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The benefits of buying from a UK manufacturer

The benefits of buying from a UK manufacturer

Did you know that all Fireco products are designed, engineered, and manufactured within the same building based in the UK? It’s not often a company can say that their whole business operations run under one roof!

From the installer of the product to the end-user, there are many people that can benefit from using a company that manufactures in the UK. It can also benefit the UK as a whole.

 

Benefits to installers and customers:

  • Delivery

UK customers buying products from a UK business will benefit from a lower shipping rate, a quicker delivery time and will avoid import taxes, as opposed to ordering from outside the UK.

  • Efficient services

If you were to come across any problems with your products, needed technical assistance or wanted product maintenance, it is much easier to get in contact with the company and get the assistance you need. 

Benefits to the UK:

  • Sustainable

Ordering items that are made and transported in the UK will reduce carbon emissions. This is particularly valuable at the current time due to the potential climate emergency.

  • Employment

Running the whole business from the UK creates jobs and manufacturing as a whole employs around 2.7 million people in the UK alone¹.

  • Supporting the economy

Manufacturing exports bring in around £275 billion to the UK, it also brings in investment interest and employment opportunities, all of which contribute to the UK’s economy¹.

 

With Brexit around the corner, there is a lot of uncertainty around trading deals between the UK and other countries. Now is a better time than ever to commit to buying products made in the UK.

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Fire Door Safety Week 2019

Fire Door Safety Week 2019

We are pleased to announce our participation in the Fire Door Safety Week 2019 campaign.

Fire Door Safety Week has been running since 2013 with the aim of raising awareness on the important role of fire doors. The main message includes how fire doors will only be effective if installed correctly and maintained properly. 

FDSW is a campaign aimed at everyone, from the people who make the doors to the people who use them. Pretty much everyone in the UK will use a fire door at some point during their day, whether it’s at work, school or where they live. However, most people don’t realise that fire doors play a critical role in protecting people and property when a fire breaks out.

Every year there is an FDSW theme and this year the focus will be on sleeping accommodation. We are the most vulnerable when we are asleep and closed fire doors can be the difference between life and death. They can keep a fire in one area for up to 60 minutes, allowing the fire service to tackle the flames and evacuate the building. 

Follow us on Twitter @Fireco to keep up to date with the FDSW 2019 campaign. We will be sharing resources full of useful information that will help you to understand more about fire doors and general fire safety.

For more information about FDSW visit https://www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk/

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Closed doors can save lives

Closed doors can save lives

Did you know that closing your fire door at night could be the difference between life and death?

The Fire Door Safety Week 2019 campaign focuses on the critical role of fire doors for keeping people safe in sleeping accommodation. This could be anything from HMO’s (House in Multiple Occupancy), care homes and hotels. Whilst you are asleep you are vulnerable to potential dangers, such as a fire. 

By closing your bedroom door in these types of residence you are increasing your chances of survival. Here are a few of the benefits behind the closed door:

  • Lower temperature
  • Less smoke
  • Prevented damage
  • More oxygen

Can a closed-door really make that much difference?

Fire doors are specifically designed to trap a fire for up to 60 minutes. This gives enough time for people to evacuate the building and for the fire service to extinguish the flames before it takes over the whole building. 

If you are asleep, you are going to be less reactive to a fire breaking out. If your bedroom door is left open, you are giving fire the opportunity to enter the room before you even realise it’s there. If your bedroom door is closed, fire will be kept out of the room, meaning the fire service can be called and they can help you evacuate the building safely and unharmed.

 

 

 

 

This image is an example of how much difference a closed bedroom door can make. On one side you can see the hallway which has been turned into ashes from the fire. The other side shows the bedroom which looks untouched. By keeping that door closed, the fire was not able to affect that room.

There are many reasons why people choose to keep their door open at night. However, it is much safer for yourself, your family and your property to close them.

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Power cuts and the Pro Range

Power cuts and the Pro Range

Approximately one million people were affected by the power cut on the 10th August 2019. Homes and businesses were left powerless, people travelling on trains were stranded and traffic lights were cut off, all the result of two power stations disconnecting.

5 fire safety essentials for schools

5 fire safety essentials for schools

From March 2018 to March 2019 there were 582 fires in educational premises¹. The aftermath of a school fire can be devastating. All elements of school life can be affected, the building and its contents can be destroyed and the students’ education interrupted.

There are many actions that can be taken in order to prevent and prepare for the event of a fire, whether it is accidental or deliberate. One of the easiest and quickest ways to prepare is to invest in fire safety equipment. If you are not sure what you may need, the best thing to do is to arrange a fire risk assessment to be carried out by a professional assessor. However, in this blog, we will cover a few of the essentials.

1. Fire & smoke alarms

Fire alarms alert everyone in the building that there is a fire and provide an opportunity to either extinguish it or call the fire service before it gets out of control. Once installed, the Government states “All types of fire-warning systems should be tested once a week.”² It is also recommended to have maintenance carried out every 6 months.

If a fire did break out and you had no alarm in place or they weren’t working, it could take over the whole building undetected, putting lives at risk. 

2. Fire extinguishers

Fire extinguishers can allow you to put out a small fire before it becomes unmanageable. They come with different extinguishing properties and it is important that you use the correct type for it to be effective.

3. Sprinklers

In Scotland and Wales, it is mandatory for all newly built schools to be fitted with sprinkler systems. However, this is not the case in England, where Government guidance suggests sprinklers should be fitted in all newly built schools except those considered ‘low-risk’.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and the National Education Union have a shared belief that every newly built school should have sprinklers installed, regardless of whether they are considered high or low risk. The FBU explained, “sprinklers can assist in the control of a fire in its early stages, limiting damage and giving occupants additional time to escape, as well as reducing the risks faced by firefighters attending the incident.”³ Since Grenfell, both unions have been proposing that sprinklers should be classed as mandatory but the Government have declined the proposal

4. Waste management system

The average primary school student produces 45kg of waste per year and secondary school students 22kg*. Most of this waste consists of card and paper, both combustible materials and therefore a fire hazard. This means that managing this waste is vital for fire safety in the school.

You can work with other companies in order to control and remove your school’s waste. This could include having the correct types of bins and organising regular disposal collections. Your school will also need to ensure that the bins are locked away and are only accessible for chosen people e.g. cleaners or maintenance. 

5. Fire doors

Fire doors should be installed from the moment the school has been built. They prevent the spread of a fire and can hold a fire in one room for 30 or 60 minutes depending on your door type. There are many elements that make a fire door ‘fire-proof’ and all of these things should be routinely checked and maintained.

Keeping the school building and its occupants safe is a daily priority. By having these items you are minimising the risk of fire and potential damage caused. However, all fire safety efforts will be undone if you have wedged open fire doors. A fire can spread through a hole the size of a pen nib. Don’t allow fires to take over your building. 

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Power cuts and the Pro Range

Power cuts and the Pro Range

Approximately one million people were affected by the power cut on the 10th August 2019. Homes and businesses were left powerless, people travelling on trains were stranded and traffic lights were cut off, all the result of two power stations disconnecting.

How do fire doors affect the lives of care home residents?

How do fire doors affect the lives of care home residents?

Older people are often more vulnerable when it comes to accidents and emergencies which places huge importance on fire safety in care homes. Fire doors are essential for fire safety, but in the daily lives of care home residents, they can be problematic.

Power cuts and the Pro Range

Power cuts and the Pro Range

Approximately one million people were affected by the power cut on the 10th August 2019. Homes and businesses were left powerless, people travelling on trains were stranded and traffic lights were cut off, all the result of two power stations disconnecting.

What has this got to do with fire safety?

The main issue is, how will fire safety products work if there is nothing powering them?

  • Some products are battery powered, for example, wireless household fire alarms and so will not be affected by loss of mains power.
  • Some products may be controlled by mains power but have a battery backup pack for scenarios where the power isn’t working.
  • Products that depend on mains power to work will no longer function

Is Fireco’s Pro Range compliant during a power cut?

Fireco’s Pro Range consists of Dorgard Pro and Freedor Pro. Both products allow you to keep a fire door open safely and legally. The Transmitter is connected to the fire alarm panel so when the alarm is activated, will send a radio signal to allow all doors to close, stopping the spread of smoke and fire.

The Pro Range is designed to be the highest form of compliance (Category A/Critical). It has a built in fail-safe mechanism so when there is no power being sent to the Transmitter, all Pro products will automatically close the doors. This means the Pro Range will remain compliant, even during a power cut.

If you are concerned about how power loss may affect your fire safety then please speak to a member of our team on 01273 320650.

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