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Checkmate Fire responds to The Hackitt Review recommendations

Checkmate Fire offers insight to Hackitt Review recommendations Mark Williams, the CEO of passive fire protection specialist Checkmate Fire, gives his response to the recommendations of the Hackitt Review. The publication of the long-awaited Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, commissioned by the Government following the Grenfell Tower fire, saw Dame Judith Hackitt propose far-reaching changes that aim to ‘fix the system’ not just problems w...

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service takes action against York takeaway shop for lack of fire safety measures

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service engage with various trade organisations and individual businesses to raise awareness of best practice around fire safety On the 19th October 2017 North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service fire safety inspectors visited a takeaway shop (Naz Spice) at 4 Saxon Place, York. During the visit the fire safety inspectors found that there were three beds at the rear of the takeaway shop. There was no working fire alarm and fire detection in the bui...

Risk Warden launches unique cloud-based platform to simplify risk assessment and management process

Risk Warden presents estate and building managers with a clear overview of their organisation’s risk profile Risk Warden, a pioneering internet-based fire risk assessment and management tool, is now available to help assessors and building managers improve levels of safety. The most comprehensive solution of its kind, it simplifies the identification, management and ownership of risks. It gives users the intelligence they need to track risks across their buildings and al...

NFPA underscores electric shock hazards in pools and at marinas during summer months and Memorial Day weekend

NFPA unveils key security measures to avoid shock hazards in water bodies With Memorial Day and the start of summer just around the corner, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding people about the potential electrical hazards in swimming pools, hot tubs and spas, on board boats and in the waters surrounding boats, marinas and launch ramps. Countering the threat of electric shock drownings Electric shock drowning (ESD) happens when marina or onboard elect...

NFPA urges the public to use caution in barbecue and grilling parties during peak summer months of May, June and July

NFPA provides safety tips on grills to avoid structure and unclassified fires Grilling season is right around the corner and grill gurus everywhere are preparing for many family parties and barbecues. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) encourages grillers to pay attention to safety during the spring and summer months when home fires involving grilling incidents occur most often. High rate of structure and unclassified fires In 2011 – 2015, fire departments...

Metro fire chiefs meet in San Antonio to share information and discuss major policies and issues affecting the fire departments

Metro fire chiefs meet in San Antonio to talk on key topics and issues  The Metropolitan “Metro” Fire Chiefs Association, a section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) held its 2018 annual conference in San Antonio, Texas May 4-10. More than 120 Metro chiefs from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States attended the conference and elected the Association’s 2018-2019 off...

NFPA and Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition organise day of action to tackle the ever-growing menace of home fires in North America

NFPA and HFSC initiate action day to tackle the growing menace of home fires In the U.S., home fires claim the lives of seven people each day and injure 13,000 annually. Home fire sprinklers can help eliminate these tragedies, but legislative barriers and a general unawareness of this technology have prevented its use in new homes. Safety advocates across North America will be taking collective action on the same day to raise awareness of these challenges and a fire sprinkler&...

NFPA unveils active shooter/hostile event standard with guidance on integrated community strategies, planning, response, and recovery

NFPA releases unified planning strategy to counter active shooter threat The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released NFPA 3000TM (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter / Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program to help communities holistically deal with the fast-growing number of mass casualty incidents that continue to occur throughout the world. Serving as the first of its kind, NFPA 3000 provides unified planning, response and recovery guidance, as well as civilian...

NFPA and ESFI raises awareness about importance of electrical fire safety during National Electrical Safety Month

The National Electrical Code is updated every three years to include the latest in proven safety technology Flipping a light switch. Plugging in a coffeemaker. Charging a laptop or iPhone. These actions are second nature for most of us. Electricity makes our lives easier, but its potential for shock and fire-related hazards are often taken for granted. That is why the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) actively supports National Electrical Safety Month, an annual camp...

NFPA Standards Council votes to cease standards development of NFPA 277

In making its decision, the Council concluded there is a fundamental lack of consensus on how to test and evaluate residential upholstered furniture flammability exposed to a flaming ignition source After reviewing the entire record before it, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards Council voted to cease standards development of NFPA 277, Standard Methods of Tests for Evaluating Fire and Ignition Resistance of Upholstered Furniture using a Flaming Igniti...

NFPA’s Fire Protection Research Foundation releases findings on how cross laminated timber impact fire behaviour in tall wood buildings

The tall wood building project was sponsored by the Foundation’s Property Insurance Research Group through a grant from the USDA, Forest Service The Fire Protection Research Foundation (the Foundation), the research arm of the National Fire Protection Association, has released findings on how exposed timber in high-rise residences might impact fire behaviour. The new Phase 2 ‘Fire Safety Challenges of Tall Wood Buildings’ report provides data and insights f...

IFSEC Global announces ‘Top influencers in security and fire 2018'

IFSEC Global has Mike Howard, Don Randall and Baroness Neville-Jones on the 'Top influencers' judging panel IFSEC Global has announced that Microsoft CSO Mike Howard, security consultant Don Randall MBE and Baroness Neville-Jones, chair of the British Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), star on a 30-strong judging panel for its ‘Top influencers in security and fire 2018.’ Lead judge Grant Lecky, co-founder of the Security Partners Forum, drew on his extensive cont...

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