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How Many Fire Marshals Does A Small Business Need?

Many business owners struggle to know where they stand when it comes to the law and fire safety. No matter how big or small your business is, you are legally required to have at least two people trained as a fire marshal to guide other staff members in the event of a fire.  You can be trained as either an appointed person (or ‘deputy’), fire warden or fire marshal. Depending on how large your place of work is, the role of a fire warden and marshal may be given to two people or split across multiple people. The difference in roles…

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Tips to Keep Your Small Business Secure

Running a business is hard enough as it is, with small profits (if any) coupled with expensive running costs, it’s easy to see how one robbery can send a small business under. Thieves can steal your entire stock in minutes if you leave your premises unprotected, so never underestimate the value of a good security system. Keeping your business safe from intruders should be of priority, so we’ve compiled a list of the best methods of keeping your business safe during all hours of the day.  Keys and locks Whether you own an office or a salon, having a stable security…

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Reasons to Keep a Fire Extinguisher in Your Car

Although it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about car safety, a fire extinguisher could be the difference between life and death. In the UK, although accidental car fires are declining in number, arson car fires are on the rise, but on average 100,000 cars catch fire every year! There are a few reasons a fire extinguisher in your car can be helpful, such as:   Cars can catch on fire very easily The thing with vehicle fires is that many people never expect them to happen. You may have your car regularly serviced…

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Benefits Of Having A Door Entry System

Installing a door entry system is becoming a popular method of security for domestic and commercial properties alike. The system provides safe and secure access to buildings, removing the need for a traditional key and lock. A door entry system can be a variety of technologies, ranging from electronic keypads to camera identification. Door entry system technology is still under innovation and there will most likely be even more secure methods of security released for sale within the next few years.  Having a traditional lock and key has become a risky method of security, especially when one owns a business. Old…

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Security hacks: How To Fully Secure Your Home

Taking your home security seriously will deter burglars from entering your home, as the majority of thefts happen due to pure opportunity. Burglars will target your home if you neglect to take basic security measures, so ensuring you take these 5 steps, you’ll be sure to protect your home from theft.  Locking your doors and windows This one may seem obvious, but a reported 30% of burglars enter the home through an open door or window and around 34% of burglars enter through the front door (whether this door is open or they pick the lock). It is absolutely vital that…

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Common Office Fire Starting Scenarios and How to Prevent Them

Offices fires can occur at any time, even with all of the appropriate safety checks and precautions in place. Office fires will have the potential to harm staff, destroy documents and equipment, or even harm neighbouring offices or buildings. So here at Protect & Detect, we’ll be outlining the most likely places and causes for your office fire to occur and how you can minimise the risks. In the Kitchen A large number of offices have a kitchen available. Employees will most likely utilise this space more than others, and so it’s important the kitchen is kept safe and secure. It…

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Fire Safety Tips in the Workplace

A workplace fire would be catastrophic for any company. As of 2017, according to government statistics, approximately 25,000 fires occur in England and Wales each year. Often, businesses don’t recover from a fire, so it’s important that the correct measurements are in place to help prevent them. Install fire detection systems It a legal requirement for any business operating in the UK to install fire detection and alarm systems. Some are set off automatically and others may need to be manually operated. If the latter is the case, ensure your employees know how to use it. All alarm and detection systems…

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What Is A Fire Risk Assessment?

Fire risk assessments are fundamental to ensuring the safety of your employees in the workplace. They aim to identify what the responsible person must do in order to prevent a fire, therefore, keeping everyone safe from harm. What is a fire risk assessment? The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires a responsible person (RP) to carry out fire risk assessments in any non-domestic premises. Any potential risk must be identified, including ones with the potential to start a fire, how likely that would be and the consequences should one occur. Measures must then be taken to reduce or eliminate the…

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How To Buy A Fire Alarm

Fire alarms are fundamental to guaranteeing our safety, many lives could be saved and significant damage could be prevented as a result of their installation and subsequent maintenance. Here, we’ve presented you with the different systems you can buy, along with some cost and alarm maintenance advice. Types of Fire Alarms Analogue Fire Alarms This fire alarm system is best suited to large buildings. The analogue control panels have the ability to send and receive signals to and from connected devices. In turn, health reports can be gathered and any system faults can be flagged, ensuring maximum safety. If the alarm…

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Do I Need a Home Security System?

The era of technological, camera and sensory advancements has, perhaps inevitably, prompted an abundance of home security systems to hit the market. Many of these systems are touted as must-haves, but how important is a home security system really? This article is going to explore this question; we’re going to discuss whether the benefits of home security systems outweigh the costs, and what types of system are currently available. Is it worth it? If we’re discussing bang for your buck, this can be a tricky question to answer. There’s a huge variety of security systems on the market — from small DIY…

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