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BAFSA Welcomes The Changes Made To Approved Document B By The Government

The Government announced the implementation date for a number of changes to Approved Document B (ADB), including the requirement for automatic fire sprinklers in all flats above 11 meters, these changes will be required as from 26th November 2020. The change requiring automatic fire sprinklers in all new built flats over 11 meters will significantly increase the use of domestic and residential sprinklers in this sector which has already seen a large increase since the disastrous Grenfell Tower f...

Alberta’s Insight On How Fire Sprinkler System Can Help Control Fires & Reduce Hazards By 80%

It’s a fact that a fire sprinkler system can help control fires and reduce injury, deaths, and damages, often by 80% or more. But it’s never just as simple as a quick design and implementation. The quality of the fire sprinkler installation will affect its ability to keep oneself and tenants safe. To such an extent that one might even be better having no system in place than holding onto a false sense of security with a faulty one. Fire Protection Strategy Creating a reliable bui...

Alberta’s Shares Insight On Fires And Fire Extinguishers: What, Which And How?

Knowing the different types of fire extinguishers available and what they are used for can ensure one is better prepared to have the right one nearby when one needs it. Fire safety is important and many people with homes or businesses already acknowledge that keeping an extinguisher close is at hand is a vital step in making sure their properties are prepared for the worst. But not many people know that there are 5 different versions of extinguishers, each one for a different class of fire. C...

Ampac Introduced New Range Of Electro-Magnetic Door Holders

Ampac has introduced a new range of Electro-Magnetic Door Holders to our ancillaries’ range of products. From surface to floor mount, Ampac’s extensive selection is applicable for a range of applications. The surface mount door holders combine good looks, high performance, and economy in a low-profile package. Easy To Install And Commission Designed to allow doors to be held open under normal conditions and released during a fire alarm condition, the surface mount door holders are...

BAFE And UK Government Advisory On Fire Safety Regulations Put The Onus On Building Owners To Ensure Buildings’ Fire Safety

Apsana Begum, Labor MP for Poplar and Limehouse, has asked the UK Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government that “Whether he plans to provide funding for remedial work to buildings which do not comply with fire safety regulations but do not have problems relating to cladding.” Fire safety legislation The Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government) Christopher Pincher, Conservative MP for Tamworth, reminded building owners and premises manage...

Major Fire Service Organizations Urge To Prioritize Frontline Workers When COVID-19 Vaccines Are Made Available

The International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Fighters, National Association of State Fire Marshals, and National Volunteer Fire Council urge governors and state health officials to make career and volunteer firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics a top priority level for COVID-19 vaccines. They are vital parts of the national public health system and should be treated at the same priority as other frontline healthcare workers and hospital staff. The nation’s...

FIA Launches New Training Course: Evacuation Alert Systems To BS 8629

FIA announced a new course in Evacuation Alert Systems (BS 8629), this training is the first of its kind and emanates from the work that has been done since the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The training course can be taken online and, in the future, it will be able to be taken in class to enable learners to choose a teaching style that suits their needs. Evacuation Of Residents Ian Moore CEO of the FIA added, “The FIA has been involved from day one with the Evacuation Alert System concept."...

The City Of Orlando Announces Re-Opening Of COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the re-opening of the City of Orlando’s rental assistance program, a partnership with Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW), which provides support to City of Orlando residents impacted by COVID-19 by providing funding to cover rent payments that have not been made since March 1, 2020. The pre-screening and application process has re-opened.  To date, the program, which originally opened for ten days in September 2020, has provided nearly $700,000 in f...

Allegion Provides Insight On Making Time for Essential Building Maintenance

Regular building maintenance has and always will be a fundamental part of a facilities manager role. Work can sometimes feel continuous, ensuring everything from ventilation to water systems is in good working order and all while making sure health and safety standards are maintained along the way. Each building has a set of unique needs that must be addressed, and, for that, maintenance is key. Yet, facility managers must also recognize the importance of ‘essential maintenance.’ Fo...

BAFE And BSI Announce Pioneering Third Party Certification For The New Wet And Dry Riser Service And Maintenance Scheme

BAFE and BSI are pleased to announce that the first registration and Third Party Certification has been achieved for the new wet and dry riser service and maintenance scheme. A crucial service for high-rise buildings and the tall building environment to ensure these remain effective in the event of an emergency. Evidence Of Competency The Scheme, known as BAFE SP105 Service & Maintenance of Dry and Wet Riser/Falling Installations, offers evidence of competency for organizations who delive...

Harris County Fire Marshal's Office, H-E-B, And Precinct 4 Office Of Commissioner R. Jack Cagle's Encourage Turkey Frying Safety

The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office partnered with Harris County Precinct 4 Office of Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, H-E-B, and H-E-B Tomball Market #574 to encourage turkey frying safety. "HCFMO encourages everyone to keep an eye on what you fry," said Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie L. Christensen. "Frying a turkey might be a family tradition, but it can be very dangerous. One misstep can cause a dangerous fire to occur." “Thanksgiving is a day for counting our blessings and apprecia...

FlamePro Aids On How To Choose PPE That Reduces The Impact Of Heat Stress

A firefighter needs to evaporate about 1 liter of sweat per hour to be able to regulate the body temperature when exposed to extreme heat. The human body is designed to function within a very specific temperature range between 36.5 and 37.5 Celsius. However, fighting fires test these limits and can increase a firefighter’s body temperature to over 38 degrees. Selection Of PPE While there are many factors to consider to reduce the impact of heat stress on firefighters – such...

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