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Post-Its are ectoplasm

Don’t get me wrong, they can be useful. There are those workshops where people slap them around on walls with words like ‘OPTIMISM’ and ‘EMPOWERMENT’ scrawled on them. I am sure that can help but it’s a bit earnest for my taste. I prefer quiet reflection.

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The next cucumber

Notices are one of those things that give me nervous twitches. If you want a clue about what an organisation is like, read its notices. A notice is so often a sign of a glitch in the works. For the sake of my sanity, I have named these glitches cucumbers.

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The chicken and the wheelie bin

I used to be quite calm about door wedges before I worked at Fireco. Even on fire doors. In hotels, universities, factories – in any place you can think of, the door wedge rules. It’s cheap, it’s effective and it’s lethal.

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Do gnats get verrucas?

When I was ten, I remember playing with a compressed air vice where my Dad worked designing and selling automation products. He was in his office, probably wondering which hydrocheck or solendoid operated valve to use and happily smoking.

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What added fuel to the Great Fire of London?

In 1666, the Great Fire of London scorched 400 of the city’s streets. There were 13,200 houses and 87 churches all blazing in flames, leaving London in ashes. Here are some of the reasons why the Great Fire of London was one of the biggest fires the world has ever seen.

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We’ve always done it that way!

Grace Hopper once said “The most dangerous phrase a manager can use is ‘we’ve always done it that way”. Hopper was a pioneering computer scientist whose work was central to the development of one of the foundational high-level computer programming languages.

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What does compliance look like?

Fire safety is often overlooked as, luckily, fires don’t happen all the time. Companies who don’t have the right precautions in place are more likely to lose stock, property, their business and, in the worst circumstances, their lives.

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How to wake deaf friends and not alienate people

Fiona Stewart had a scary experience at a hotel recently. Fiona, who is deaf, woke up surrounded by her mother, a firefighter and the hotel manager. No, this wasn’t some kind of weird dream. The hotel’s fire alarm had been set off and the building was evacuated.

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Are fire doors and access a contradiction?

Make no mistake, fire doors save lives and property. Not just a regular door, fire doors are a building’s armour in a fire. They block fire and smoke from rapidly spreading so people can escape. But what about when there is no fire?

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Kitchen fires — a student rite of passage?

There are people tweeting nearly every day about setting off fire alarms in their halls or starting a fire in the kitchen, sometimes within hours of each other. And this is from universities across the UK. It’s something of a ‘hot’ topic.

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It’s what we do — why I work for Fireco

We’re a bit different at Fireco. Like any business, we want to be credible and we want to be trustworthy and professional, BUT, we also know that you can’t spend 40+ hours every week with the same people without being yourself and having fun.

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Fire industry groupthink

To test if a diamond is real, try it on a mirror and it will scratch. People believed this long after Zirconium paste was shown to be equally able to pass the infallible test. It astonishes me how susceptible we are to psychological bias.

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Fire doors — thugs of health and safety

Maybe in prehistoric times cavemen used fire to protect themselves from dinosaurs but instead sustained more burns than protection. Perhaps in the Bronze Age more people were injured digging up flint than injured by the arrows they made from it.

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Fire safety fines for students

Students are a high-risk group when it comes to fire. Did you know that 81% of students undertake activities that increase the risk of fire in their accommodation?

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Most confusing fire signs

Do you know where the fire exit is? Fire exit signs form an important part of your emergency escape plan. They should be clearly visible and provide the quickest route to exit the premises. They save lives in an emergency. But what if fire signs aren’t...

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Five unusual fire escapes

Every building should have emergency exit routes and fire exits, otherwise known as the ‘means of escape.’ Here are the 5 most unusual fire escapes.

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