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  • July 2021 had unenviably been labelled Earth’s hottest month on record, thanks to data from NOAA’s National Centres for Environmental Information.  The land surface temperature in the northern hemisphere was an unprecedented 1.54C (2.77F) above average.  It is no wonder then, that 2021 has seen......

  • Currently, there are no specific provisions in standards for the fire design of bridges, neither in terms of protection, nor from developing fire mitigation strategies in bridges.  Peter Stephenson, Business Development Manager, and Doctor Mostafa Jafarian PhD MSc, Technical Manager – Structures & Façades, Warringtonfire......

  • December 2021 marked the 75th anniversary of the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history – the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta. The hotel was full that night, with 280 guests and the fire killed 119 people. In the same year 61 people lost their lives in......

  • Cooking equipment, careless smoking and electrical malfunctions  are three of the leading causes of fire in hotels. Aside from the serious threat to life and property posed by genuine fires, failure to provide and maintain high-quality fire protection measures has other dire consequences too as......

  • Every market and industry segment has faced enormous struggles throughout 2020 and 2021, and in the fire safety certification business, the pandemic has added another layer of difficulties to an already complex process. Fortunately, reflects Len Swantek, Director – Global Regulatory Compliance, Victaulic today’s technology......

  • … how the Gulf is adopting and implementing change As jurisdictions, developers, specialist consultants, contractors and suppliers work towards designing and / or implementing new regimes to minimise potential future damages due to façade fires, Abhishek Chhabra, Market Development Manager, Thomas Bell Wright provides an......

  • It is imperative that all businesses prepare themselves for unseen disasters, particularly the risks associated with fire. In the case of data centres writes Peter Stephenson, Business Development Manager, Warringtonfire, reliable fire protection systems and a robust fire protection strategy should provide continuous availability of......

  • The aviation sector has been seeking change in the fire protection requirements for hangars and the newest edition, 2022, of NFPA 409, Standard on Aircraft Hangars, takes a more holistic approach to a hangar’s fire risk and the protection that should be required. Now Aaron......

  • Fire is something that ignores boundaries, does not care about money, and has destructive and potentially life-threatening impacts. We have seen building fires and disasters in recent years sending shockwaves across the world writes gary strong,  Global Building Standards Director Fire Safety Lead, RICS and......

  • When comparing materials for fire suppression, you are essentially asking two questions. One: ‘is this material better to work with?’ Two: ‘Is this material better at protecting buildings?’ Alternatives to traditional steel have to be able to answer these challenges. They must provide safer, more......

  • Sometimes knowledge and understanding of industry specific terms, applications and purpose are presumed, so here Harrison Spencer goes back to basics with regards to fire protection methods, explaining the differences between active and passive fire protection, and the importance of balance for the safety of......

  • It may be a European Standard, but it could well have a worldwide impact: EN 14972, the European standard for fixed land-based water mist systems. Based on the Vienna Agreement – which stipulates the exchange of information and increased transparency – standardisation bodies can adopt......

  • Under the NFPA’s Response and Responder Safety Document Consolidation Plan, it intends to create a single source where NFPA 1960 will specify minimum requirements. The consolidation plan aims to improve the overall experience of the ERRS standards development process. The current NFPA standard – NFPA......

  • There are many scenarios where working at height is simply unavoidable and some of the most hazardous work sees operatives working on top of an elevated surface or structure. It’s here where selecting the correct fall arrest solution is critical. Jon Rowan, Product Line Manager......

  • The task of meeting a wide range of global regulations also continues far beyond the final product design and the factory floor procedures. Products that have been tested and qualified for certification by various agencies and Notified Bodies for many years can be met with......