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Electrical Fire Safety
There is a long and interesting history of when, how and who discovered electricity which you can read more about here. Since it was discovered we have become increasingly more reliant on electricity, with it now being used to power many aspects of our lives from the moment we wake up but sometimes we can …

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Tick Tock Test
“Last year, 248 people lost their lives due to a fire at home. Many of these could have been prevented” firekills.campaign.gov.uk Despite smoke alarms sounding a regular beep to warn us the battery needs changing, as with all electrical items there are other faults than can occur causing the item to stop functioning correctly. In …

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The History of the 999 Call
From 1927 the recommended way of contacting the emergency services was to dial 0 for the switchboard and ask for the relevant emergency service operator. However, there was no way of the operator knowing which incoming calls to prioritize and the switchboard was often jammed with calls making it difficult to alert anyone. In mid …

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What Is Compartmentation and Why Is It so Important?
Despite advances in building and the materials used, fire will always remain a threat so what can be done to minimize the damage and potential loss of life. As well as alarm systems and sprinkler systems, compartmentation is an element of passive fire protection that keeps a fire contained in one place, drastically slowing down …

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Different Types of Fire Extinguisher and How to Use Them
We all know what a fire extinguisher looks like and thankfully many of us will never had to have used one but if the situation did arise, would you know how to do so? Looking back, it is not something I was ever shown how to do until I worked in a Care Home and …

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BBQ Safety Tips
Outdoor activities are great in the summer holidays, especially when our unpredictable British weather kindly provides some sunshine. School holidays and an upcoming bank holiday weekend also mean the barbecues are likely to come out. Whether at home in the garden or disposable barbecues elsewhere it’s time to brush up on a few BBQ safety …

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Is It Illegal to Wedge Open a Fire Door? and If Not, Should You Do It?
Before we go too far into the topic let’s first talk about why we have fire doors and how much they actually help with fire safety. Fire doors are an essential part of fire safety and being able to have a good fire strategy plan. They can only achieve this if they are closed, the …

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How Technology Has Changed Fire Safety
Over the last few years technology has allowed all sorts of fields to become more advanced and also a lot easier to use. Every aspect of business and safety has also followed suit, it is a very much adapt or be left behind market. They may be some people that stick to the more traditional …

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Fires – How They Start and How They Spread
How Fires Start Fire is a chemical process that requires three components to be present: Heat – enough to make the fuel burn Oxygen Fuel – anything that will burn whether solid, liquid or gas The process is called oxidation which is the process of combining oxygen with other substances. A fire starts because the …

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Fire Extinguishers – A Brief History (Part 2)
1866 – Francois Carlier Frenchman Francois Carlier, invented a different version of Manby’s fire extinguisher – the soda-acid extinguisher. Instead of using compressed air, his version of the extinguisher contained two containers underneath a tank of water. One container held tartaric acid and the other a sodium bicarbonate solution which when pierced would mix together …

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Why and how to check a fire door
An everyday part of life any door is often overlooked, but you never know when a fire door will come into action meaning they need to be properly maintained. There are a number of reasons a fire door may become less effective than it should be which we may not realize are issues in the …

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Fire Extinguishers – A Brief History (Part 1)
Fire extinguishers are an important part of modern day life and are a legal requirement in many types of properties. But how were they invented? 200BC – Ctesibius of Alexandria Ctesibius was a Greek inventor, physicist and mathematician who lived in Alexandria, Egypt. Although little is known about his life many discoveries and inventions have …

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