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June 13, 2019
Fire Standards UK Homes

BSI releases full revision of standard for fire safety

According to a recent article published on Specification Online, around 80% of all fire deaths and injuries in the UK occur in domestic premises, totalling over 300 deaths and around 9,000 related injuries each year. Fire detection and fire alarm systems are proven to substantially reduce the risk of death or serious injury from fire. The fire fatality rate is an estimated two to three times higher when no smoke detector is present and functioning than in those premises with […]
June 7, 2019
Which

eBay removes smoke alarm listings following ‘extremely concerning’ tests by Which?

Smoke alarms sold via the online marketplace failed to detect smoke. eBay has removed the listings for smoke alarms that failed to detect smoke after a series of tests were conducted by consumer watchdog Which?. A new warning has been issued over the safety of cheap smoke alarms bought online after devices purchased from eBay and Wish failed every mock test, according to Which?. The study found that the four alarms tested in the trial accounted for 171 of the […]
June 6, 2019
Children’s Safety Week

Children’s Safety Week

Child Safety Week is an annual campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented. In 2019 the Children’s Burns Trust is working alongside CAPT to raise awareness of the number of children that are seriously burned and scalded each year. Many of these accidents are entirely preventable. The theme for this year’s Child Safety Week is ‘Family life today: where’s the risk?’ It highlights […]
May 30, 2019
fire safety at home

New fire safety standards

NEW rules to reduce deaths in household fires have been announced, with improved standards introduced for fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes. It means that from February 2021 every home in the country must have a smoke alarm fitted in the living room or lounge, and in circulation spaces such as hallways and landings. The changes also mean every kitchen must have a heat alarm, and the alarms will have to be interlinked so they can be heard throughout […]