Hochiki's ESP intelligent range of addressable fire detection and alarm equipment has been leading the market in addressable life safety for over 30 years. And now with the opening of the new state of the art warehousing facility in Kent customers of the innovative ESP range can expect a 25% increase in manufacturing capability, improved despatch efficiency and the option of next day delivery.
Find out moreThe Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have announced that, from July 1st 2023, they will no longer attend all alarm signals generated from an automatic fire alarm system. Instead, the Call Challenge approach will be invoked with an aim to reduce the number of false alarms their crews attend.
Find out moreIn April 2023 in the UK we saw the Fire Safety Event taking place at the NEC, Birmingham. At double the size of the previous year the event saw a mix of exhibitors, speakers and opportunities for CPD, and with the show exhibitors finding themselves nestled between the Security Show and Health and Safety event there was plenty of scope for the conversation to spread further into other industries.
Find out moreIf you are looking to update your existing fire alarm system, install a new system into a new building or seeking maintenance on devices already installed then you need to ensure you look for a fire safety expert who has BAFE accreditation – the hallmark of quality and competency for the fire industry. In this article we look at the benefits of working with BAFE registered installers.
Find out moreIn this guide we will cover the essential information that facilities teams, building owners, and responsible persons, need to ask for when it comes to the safe and compliant installation of Emergency Lighting. The questions listed below are not an exhaustive list but cover off some of the important aspects that electrical engineers, fire systems installers, designer and building contractors should be aware of to complete a safe and compliant life safety installation.
Find out moreThis month sees World Engineering Day, a day where globally we can celebrate the engineering industry, the important contributions it has made and how it is shaping the future. So, with this important day in mind, we wanted to share the interesting story of how, one of our colleagues Sheree Collins, based at our HQ in Gillingham, turned a personal passion for ‘tinkering’ into a career as a Surface Mount Technology Engineer at Hochiki Europe.
Find out moreFor over 100 years Hochiki have been at the forefront of life safety technology, with over 2000 employees working across six manufacturing plants, 38 sales offices and 14 subsidiaries. As part of a series of blogs in 2023 we are going to introduce you to some of the team behind our life safety technology. First up is Robert Drake, Director of Research and Development at Hochiki Europe.
Find out moreWhile it may seem counterintuitive that fire is even a risk in spaces designed to maintain cold temperatures, cold storage in fact presents a huge fire hazard for warehouse designers and builders, life safety installation companies and facility owners. In this article we cover the risks, considerations and best detection products when thinking about life safety for cold storage warehouses.
Find out moreEver heard the phrase ‘it’s in the cloud’? These days almost everything we do now uses cloud technology. From browsing the internet, surfing social media, watching the latest drop from your favourite streaming channel or listening to music online, to accessing CRM systems and collaboration software at work. Even some toothbrushes send data back to the manufacturer – and here in the fire industry we are no different, with the demand, driven by big enterprise, for life safety systems to become smart.
Find out moreIf you are the responsible person for a commercial building, including shared areas in houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), blocks of flats and maisonettes, you are required by law to ensure the equipment and procedures are in place to detect, alert and notify all occupants of the building to act in the event of a fire.
Find out moreThe end of this month sees the biggest online shopping event of the year happen. Black Friday, 2022 is set to be a week-long event where brick-and-mortar and online retailers offer huge discounts and one-off deals to encourage consumer spend. And despite the UK being on the cusp of a recession, Brits are predicted to spend an estimated £3.95 billion on Black Friday and Cyber Monday purchases this year.
Find out moreThis week is National Recycling Week, where people up and down the country will be trying to find ways to be more sustainable in their day to day lives. The efforts of individuals will of course play its part in helping the UK to become a greener place to live, however it is big industry like manufacturing that will make by far the great impact.
Find out moreAccording to the latest Home Office report, released in August, false alarms make up 98% of automatic fire alarm confirmed incidents in 2020/21; 90% of this figure is due to faulty apparatus.
Find out moreFire and life safety within Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) is a topic that is being discussed more now than ever before. With a number of high-profile events casting a spotlight on the importance of the subject, leaders from a multitude of sectors and industries are working together to better protect these properties and their occupants.
Find out moreModules, also known as interfaces, are powerful devices designed to connect fire detection systems with other fire safety devices and/ or third-party equipment. For example, if there is a fire in a factory, you may wish to release magnetic locks on fire doors, send signals to access controls and automatically shut down plant machinery; all of which can be done through the capabilities of a module. The problem is, with so many modules available, how do you know which one you need?
Find out moreWhat is Carbon Monoxide? Carbon Monoxide is a highly toxic gas which is difficult detect without a CO detector. It is known as ‘the silent killer’, because it is colourless, odourless, tasteless, yet deadly. It is produced by the incomplete burning of various fuels, including; coal, wood, charcoal, oil, kerosene, propane and natural gases. Toxic poisoning isn’t just confined to domestic properties; there have been many cases in which care homes, schools and commercial premises have experienced gas leaks. Faulty boilers, generators and plant machinery, are often the main causes of CO exposure.
Find out moreWhilst some argue that it is impossible to reduce costs without cutting corners, forward-thinking building maintenance teams have managed to employ some practical changes, which have not only reduced costs, but have also reduced carbon emissions, increased operational efficiency and helped them to remain fully compliant with legislation.
Find out moreMulti-sensors are the topic of conversation at the moment, but do we really understand them? This blog has been written to demystify multi-sensors and help you make a more informed decision when selecting the best detector for the environment.
Find out moreA private landlord has been fined a record £400,000 over the lack of emergency lighting and other breaches of fire health and safety legislation (luxreview, 2018). It is therefore the perfect time to remind building owners, installers, architects and consultants of the revisions made to BS 5266-1 2016. Please note, this blog has been written to provide essential information on key changes found in BS 5266-1 2016, but should never be utilised as a substitute for the standard itself.
Find out moreElectronic cigarettes, or ‘e-cigarettes’ as they’re more commonly known, were first introduced into the European retail market in 2006, just one year before Britain’s indoor smoking ban. Ten years’ later, an estimated two and a half million people in the UK are thought to use these devices regularly.
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