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Fire Compartmentation, Fire Curtains and Certification

With fire safety increasingly a key consideration for the design of any commercial building, James Reed explains the key features to look for in a fire curtain to ensure it proves the best possible line of defence if and when a fire breaks out. As a result of several high-profile...
Posted On 15 Jan 2020
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e-Cigarettes and Vaping: Setting Off Fire Alarm Bells

The Health Act 2006 prohibited smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces, on public transport and in vehicles used for work. The legislation was justified on conclusive scientific evidence that smokers put others around them at risk by exposing them to second-hand smoke....
Posted On 02 Oct 2019
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FIA Technical Briefing

When selecting a detector there can be a number of issues that arise from choosing the wrong type of detector for the area it needs to protect from fire. For those that perhaps have less experience in this area, it can become confusing. Do you use an optical smoke detector,...
Posted On 25 Apr 2019
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Surveillance Cameras and Fire Detection: Towards An Integrated Solution

Video fire/smoke detection is a safety solution based on the computer analysis of images provided by standard CCTV cameras linked to a self-contained processing system capable of recognising smoke and flame patterns within the video image. Here, Risk Xtra interviews the Fire...
Posted On 26 Sep 2018
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Fire Detectors: Guidance on Testing Procedures for End Users and Technicians

Despite the best efforts of industry bodies such as the Fire Industry Association (FIA) when it comes to shouting loudly about the need for Best Practice, there will always be a few lingering cases of poor practice. When talk turns towards fire detectors, there really is no...
Posted On 27 Jul 2018
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Concerns beginning to rise over owners’ attitudes towards life safety in buildings

New research from life safety systems manufacturer Hochiki Europe suggests that European installers are becoming increasingly concerned about their customers’ understanding of life safety systems and regulation. The survey sheds light on some worrying findings, including more...
Posted On 13 Sep 2017