety-and-rescue-personnel-for-ice-and-cold-water-emergencies.htmlhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/ice-rescue-preparing-and-training-public-safety-and-rescue-personnel-for-ice-and-cold-water-emergencies.htmlExpert CommentaryMon, 22 Jun 2009 08:00:00 GMT<p><strong> </strong></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="8" align="left" width="250"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="smalltxt" valign="top" align="center"><strong>Fire departments must be well-prepared for the dangers of water and ice</strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong> The fire and rescue service practice of identifying target hazards and developing plans for potential incidents should include the dangers of water and ice, says Gerald M. Dworkin, Technical Consultant at <a href="http://www.thebigredguide.com/companies/lifesaving-resources-inc.html">Lifesaving Resources Inc.</a> In this article, he discusses the best practice for the creation and training of ice rescue teams.</strong></p> <p>On March 14, 2000, Ralph Johnson, a 72-year-old...Pauline Norstrom norstrom@sourcesecurity.comFire sprinklers: not just for the lawnhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/fire-sprinklers-not-just-for-the-lawn.htmlhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/fire-sprinklers-not-just-for-the-lawn.htmlExpert CommentaryTue, 16 Jun 2009 08:00:00 GMT<table border="0" cellspacing="10" align="left" width="250"> <tbody> <tr> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="smalltxt" valign="top" align="center"><strong>Not just for the lawn: sprinklers should be brought inside the home to maximize domestic fire protection</strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>A new NFPA advocacy campaign is pushing for home <a href="http://www.thebigredguide.com/search-fire-supplies/fire-sprinklers.html" title="Fire Sprinklers" class="redbold">fire sprinklers</a>. In this article Lorraine Carli, Vice-President of Communications at the <a href="http://www.thebigredguide.com/companies/national-fire-protection-association-nfpa.html">National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)</a>, gives her personal take on...Pauline Norstrom norstrom@sourcesecurity.comKey asset protection with Video Smoke Detectionhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/key-asset-protection-with-video-smoke-detection.htmlhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/key-asset-protection-with-video-smoke-detection.htmlExpert CommentaryTue, 21 Apr 2009 08:00:00 GMT<p><strong> <table border="0" cellspacing="10" align="left" width="250"> <tbody> <tr> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="smalltxt" valign="top" align="center"><strong>2008 saw a 15% increase in UK commercial fire damage</strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> After a 15 percent increase in commercial fire damage in the UK throughout 2008, the need for effective preventative fire protection is growing. Ian Moore, Managing Director of <a href="http://www.thebigredguide.com/companies/detector-technologies-limited-d-tec.html">D-Tec (Detector Technologies Limited)</a>&nbsp;explains how Video Smoke Detection (VSD) can help.</strong></p> <p>Now more than ever organisations should carefully consider the impact that large scale fires, left unchecked, can have on their operations and take preventative...Pauline Norstrom norstrom@sourcesecurity.comCompromising fire resistance performance in the homehttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/compromising-fire-resistance-performance-in-the-home.htmlhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/compromising-fire-resistance-performance-in-the-home.htmlExpert CommentaryThu, 02 Apr 2009 08:00:00 GMT<p><strong> <table border="0" cellspacing="10" align="left" width="250"> <tbody> <tr> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="smalltxt" valign="top" align="center"><strong>Electrical work in UK homes can critically limit their fire defences</strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> The structural ability of domestic buildings to resist and withstand fire can be critically reduced by electrical work within walls and ceiling linings. In this article Mike Clark, Technical Director of&nbsp;the&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.thebigredguide.com/companies/electrical-safety-council.html"><strong>Electrical Safety Council</strong></a><strong>, the UK-based not-for-profit organisation, explains some of the related issues.</strong></p> <p>Fire safety in domestic buildings generally...Pauline Norstrom norstrom@sourcesecurity.comTaking a view on aircraft hangar smoke detectionhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/taking-a-view-on-aircraft-hangar-smoke-detection.htmlhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/taking-a-view-on-aircraft-hangar-smoke-detection.htmlExpert CommentaryFri, 27 Feb 2009 08:00:00 GMT<p><strong>In this article, Ian Moore, Managing Director of <a href="http://www.thebigredguide.com/companies/detector-technologies-limited-d-tec.html">D-Tec (Detector Technologies Limited)</a> explains the issues involved in protecting against fire hazards in aircraft hangars</strong></p> <p>There is little doubt that aircraft hangars, due to their sheer size and volume, represent an especially testing environment when it comes to fire safety.</p> <p>More specifically, the potential to actually detect smoke before a large-scale fire has taken hold may be problematic using conventional methods, due the way smoke and fire behaves, especially the influence of factors such as stratification and temperature layering. The effects of a blaze can be quite literally devastating, both in terms of the irretrievable damage to the hangar's structure, equipment and any aircraft it contains, and the associated injuries - or worse - for workers inside and the firefighters tackling a blaze.</p>...Pauline Norstrom norstrom@sourcesecurity.comSaving lives and property during and after a CBRN eventhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/saving-lives-and-property-during-and-after-a-cbrn-event.1.htmlhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/saving-lives-and-property-during-and-after-a-cbrn-event.1.htmlExpert CommentaryWed, 17 Dec 2008 08:00:00 GMT<p><strong> </strong></p> <table border="0" cellspacing="8" align="left" width="250"> <tbody> <tr> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="smalltxt" valign="top" align="center"><strong>The speed and efficiency of CBRN response are critical to its success</strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong> Michael Peters and John Breedlove of <a href="http://www.thebigredguide.com/companies/intelagard.html">Intelagard, Inc.,</a> industry leaders in CBRN <a href="http://www.thebigredguide.com/search-fire-supplies/decontamination-systems.html" title="Decontamination Systems" class="redbold">decontamination</a> and <a href="http://www.thebigredguide.com/search-fire-supplies/containment-systems.html" title="Fire Containment System"...Pauline Norstrom norstrom@sourcesecurity.comHoliday decorations may pose safety hazards for familieshttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/holiday-decorations-may-pose-safety-hazards-for-families.htmlhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/holiday-decorations-may-pose-safety-hazards-for-families.htmlExpert CommentaryThu, 18 Dec 2008 08:00:00 GMT<p><strong> <table border="0" cellspacing="8" align="left" width="250"> <tbody> <tr> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="smalltxt" valign="top" align="center"><strong>Christmas lights, candles and decorations pose fire and safety risks to homeowners</strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> In this article, Lorraine Carli, Vice President of Communications at the </strong><a href="http://www.thebigredguide.com/companies/national-fire-protection-association-nfpa.html"><strong>NFPA</strong></a><strong>, and John Drengenburg, Manager of Consumer Affairs at </strong><a href="http://www.thebigredguide.com/companies/underwriters-laboratories-inc.1.html"><strong>Underwriters Laboratories</strong></a><strong>, urge consumers to practice...Pauline Norstrom norstrom@sourcesecurity.comFire safety in subsurface environmentshttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/fire-safety-in-subsurface-environments.htmlhttp://www.thebigredguide.com/news/fire-safety-in-subsurface-environments.htmlExpert CommentaryTue, 06 Jan 2009 08:00:00 GMT<p><strong> <table border="0" cellspacing="8" align="left" width="250"> <tbody> <tr> <td></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="smalltxt" valign="top" align="center"><strong>Fire safety in road or rail tunnels is critical in avoiding potentially disastrous incidents</strong></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Roger Wilton, Assistant Technical Manager of the <a href="http://www.thebigredguide.com/companies/fire-industry-association-fia.html">Fire Industry Association (FIA)</a>, explains the challenges of preventing underground fires.</strong></p> <p>Fires in tunnels tend to make headline news, largely because of the potential loss of life that such an incident presents.&nbsp;At the turn of the new millennium three catastrophic fires in as many years...Pauline Norstrom norstrom@sourcesecurity.com