Fire doors form a vital part of your building’s passive fire protection system. They prevent the flow of smoke and fire and help compartmentalise a building to provide a safe means of escape for its occupants. They are essential in all buildings and are an integral element of your fire... Read more
In the event of an emergency nominated staff play a significant role in the successful evacuation of premises.
Fire wardens play an important role both in helping your business minimises the risk of a fire breaking out, and also helping execute a successful evacuation of the premises in an emergency situation.
Following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire the Department for Communities and Local Government wish to ensure that owners, landlords and managers of private residential blocks are aware of the help that is available regarding safety checks on Aluminium Composite Material Cladding (ACM).
Local authority and housing associations that are registered social housing... Read more
The increased usage of smoke detectors, together with advances in fire detection and alarm system technology, has undoubtedly contributed to a significant decrease in the number of fire deaths and injuries. However a resultant side effect has been an increase in the number of false and unwanted fire alarm activations.
Following the tragic fire at Lakanal House on 3 July, 2009 Southwark Council have been ordered to pay £570,000 after pleading guilty to four offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire) Safety Order.
London Fire Brigade (LFB) have recently released figures which show that a working smoke alarm was not fitted at 5 out of the 7 properties within London where fatal fires have occurred since the beginning of 2017.
1st October 2016 marked the 10 year anniversary of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. This came into force in England & Wales in October 2006 and signified a fundamental change in the way the fire safety of buildings was managed and enforced.
New data from the Home Office has shown a worrying increase in the number of fire deaths in England.
As demand for property continues to grow, the number of mixed use properties which include residential accommodation is also on the increase.
Although you hope that an emergency situation never occurs where you are required to use your emergency routes and exits, you must ensure they are maintained and kept clear at all times. This is not only a requirement under legislation but will provide the building’s occupants with a much greater... Read more
Following a fatal fire in a high rise tower block a housing manager has been fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £23,407, with the judge stating that if the company hadn’t been a not-for-profit organisation the fine would have been considerably higher.
A number of incidents involving fire safety failings have hit the news recently, highlighting the importance of being fully compliant with fire safety regulations and having the correct procedures in place to minimise the risk of fire and avoid costly fines.
Many of Britain’s older buildings are of significant historic value and contain valuable irreplaceable artefacts.
Fire safety professionals often promote the use of sprinkler systems. This is due to the fact that they have been proven to help reduce the impact of fire and can help save lives.
With limited budgets and a heavy workload, managing compliance is often thought of as just another burden that busy property managers and FMs are required to take on.
On 10th March, Penny Mordaunt, the Minister for Fire Resilience and Emergencies, announced new regulations which will require private sector landlords to install smoke alarms on every storey of their property, carbon monoxide alarms in the rooms considered most at risk from high levels of carbon monoxide and to check... Read more
Metro SRM has recently been successful in achieving third party certification for Fire Risk Assessments in accordance with the requirements of BAFE SP205. Only a few other companies in the industry currently hold this certification.
With Bonfire Night around the corner and plenty of events planned in order to celebrate, we thought it would be a good time to talk about fire safety and how to reduce fires and injuries around this event.
Property Week's new online Legionella Control CPD, sponsored by Metro Safety, is now open.
A survey commissioned by LFB has shown that three quarters of a million high rise households in London could be at risk in the event of an emergency.
One in five warehouses in England, approximately 621 premises, will have a fire requiring the attendance of fire fighters each year. The annual cost to the UK economy of fires in English warehouses without fire sprinklers is £232 million.
Fire Brigade strike seems imminent. Will you need to implement extra measures?