Why is Fire Safety Important in a Care Home?

Following on from our previous two blog posts, which looked at fire safety in schools and fire safety in hospitals and the healthcare industry, we’d like to focus on the importance of fire safety in care homes. There are few residents of any dwelling as vulnerable as people who live in care homes. Healthcare equipment, loss of hearing, and mobility issues all complicate any fire safety plan in a care home. This guide is not a substitute for an official fire safety inspection, but it may help you understand and react to fire safety issues in the care industry.

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Why is Fire Safety Important in Schools?

Perhaps it goes without saying, but fire safety is especially important in schools, and there are many reasons for this. Not only do schools pack in hundreds of children and/or teenagers into a small space, but they also have chemistry labs, technology workshops, and huge foot traffic jams as pupils move from class to class. There are certain fire safety regulations that relate to schools, including the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, and the Education (School Premises) Regulations 2012. This blog post isn’t an official guide to fire safety legislation in schools; it is an informal introduction to the increased fire risks in schools and it offers some helpful insight and advice.

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Why is Fire Safety Important in the Healthcare Industry?

Fire safety is important in any building or profession, but due to the vulnerable patients and the sheer number of people living and working in hospitals, fire safety is arguably more important in hospitals than it is in many other workplaces. This article will look at specific problems, risks, and possible solutions for fire safety in the healthcare industry.

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A Brief History of Fire Safety in the UK

 

Fire safety is such an integral part of our society that it’s easy to think that it has always been here. And while people have always had a healthy respect for the destructive powers of fire, there haven’t always been agreed safety standards and enough knowledge to keep everyone safe. That’s exactly what fire safety legislation is for: it is a set of rules set out by experts to ensure everyone stays safe. As we like to dispel the myths about fire safety here at K & D Systems, and to help all our customers and readers better understand fire safety, we’d like to give a brief overview of fire safety in the UK.

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What is a Fire Safety Plan?

As K & D Systems specialises in fire curtains and fire shutters, we’re usually in contact with conscientious companies who are very aware of the potential dangers fire poses to their workforce, their assets, and their premises. However, we know that not all businesses take fire safety as seriously as they should and some just need a little bit of guidance. This blog is our way of helping companies get their fire safety knowledge up to scratch, but it isn’t a replacement for official fire-safety training. In today’s blog, we’re looking at fire safety and evacuation plans. For more information, visit GOV.uk.

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What Different Kinds of Fire Are There? (Part 2)

Yesterday, we wrote part 1 in our blog post explaining the different kinds of fire and how to extinguish them. Today, we’d like to follow it up with the last two kinds of fire and a little reminder of the three components of a fire triangle, which we covered in more detail in our dedicated Fire Triangle blog post. In part 1, we covered the following kinds of fires, all characterised by the kind of fuel they burn:

  • Ordinary combustion fires – Class A
  • Flammable liquids – Class B
  • Flammable gases – Class C
  • Metal fires – Class D

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What Different Kinds of Fire Are There? (Part 1)

Anyone interested in fire safety at some point has probably wondered what different kinds of fires there are. The type of fire changes depending on the type of fuel that is burning. And as we covered in our Fire Triangle blog post in May, fuel is one of the vital three components of any fire. Different kinds of fires require different kinds of fire extinguishing methods and tools. So, understanding the difference between them could help save lives and a lot of money in damages – especially if a fire is in the workplace. All UK fires are classed according to the European Standard Classification of Fires, which is used across the European Union. This blog post will look at the different classes of fire and how you can prevent/fight them.

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Fire Safety Signs (Part 1)

Everyone will have noticed fire safety signs dotted around most workplaces at some point. Fire safety signs have been so commonplace that it is difficult to imagine the world without them. But before the 1992 Safety Signs Directive came into effect for all EU members, there wasn’t a complete, rigorous set of laws governing health and safety signs and standards in the workplace.  These laws were then updated to the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 legislation.

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Fire Safety Equipment

Last week, we published a blog post that looked at the fire triangle (also known as the combustion triangle). In it, we discussed how fires are ignited and sustained by three ingredients: fuel, heat, and oxygen. This follow-up blog post explains which fire safety equipment can be used to remove each element of the fire triangle, thus putting out the fire. There are many ways to put out a fire, and this article looks at several of them. Understanding as much as possible about firefighting equipment can ensure you deal with a fire effectively and as safely. Misusing the equipment will not only make it less effective, but it can also prove dangerous for the user.

(Note: Although well informed, none of our advice is officially certified and does not serve as a substitute for official fire safety training.)

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7 reasons to trust K & D Systems

  1. We're amazing value for money: all our manufacturing takes place within our plant in Sunderland.
  2. We have a team there to respond to all quotes within 24 hours.
  3. Our installation team have over 30 years' fitting experience.
  4. All our smoke and fire curtains are independently tested either by Warrington or Chiltern Fire and are fully certified.
  5. We offer controlled decent and gravity fail safe systems.
  6. We are continually investing in research and development.
  7. We offer a 3 day turnaround time* on production.

*3 day turnaround time subject to certain restrictions; please ask us.