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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.
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.
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.
Fire safety can be an extremely confusing subject. There’s a lot to think about, with laws and regulations. Sometimes the lines between practical fire safety advice and the law can become crossed.
In 2016, UCAS registered 507,108 university applicants. Statistically speaking, 1 in 6 of these applicants will have a hearing impairment. That’s a staggering 84,518 students.
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?
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.
Twitter is a marvellous thing. It’s as if everyone’s subconscious has suddenly been given a voice. I’m always intrigued by what people say in their tweets, especially students. For me, it’s an invaluable resource of comments and new ideas.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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...
Call-handling systems are a bad idea that should not be trusted with your biggest asset — a buying customer. They don’t work and we all hate them.
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.
The current frenzy about cars artfully dodging emissions regulations is synthesized. Made up. People in the industry (I bet) have been rolling their eyes and saying that they have known it for decades.
In 2015 a London hotel owner received a massive fine of £230,000, plus a four month prison sentence for huge fire safety breaches, including missing fire doors, no fire risk assessment and fire doors tied open using string and an extinguisher used as a wedge.
The fire alarm goes off and you immediately leave the building to safety. The fire brigade arrives with two fire engines to investigate the emergency situation which turns out to be — a slice of burnt toast. Perhaps you have encountered this situation.
If animals were types of communication, the gazelle might be the tweet, an SMS a sweet little humming bird, an HMRC letter a rhinoceros (thick skinned and charges a lot) and a posted paper letter the most ancient dinosaur anybody can think of. Faxes might...
Did you know that around 42% of hotels in England fail to meet satisfactory standards in their fire inspection? In June 2015, David Schofield, owner of the Park Hotel in Paignton was fined £9,274 and sentenced to six months imprisonment for severe fire safety breaches.
Fire doors protect lives. Regulations state they need to be kept closed. Wedging open fire doors is a risk which can result in devastating consequences. Here are some common examples that make a fire door useless.
Taking preventive measures to reduce accidents is a vital part of all schools’ ongoing commitment to health and safety. Unfortunately some people have taken this too far and it has resulted in some ludicrous policies being introduced.
Wedging open fire doors poses a huge risk in the event of a fire as it allows fire and smoke to spread rapidly throughout the building. To avoid a heavy fine or a fire at your residence, here are a few safety fails to which other premises have fallen victim!