Fire & Emergency


Government announces £30m Waking Watch Fund for fire alarm installations to ‘reduce reliance on patrols’

Designed to 'remove' or 'reduce' the need for interim safety measures at high-rise buildings with unsafe cladding, the UK Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, announced a £30 million Waking Watch Relief Fund on 17 December. Read More

Grenfell Tower fire: Inquiry suspended following UK lockdown

72 people were killed by the horrific fire that engulfed the Grenfell Tower block of flats in North Kensington, West London on Wednesday, 14 June 2017. Read More

IFSEC Global’s 2020 most read in fire safety

Check out the most read and popular articles and resources related to the fire safety sector in 2020. Read More

‘Hundreds of blocks of flats’ in England and Wales found to have ‘missing’ or ‘faulty’ fire prevention measures

A BBC investigation has detailed how post-Grenfell cladding inspections have uncovered a series of other fire risks. Read More

Revision of PAS 79 published to help reduce fire risk and improve the safety of non-domestic buildings and housing premises

BSI, in its role as the UK National Standards Body, has published PAS 79, Fire Risk Assessment. Guidance and a recommended methodology. Read More

‘COVID-19 controls increasing fire risks at work’, warns safety expert

Controls to limit the risks of COVID-19 transmission are having an impact on the management of workplace fire risks, according to a firefighter and safety trainer. Read More

How COVID-19 may be affecting fire safety procedures for SMEs

Dakota Murphey explores some of the ways that COVID-19 has affected fire safety procedures at smaller businesses, many of who may not have dedicated safety officials, and what they need to consider upon reassessment. Read More

Fire safety changes to sprinkler thresholds in Approved Document B come into force

Documents in Approved Document B, the documents relating to fire safety in the Building Regulations, were updated on 26th November to incorporate 2020 amendments. A key part of these changes is the trigger height to fit sprinklers in tall buildings has been reduced to 11m (typically four floors), from 30m (typically 10 floors). Read More

Delay in implementing Grenfell recommendations ‘abysmal’, says FPA

Jonathan O’Neill, Managing Director of the Fire Protection Association (FPA), has commented on the Lord’s amendment which requires Grenfell Inquiry recommendations to be implemented on the Fire Safety Bill. Read More

Fire Safety Bill receives amendments from House of Lords

On 19 March 2020, The Home Office introduced the new Fire Safety Bill, in an effort to improve fire safety in buildings in England and Wales. In September the Bill passed its first stage before becoming law, clearing the commons despite calls from politicians to make adjustments to ensure the recommendations of the Grenfell Tower inquiry’s first phase were implemented. Read More



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