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Fire Safety, Detection and Evacuation for the Elderly

Fire Safety, Detection and Evacuation for the Elderly

Unfortunately, senses and mobility deteriorate slowly as people get older, making it increasingly difficult to do the things they found easygoing in their youth. Ultimately, this puts the elderly at greater risk of injury or worse if a fire started than the youthful. As such, it is of the utmost importance that we prepare our properties and businesses for the potential outbreak of fire adequately and thoroughly to ensure the elderly we care for remain in the safest hands at all times.   In this article, we will be discussing the fire safety methods you should employ to increase the safety…

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A Guide to the Fire Safety Act

What is the Fire Safety Act? The Fire Safety Act (Regulatory Reform Order) 2005 states that any responsible person with a level of control over a business or commercial property must ensure that reasonable steps are made to ensure the risk of fire is reduced, and that anyone in the building is able to escape safely should a fire occur. Who does the act apply to? The act applies to anyone with control of a commercial premises, public space or structure. This can include the employer, manager, occupier of a premises, or anyone else with a level of responsibility within the…

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A Guide to Types of Fire Alarms

A fire alarm is the best way of ensuring you and your colleagues are alerted as soon as possible if a fire occurs within the commercial environment. Employers are legally obliged to protect the people who work within their premises from the threat of fire, and one of the best ways to do this is to have a fire detection system in place to alert all persons of the event of a fire outbreak. There should be at least one smoke detector fitted per floor, although for larger environments more alarms will be needed to ensure everyone within the premises is…

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The History of Fire Alarms and Smoke Detectors

Fire alarms and smoke detectors are usually things that we take for granted. Most of us have these useful life-saving devices installed in our homes and places of work, and although we rely on them to work when we need them, few of us actually know much about fire alarms and smoke detectors. Here at Protect & Detect, we want to make sure all property owners are fully informed about the fire alarm systems in place so here is a little about their history to get you started. Fire Alarms In the old days, fire alarms were very low-tech. Members of…

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Planning a fire evacuation route

As a legal requirement, all business, industrial and commercial environments must have a clear fire procedure and fire evacuation route in place to avoid risk of injury or fatality. A fire emergency evacuation plan (FEEP) is a written document which includes the action that must be taken by all staff in the event of a fire and the arrangements for calling the emergency services. The general fire notice for small premises typically takes the form of a simple fire action sign posted in areas where staff and relevant personnel can read it and make themselves familiar with its instructions. In light…

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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 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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