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We’ve always done it that way!

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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When is a fire alarm not a fire alarm?

When is a fire alarm not a fire alarm?

There are ten million deaf and hearing impaired people in the UK. That’s a huge amount of people that struggle to recognise a fire alarm. One in six people whose needs, frankly, are left wanting. But why?

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Software thingy car scandal

Software thingy car scandal

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.

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What is the real cost of fire?

What is the real cost of fire?

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.

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The most shocking false fire alarms uncovered!

The most shocking false fire alarms uncovered!

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.

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Car smothered with sticky notes

Car smothered with sticky notes

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...

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Fire safety — has your hotel got it covered?

Fire safety — has your hotel got it covered?

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.

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Is your fire door safe or life threatening?

Is your fire door safe or life threatening?

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.

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Five fire safety fails

Five fire safety fails

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!

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