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Can Vapes Set off Fire Alarms?

Can Vapes Set off Fire Alarms?

Vaping has become very popular, with an estimated 3.1 million adult vapers in the U.K. (2022), to an estimated 4.1 million in 2023. Believed to be a less harmful option compared to smoking, vaping is found in both the home, commercial buildings, and social settings....

Gainsborough Studios

Gainsborough Studios

The Brief Gainsborough Studios in London, N1, is a prestigious canal-side development situated on the site of Alfred Hitchcock's film studio, consisting of five tower blocks. Following an expert report on the external wall system and discussions with the London Fire...

When Should Fire Alarms Be Tested?

When Should Fire Alarms Be Tested?

Businesses have a legal obligation to protect their premises and employees. This includes putting in the correct procedures when it comes to fire safety including the ongoing maintenance and testing of fire alarms. It is essential for businesses to keep their fire...

5 Fire Safety Tips for a Post-lockdown Office

5 Fire Safety Tips for a Post-lockdown Office

It's safe to say that COVID-19 has had a monumental effect on our working environments. As new measures are put in place to ensure staff and shoppers can be socially distant, it's important to ensure these new safety precautions don't become accidental fire hazards....

Seckford Hall – Spa and Leisure Centre

Seckford Hall – Spa and Leisure Centre

The Brief Seckford Hall is an elegant Tudor luxury hotel with spa and leisure facilities situated in the small rural village of Great Bealings, near Woodbridge in East Suffolk. The existing spa, which is situated in the grounds of the hotel, was closed at the...

BFI IMAX

BFI IMAX

The Brief We were asked to upgrade the original 11-year-old fire alarm system with minimal disruption to daily business. This included adding additional detection where required. The Team Fully trained technical engineer/project engineer, fully trained commissioning...

Bimba & Lola London

Bimba & Lola London

The Brief We were approached by the consultant of the project and asked to design, install and commission a new fire alarm system to meet an L1 level of cover. The Team Fully qualified technical engineer/project engineer, fully qualified commissioning engineer, 2...

BFI Southbank

BFI Southbank

The Brief Following on from a previously completed project we were invited to maintain the British Film Institute’s Southbank London site. The Team Fully qualified project engineer, two fully qualified maintenance engineers.Our ResponseFollowing the initial invitation...

DAMCO

DAMCO

The Brief We were asked to attend one of Damco's sites to investigate issues with the existing fire alarm system. The Team Fully trained technical engineer. Our Response Following the initial request for the issues to be investigated, we attended site within 24 hours...

Search and Rescue dog Kirby retires

Search and Rescue dog Kirby retires

Essex County Fire & Rescue's, Search and Rescue dog Kirby, has retired after a career with the Service spanning more than 80 dog years. Kirby, 11, will bravely step down from operational duties with immediate effect following advice from vets after first visiting...

Louise set to run in East Cork marathon

Louise Pollock, one of our team of dedicated business support coordinator in our head office at Romford, is running a marathon to raise money for Marymount University Hospice. She only started running ltwo years ago and has since completed four full marathons. She...

Manual call points get a make-over

BSI has revised BS 5839-1:2017, the Code of Practice for the design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of systems in non-domestic dwellings.  The revision was published on 31 August 2017 and supersedes BS 5839-1:2013 which is now withdrawn. The revision...

Fire Door Safety Week

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is supporting National Fire Door Safety Week (25 Sep – 1 Oct) to promote the important fire safety message of fire doors save lives and property. Mark Earwicker, Head of Technical Fire Safety, said: “Fire doors are proven to reduce...

High Rise flats update

Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London, KFRS began a programme of visits, to provide reassurance to residents living in high rise properties in Kent and Medway. KFRS has already completed visits to all of the residential buildings of ten floors or...

How many smoke alarms do you have?

Fire statistics reveal that one smoke alarm may not be enough to provide you with the best chance of escaping a fire in the home. Most people know that working smoke alarms save lives. They provide the vital early warning that allows for a safe escape and a tragedy...

29 killed in Romanian nightclub fire.

A fire which broke out in a nightclub in Bucharest, Romania, has left 29 people dead and hundreds more severely injured. It is believed that the blaze, which broke out in the Colectiv club on Friday 30th October, was caused by fireworks having been let off inside the...

New Laws from the 1st October 2015

From the 1st of October 2015, the following changes and extensions will be made to the following: Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms National Minimum Wage (NMW) Extension of Sikh safety helmet exemption Tobacco, e-cigarettes and smoking 30-day refund right Smoke and...

Fire destroys Durham hotel

A derelict Durham hotel has been left in ruins after a huge fire ripped through the building on the evening of Sunday 13th September. Emergency services were called to the Harbour View Hotel at around 10pm and an investigation is now under way. It took around 40...

A new identity for IQ Fire Solutions

  IQ Fire Solutions has grown significantly since it was established in 2008 and it was important to reflect the changes. Six months ago IQ Fire Solutions engaged the marketing services of High Profile to re-brand the company.       IQ stands for...