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Fire Safety Requirements for New Build Properties

Fire safety is one of the key sections within the Building Regulations, which outline the requirements needed to provide an early warning of fire, escape routes, preventing the spread of fire, and providing access to firefighting facilities for the Fire and Rescue Services. Across the UK there are different Fire Building Regulations which draw from different documents and require varying levels of protection. All of the regulations cover a wide range of safety fire safety requirements as detailed in this blog. New build sites face numerous challenges during the construction phase of build. This blog will discuss the  common challenges faced and how the FireAngel range offers a solution to the needs of all types of installations. 
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How To Install Hardwire and Wireless Smoke Alarms in a Mixed System

Ways to interlink alarms FireAngel Wi-Safe 2 provides flexible wireless solutions for both hard-wired and battery systems. Up to 50 smoke, heat or carbon monoxide alarms can be interlinked in a network for maximum coverage. There are 3 main ways to interlink smoke alarms: Hardwired interlinked Interlinked via wireless radio-frequency (Wi-Safe 2 RF Interlink) Mixed systems - a hybrid system of hard-wired and Wi-Safe 2. This provides contractors with system flexibility. Additional smoke, heat, CO and specialised products such as strobes and pads and low frequency sounders for the deaf and hard of hearing can easily be wirelessly added or removed.
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Your Guide To Fire Safety In Student Accommodation

For students going to university for the first time, often the last thing they will think about is fire safety. However, student accommodation can be at high risk of fire.  Did you know:  Those living in rented or shared accommodation are seven times more likely to have a fire. 55% of 18-24 year old  fire related deaths, occurred through the misuse of cooking appliances and careless handling of hot substances.  Over the last 5 years, cigarettes, smoking materials and candles have been the cause of 1,500 18-24 year old injuries.  Tips for student fire safety: 
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Scotland Updating Fire Safety Legislation following Grenfell Tragedy

Scotland has long since led the way with carbon monoxide and fire safety legislation in the UK. For example, Building Regulations in England and Wales currently stipulate a Category LD3 as a minimum for domestic new builds - whereby alarms are fitted  in all circulation spaces that form part of escape routes - but Scotland’s technical handbook 2017 stipulates a Category LD2. In an LD2 system, alarms are installed in all circulation spaces that form part of escape routes but also in all areas that are either high risk or the principal habitable room (such as kitchens and living rooms).
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Alarm Control Unit - An Ideal Solution To Remotely Testing Smoke Alarms

What are the benefits of an alarm control unit?  The SONA by FireAngel Alarm Control Unit (WTSL-SN-1) allows you to remotely test a variety of smoke, carbon monoxide and heat alarms interlinked in the home. For the alarm control unit to integrate with a fire safety network, only one Wi-Safe 2 alarm is required. The control unit is therefore easily compatible with an established hardwired network!
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Why FireAngel Is Moving Away From Ionisation Alarms

How do ionisation alarms work? Ionisation smoke alarms contain a tiny amount of a radioactive isotope. This emits alpha particles causing the ‘ionisation’ in the air within a smoke detector. Therefore, if smoke enters the detecting chamber, some of these ionised air molecules will react with the smoke, causing a change in electrical behaviour - hence triggering the alarm to go off.
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Ionisation Alarms And Future Fire Safety Technology - An Interview

As FireAngel Technical Director, James Hall is responsible for developing new fire safety products and making sure that any issues that get picked up in the field are addressed. He is also key to the general development and maintenance of the existing product range, ensuring FireAngel are compliant and up-to-date with fire safety legislation. James also ensures FireAngel products are designed to be easy to use, look good and - most importantly - function accurately. The reliability of every fire safety product is paramount in protecting FireAngel customers throughout the entirety of the product's life, which is generally 10 years.
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Are The Fire And Rescue Service Moving Away From Ionisation Technology?

The Fire and Rescue Service have learnt a great deal promoting smoke alarms to the public and making people safer within their homes. This interview with Mark Hazelton looks at the different types of smoke alarms that are available and the benefits of multi-sensor technology, whilst emphasising the importance of carbon monoxide awareness and protection. Mark Hazelton has worked for the fire service for more than 29 years in various roles, including Group Manager and Community Safety Development Manager for London Fire Brigade. Previously, Mark was a firefighter for 11 years at several stations in Kent. He is the National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC’s) Lead for Carbon Monoxide Safety.
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Smoke Alarm Placement, Installation And Siting: Your Essential Guide

In the latest FireAngel guide, smoke alarm placement, installation and siting are all covered in a clear and detailed visual format.   Whilst primarily designed with electrical contractors in mind, this free guide will be relevant to a range of people in the fire safety industry - from installers, to specifiers, landlords to the Fire and Rescue Service.
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Your Guide For Smoke Alarm Positioning To Meet Building Regulations

What are the Building Regulations?  Building Regulations are the minimum standards set for the design, construction and alterations to buildings. They are regularly changed and updated by Government, and are approved by Parliament. Fundamentally, the Building Regulations work to ensure the health and safety of those using the building, and help conserve on fuel and power. They cover all aspects of construction, including foundations, damp-proofing, the overall stability of the building, insulation, ventilation, heating, fire protection and means of escape in case of fire. They also ensure that adequate facilities for people with disabilities are provided in certain types of building.
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