Is the”stay put” policy still relevant?


Is the”stay put” policy for fires in high rise buildings still relevant? The fires in Grenfell tower in London earlier this year and the high rise fire in Dunmurry Belfast last week (https://www.nifrs.org/fire-coolmoyne-house-dunmurry-belfast/) have brought about a discussion on whether occupants should evacuate or stay in their apartment, questioning the whole “stay put” policy! This

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Fire safety, what are the benefits?


There are many benefits for fire risk management, but I regularly come across businesses across Belfast and further afield that have not taken any measures to protect their business from a fire! One of the reoccurring reasons is the lack of the knowledge of the requirements in NI fire safety legislation. The need to comply with

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Disabled Evacuation – Fire safety management


Disabled evacuation – your responsibilities! So the fire alarm has just sounded in your premises. On your way out you pass a man in a wheelchair. He needs help but you are not sure what to do? Well, preparation is the key with planning at the forefront! There are a few things you need to

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Fire safety, what are the benefits?


 There are benefits to you as an employer and as a business owner in managing fire safety, but I regularly come across businesses across Belfast and further afield that have not taken any measures to protect their business from a fire! One of the reoccurring reasons is the lack of the knowledge of the requirements in

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Electrical fires – whats the risk?


Fires started by electrical units are one of the most common causes of fire! But what can you do as a business owner to lower the risk of a fire starting from an electrical source? So the first thing you need to consider is the fire risk from the main electrical installation. This is generally

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Fire Alarms in your business . . .


So you have a fire alarm? But what actually do you need to know about fire alarms in your business? Firstly it is critical that the alarm is installed by a competent fire alarm engineer. Not all electricians are qualified to fit or maintain an alarm as this is a separate discipline! Ensure you receive

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Staff fire training; do you really need it??


There have been many discussions over the years as to why staff should complete fire training at all! The short answer is that yes staff need complete staff fire training. This should be done as soon as possible after they start and around every two years after that. The first day of work should include

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Signs! Fire safety – are you compliant?


Signs, either a famine or a feast! The majority of buildings I assess have a reasonable amount, but what do you as the client actually require? Its worth noting that each site is different so I am writing this as a “general” thought towards signs Ok, so the first one I always look for is

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Electrical fires – are you at risk!


With the use of electrical items rising in the workplace with items such as mobile phone, tablets, the always busy laptops and now the move into “E-cigarettes”, it may be worth noting the risk to your business from electrical fires! As part of your Fire risk assessment, consideration should be given to the installed electrics

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Fire Door Safety Week!


It’s Fire door safety week, but what exactly does this mean to you and your business? First, you should be checking the fire doors in the premises at least once a month. These checks should include; Whether the door fully closes into the frame on the closer (if fitted) Electrical cupboard doors don’t require a

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