Timber frame buildings, cladding and toxicity – the industry is running out of time to influence change

In the last three months alone, we have seen five UK fires in commercial and residential timber framed buildings. Fires which have put multiple lives and property at risk. The Worcester Park fire in September saw a four-story block of flats destroyed and families lose their homes and belongings. Despite the widely reported tragedy at Grenfell Tower in 2017 and the progress made from the Independent Review of Building Regulations

DHF publishes new document on changes to CE marking of fire and smoke resisting industrial doors

Tamworth-based trade association, DHF (Door & Hardware Federation), has published a new downloadable document for the industrial door sector, named Changes to CE marking of Fire and Smoke Resisting Industrial Doors.  The long-awaited publication reveals what is required, and is to be used, in conjunction with DHF TS012:2019 and is now accessible from the federation’s website. CE marking of powered doors, whether fire/smoke resisting or not, has been mandatory under

British Standards BS 5839-6:2019 –What’s changed?

The BSI’s recent update of the domestic fire detection and alarm system standard, specifically Part 6 of BS 5839, outlines the code of practice for fire alarm systems Ian Ballinger, Certification Manager for FireAngel, outlines the key updates that professionals should be aware of in order to ensure constant compliance when specifying, installing and maintaining fire detection systems in domestic properties. First launched in 1995, British Standard BS5839-6 has long

Protection with advanced fire detection

Fire detectors are the foundation of virtually all fire protection systems. However, this does not mean all detectors are the same. On the contrary, the requirements for reliably detecting fires vary as greatly as the application areas themselves: Fire detectors analyse the surrounding air to identify elements of fire, such as smoke, heat or carbon monoxide. This task may be relatively easy or very hard depending, for example, on the

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New fire safety standards to be introduced for Scottish homes in 2021

New rules to reduce deaths in household fires have been announced to come into force in February 2021, with improved standards introduced for fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes. The improved standards will mean 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

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LDA ONE obtains EN 54 certification

Spanish manufacturer, LDA Audio Tech, has announced that its LDA ONE evacuation solution has been awarded the double certification of EN 54-16 and EN 54-4. According to the manufacturer, LDA ONE is the most compact system that has this double certification for both the control unit and its built-in battery charger. The certificate guarantees that the ONE-500 unit complies with the European standard EN 54-16 on voice alarm control and indicating equipment,

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Kentec protects Maidstone Studios and its stars

A Taktis panel from life safety control systems manufacturer, Kentec, installed by DPJ Fire and Security Ltd is helping protect visitors, staff and actors at Maidstone Studios in Kent, one of the UK’s largest independent broadcasting facilities. Maidstone Studios provides state of the art studios, production offices, dressing rooms, green rooms, wardrobe and make-up space. It is home to some of the nation’s favourite shows including Take Me Out and

FM Approvals

Advanced panels recognised with FM Approvals diamond mark

Axis EN and MxPro 5 fire panels from Advanced, have been certified by FM Approvals to the EN 54 standard, becoming the first UK-manufactured fire alarm control panels to attain this accreditation.  The FM Approved diamond is one of the most prestigious certification marks in the world. It is issued by FM Approvals, a member of the FM Global Group, for products that adhere to the highest property conservation standards

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4EVAC’s new IMPACT showcased at ISE 2019

Voice alarm (VA) and public address (PA) systems manufacturer, 4EVAC, showcased its new IMPACT system at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), at the RAI in Amsterdam in early February 2019. Previewed at last year’s ISE, IMPACT has already made an impression as the latest addition to 4EVAC’s range of modular systems, namely the COMPACT 500 and LoopDrive. IMPACT features 4EVAC’s signatory modular control and monitoring products that deliver secure communications to