Everything You Could Want to Know About Automatic Fire Curtains

As we operate in the fire safety industry, it’s often K & D Systems’ job not only to provide our customers with high-quality fire curtains, smoke curtains, and fire shutters, but to also provide peace of mind to our customers. Just as with insurance, the best-case scenario is that our fire and smoke curtains aren’t ever used, so some people never get to see just how effective our installations are. This means that it’s important for us to explain exactly how our installations work, so that customers and potential customers can appreciate our product. We know fire curtains are a relatively niche product, but we also know how effective they can be at saving lives and assets. Here’s everything we think you might want to know about automatic fire curtains.

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Are Fire Safety Audits Compulsory?

If you’re reading this blog post, then you’d like to know whether fire safety audits are compulsory. The quick answer is yes, they are, and they may even occur with no notice whatsoever. But the long answer will explain the nature of fire-safety audits/inspections and why they are carried out. This blog post will be useful to managers, managing directors, and any other Responsible Persons as defined by The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

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When Should Fire Safety Training be Refreshed?

If your workplace takes fire safety seriously, then most of the staff will have received some kind of fire safety training, perhaps learning about the fire triangle, the different kinds of fire safety equipment, and fire safety plans. For all kinds of reasons, however, fire safety training can go out of date and staff in your workplace may be due a refresher course. This article will look at reasons why fire safety training must be refreshed, offering practical advice when appropriate.replicas de relojes

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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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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.