Fire Prevention


Housing Secretary pledges additional £3.5bn to tackle cladding crisis

Fund is in addition to the £1.6bn released for the Building Safety Fund, announced last year, and will be used to help remove unsafe cladding from high-rise buildings, but critics say the proposals fall short of what is needed. Read More

Government’s £30m Waking Watch Fund for fire alarm installations is open for applications

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 the £30 million Waking Watch Relief Fund is open for applications. 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

False alarms account for 42% of FRS incidents in 2020

Fire and rescue incident statistics for England, have been released by the Home Office for the year ending June 2020, containing statistics about incidents attended by the services (FRS). Read More

Time to take a remote approach to fire safety

Ian Ballinger, Head of Projects and Certification at FireAngel, explores the benefits of following the principles of the Draft Building Safety Bill by procuring connected fire safety technologies that successfully future-proof an entire housing portfolio through the facilitation of a ‘Golden thread’ of digital building information that is accessible in real time by all necessary individuals. Read More

Brigade issues heater warning ahead of work from home winter

The London Fire Brigade is urging people to take extra care when heating homes as many prepare for a work from home winter. In the last five years, portable heaters have caused over 700 fires and injured more than 140 people. Read More

Fire Door Safety Week 2020

Fire Door Safety Week was first launched in 2013, in response to a legacy of fire door neglect. It returns once more for its seventh year in 2020, highlighting research undertaken into the state of fire door maintenance, inspection and replacements across local authority owned and managed housing in the UK Read More

Social and private landlords urged to accelerate plans to remove and replace ACM cladding

The Mayor of London and London Fire Commissioner have called for faster action on the nationwide building safety crisis. Read More

Scotland explores potential for firestopping certification scheme

After the Scottish Government commissioned a series of independent inquiries into building safety and the effectiveness of the Scottish Building Standards system, a study was undertaken to identify whether a new firestopping certification scheme should be implemented. Read More



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