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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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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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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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Your smoke alarm needs replacing every 10 years! Have you checked the date?

Did you know your smoke alarm needs replacing every 10 years? As is the case with the majority of our home electrical devices, smoke alarms cannot last forever. Smoke alarm sensors will degrade over time, leading to a reduced sensitivity in detecting heat or smoke. As a result, fire alarms need to be replaced every 10 years. Yet a worrying number of people are not aware of the fact that their fire alarms may need replacing.
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New Gas Detector For Home And Travel

Combustible Gas Awareness There is a concerning lack of awareness of the potential dangers of gas in the home - from toxic carbon monoxide (produced from incomplete combustion) to combustible natural gas leaks. Whilst carbon monoxide cannot be detected without an alarm, stench agents are added to natural gas so it can be smelt. However, as seen in recent research by Brown University, sound is often sufficient to disrupt sleep, whereas scents cannot - so every individual is at risk whilst sleeping.
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7 Benefits Of The Stove Guard - An Automatic Stove Shut Off Device

Did you know that over 60% of home fires start in the kitchen? Given the presence of flammable oils, heat sources and variety of electrical appliances - this is understandable. Yet it doesn’t mean landlords and residents can’t take several steps to enhance their level of safety in the home, especially when there are vulnerable people living there. Fire prevention methods in the kitchen can be both behavioural and technological. For instance, installing fire alarms, not leaving cooking unattended, and practicing an escape plan are some of the procedures outlined in our Fire Safety In The Kitchen eBook. However, for tenants who are vulnerable - such as children, the elderly, disabled or those living with dementia - a higher level of fire protection may be required.
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Kitchen Safety Guidelines For Tenants - A Handout For Landlords

Having completed all the required documentation and safety checks before a tenant moves in, it is important a landlord can thereafter trust his tenants to treat the property well and use it safely.
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Shropshire Outreach Vehicle - An Interview With Rabinder Dhami

With support of FireAngel, Shropshire’s Outreach Vehicle has recently been renovated to a new standard after an incredible ten years of travelling around Shropshire promoting fire safety. In recognition of this achievement, we spoke to Rabinder Dhami, Prevention Manager at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, about the vehicle’s objectives, how it's helped communities,  and why it’s been able to last so long! 
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