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Latest News – Euro Fire Protection Awarded New Contracts

We’ve been really busy lately with lots of exciting things happening at Euro Fire. Here’s a quick update to tell you about some of our latest news…

Euro Fire awarded Fire Protection and Maintenance Contract for Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

We’re pleased to announce that we have recently been awarded a new fire protection and maintenance contract, for large UK based construction firm Miller Asset. As part of this, Euro Fire Protection has secured a deal to provide planned and reactive fire maintenance services for the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL).

This contract will see us providing fire protection services and equipment, including fire detection systems and alarms at the 80 plus (CNWL) estate. We’re looking forward to sharing our expertise and knowledge on preventing and protecting against fires, to assist everyone involved at Miller in the smooth running of this contract.

Providing Fire Equipment Maintenance Services to Whipps Cross Hospital

As well as our work for Miller, we have also recently gained a contract to maintain the dry risers and hydrants for Barts Health Trust at Whipps Cross Hospital in London.

Whipps Cross University Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient and day-case services, with fire prevention being a top safety priority on the hospital’s premises. We look forward to working with the team at Whipps Cross and helping to provide a safer environment.

Delivering Fire Equipment On Site for Bouygues Construction at the University of Hertfordshire

Euro Fire supplying fire point stands on site for BouyguesOur client Bouygues Construction is currently working on the construction of student accommodation at The University of Hertfordshire. This is a massive project, with Bouygues building 2,500 student rooms on the new campus. We recently delivered 110 fire point construction stands on site for the new build, here’s a picture of our busy engineer overseeing the special delivery…

We have been supplying fire safety equipment to Bouygues for a number of years and are pleased to play a part in this latest project.

We are now Construction Line approved

And finally, in other news, Euro Fire Protection is now approved by Construction Line, the UK’s largest register of pre-qualified contractors and consultants. This helps us to make our supply process more efficient, saving both us and our clients time and money.

We’ll be bringing you more news very shortly…

Euro Fire Protection supply, install and maintain fire safety equipment and alarms across the UK. Give us a call now on 08000 515 199 to find out how we can help make your premises a safer place.

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Is a Conventional Fire Alarm System Right for Your Business?

Conventional fire alarms are the most basic type of fire detection system. They usually consist of several linked detectors, which are split into different zones – with each having its own circuit connecting multiple devices.

Conventional fire alarms are most appropriate for small businesses

Conventional fire detection systems are best suited to smaller businesses such as small offices, shops and restaurants. Larger premises or those with several different buildings spread out across one site will require a more complex and sophisticated system.

A good option for smaller budgets

One of the key considerations when deciding which alarm system to choose will obviously be your budget. In general, conventional fire panels, detectors and devices do tend to be the cheapest available, although there will be higher costs associated with installation. This is because all of the alarms in each zone have to be wired up, which will take time and more man hours to set up.

Once this has been completed however, the setup of the actual alarm system itself is fairly straightforward as unlike addressable systems, there is no configuration needed.

Wiring may be unsightly or unsuitable for some buildings

As conventional alarm systems require wiring, there are some situations where this may not be practical. Wiring can be unsightly and spoil the look of a building. This is a particular concern for listed buildings, as installing the cabling may cause disruption and damage to the fabric of the building.

How accurately do you need to pinpoint a fire’s location?

This is crucial in larger buildings as you need a way of quickly identifying where a fire has started, so the fire brigade can be informed. Conventional fire alarms can identify the zone that the alarm has been triggered in, although this is where they are limited. If your premises require a more accurate way of locating a fire, then analogue addressable fire systems would be more appropriate as these can track which detector picked up the fire.

How quickly does the alarm need to be raised?

In some larger buildings or where there are many people present within a confined area, it may be the case that the alarm needs to be raised very quickly so that evacuation can begin. If this is the case then standard smoke detectors which are zoned and incorporated into conventional systems may not be the most appropriate and the precision of addressable systems may be needed together with possibly even more advanced detection equipment.

Instead a special type of detector that can alert you to danger the exact moment a fire starts may be required. These are known as VESDAs (very early smoke detection apparatus) and are commonly found in public places such as cinemas, theatres and conference suites.

Not sure which type of fire alarm is best for your business?

If you’re not sure about which system would be the most appropriate for your premises, it’s important that you get an expert opinion. Fire safety is important and alarms play an essential role in protecting your workplace and your employees.

Get in touch with Euro Fire Protection for specialist advice on choosing fire alarms. We supply, install and maintain commercial fire detection systems, panels and devices across the UK. Call us now on: 08000 515 199.

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How to Prevent Fires Spreading

There are three main ingredients that a fire needs to keep it burning, fuel, oxygen and heat. Removing just one of these elements from the equation can stop a fire in its tracks. To do this safely and effectively you need to invest in fire protection.

There are two types of fire protection, active and passive. The initial aim of both is to slow down the speed at which a fire spreads, to protect property and save lives.

What is active fire protection?

Active fire protection comes into play when a fire has already started and involves systems and equipment to detect fires and fight them. Types of active fire protection include fire extinguishers, fire blankets and alarm systems. All of these methods however, require activation or operation, which is why they are considered active.

What is passive fire protection?

Passive fire protection on the other hand involves steps that can be taken to protect against fire before it breaks out. These include the design and structure of a building and how these can slow the spread of fire. The aim of passive fire protection is to keep a fire contained as much as possible, until help arrives to extinguish it.

Design and structure of a building can slow the spread of fire

Dividing up a building into different sections creates barriers that slow the speed at which flames spread. Each section should be sealed with a self-closing fire door that is activated automatically by the fire alarm being triggered. Special door and window frame seals that are activated by heat can help prevent smoke getting through openings, giving more time to people inside a burning building.

Flammables should be stored properly

If you are storing flammable materials on you site, particularly liquids and gases, then these must be kept in suitable containers in a designated safe area. Flammables can cause explosions, which rapidly accelerate the spread of a fire, so it’s important to follow strict guidelines regarding their storage and proper use.

Have the right firefighting equipment on site

It’s always a good idea to have basic equipment such as fire extinguishers on site so that you can stop fires if they are detected early on. Care must be taken however to ensure that the right types of extinguishers are placed in the right areas and that the people using them have the correct knowledge to enable them to operate them safely.

All fire extinguishers should also be maintained on an annual basis to ensure that they are kept in working order, so that they are ready if needed.

Fire alarm systems need to be installed

Of course it goes without saying that in a fire, every second counts. Having an appropriate system to detect and alert you to a fire is essential. As soon as the alarm has been raised, the fire brigade can be notified and the fire can be tackled quickly. Without some form of fire detection system, a fire can rage on uncontained, causing widespread damage to property and potentially put lives at risk.

How effective is your business’s fire protection? For a complete fire risk assessment from our fully qualified and accredited fire specialists call Euro Fire Protection now on: 08000 515 199.

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