Water mist – the firefighting system and the organisation behind it

Ragnar Wighus, IWMA past president and chief scientist at SP Fire Research Norway, says: ‘Water-mist firefighting systems are well established and have been in use for well over 20 years in their present stage of technology.’ Funnily enough, there are…

The future of fire-alarm systems maintenance, delivered via the cloud

Regular maintenance of fire-alarm systems and timely response to malfunctions are part of every installer’s service promise. But maintaining, servicing and monitoring fire-safety equipment can prove time- and cost-intensive, especially across multiple locations. Now a fully cloud-based solution, Bosch Remote…

Ensuring fire-system effectiveness in historic sites

The threat and consequences of fire in any building are serious, but historic structures pose a particularly complex challenge for the people and systems charged with protecting them. Not only do these buildings tend to be complex and varied in…

Smoke and mirrors

Smoke shafts are simple, yet effective, ventilation systems that help maintain tenable conditions in common escape routes in the event of a fire. Mechanically ventilated smoke shafts are now a widely used solution, yet there is still an air of…

Fire Industry Association research sheds light on detection of stratified smoke

Fire detection in large open spaces has often proved to be challenging. BS5839-1 provides clear guidelines for detection at the ceiling and this may be perfectly sufficient for many applications. However, a few designers have been embarrassed to receive customer…

Clearing the air on mechanical smoke extraction guidance

The current lack of definitive guidance for auditing mechanical smoke extraction designs in high-rise buildings means that their specification is often based on cost rather than verifiable information on their performance. Simon Plummer, national fire safety manager at FläktGroup, explains…

End false alarms thanks to advances in false-alarm management techniques

“Most nights, the fire alarm goes off after midnight in the building where I live. It rings for about 20 minutes before security switches it off. This has been happening for almost three years. The alarm has never yet been…

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