What you need to know about fire door safety

A correctly installed fire door remains fundamental to most fire safety strategies in buildings, despite overall technological advances in building fire safety. The Regulations Changes in regulations regarding fire safety came into force in 2006 following the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (England and Wales). Now, one of the legal duties of building occupiers … Continue reading “What you need to know about fire door safety”

Visual alarm devices – their effectiveness in warning of fire

How effective are Xenon and LED VADs? The effectiveness of Xenon and LED visual alarm devices (VADs), used to warn deaf and hard of hearing people of fire, has been investigated in a recently completed research project. The purpose of this research project was to compare the responses of a group of participants to flashing … Continue reading “Visual alarm devices – their effectiveness in warning of fire”

Is your ductwork safe?

Minimising fire risk, maximising hygiene and functionality are all good reasons to ensure your building’s ductwork is effectively maintained and cleaned on a regular basis. The new Loss Prevention Standard (LPS 2084) seeks to minimise fire risk from ducting. In response to the issues caused by ineffective cleaning and maintenance, BRE Global has launched a new … Continue reading “Is your ductwork safe?”

Martin Shipp becomes IFE International President 2017-18

BRE Global’s Fire Safety Technical Development Director, Martin Shipp, was installed as the Institute of Fire Engineers’ International President.  BRE team members witnessed Martin’s inauguration at the recent IFE International Conference (11/12th July 2017). Pictured left to right: Peter Bonfield, Steve Manchester, Martin Shipp, Ciara Holland, Connor McIntosh, Jeremy Ockenden at the IFE Gala Dinner, … Continue reading “Martin Shipp becomes IFE International President 2017-18”

It all started with Johnnie

Tyres have been made from wood as well as leather,  iron and steel (wrapped around wooden wheels), and used on carts and wagons. The original spelling was ‘tire’, which comes from the French word tirer: to pull. Pneumatic tyres The first practical air-filled pneumatic tyre was made in 1888 by John Boyd Dunlop, a Scots-born vet, for his … Continue reading “It all started with Johnnie”

Spacecraft to basements: exploring the frontiers of fire safety at third BRE Fire Research Conference

BRE’s 2017 Fire Research Conference brings together its most diverse programme of papers yet on contemporary fire engineering challenges, ranging from space travel and airports, to photovoltaic energy and product regulation in the wake of BREXIT. Featuring guest speakers alongside BRE fire engineers and investigators, other themes include multi-sensor detectors and fire alarms, innovations in … Continue reading “Spacecraft to basements: exploring the frontiers of fire safety at third BRE Fire Research Conference”