Latest Fire Statistics Released

The latest fire statistics for 2011-2012 have been released by the government.  During this period fire brigades were called out a total of 585,000 times, including false alarm calls.

Although it appears that there was a drop in the number of call outs to actual fires in comparison to the previous year there were still a total of 380 fatalities from fires in dwellings compared to 404 last year. The reduction in fatalities is a good step forward, however there is still along way to go to reduce this further.

These figures are a stark reminder that if a working fire alarm had been fitted in these premises the number of fatalities could have been reduced further. It was noted that there is an increased risk of fatality for the over 80 age group.

Here is the full report.

How to Cope With a Christmas Tree Fire

Most of us have now got our Christmas trees up and decorated, all twinkling lights and glittering baubles.  With this we are not only introducing a bit of festive spirit into our homes but also a fire risk. As the needles dry out and the electric light chains are wrapped around the branches we have to be aware that a fire could start on a Christmas tree.

If you have a real tree, make sure you give it water on a regular basis, this will reduce the speed at which a fire will accelerate should the tree catch fire. As the fire can start due to an electrical fault with tree lights, turn off your lights before going to bed or if you go out.

Make sure that your smoke alarms have been tested and that you have a fire extinguisher at hand. Traditional extinguishers, which should mostly be capable of putting out a Christmas tree fire, will leave the room in a devastating mess. Water mist fire extinguishers, on the other hand, deploy a fine water mist, which is very effective at putting out a fire,  but will not leave any additional mess to clear up afterwards.

Watch this video to see how effective the water mist extinguisher is when tackling a Christmas tree fire.

As you can see there is no water being sprayed all over the tree or room. The water mist extinguishes the fire with speed. There are no chemicals in this extinguisher, making it safe to use near children or pets.

For more information, please call our customer care team on Freephone 0800 612 6537 or visit our website.

Fireproof safes explained

What is the difference between fireproof safes for paper, digital media and data? How does the safe keep the temperatures inside low? These are just some of the question our customers ask. Our editor Sally Heavens has researched everything that is known about fireproof safes and compacted that knowledge into a buying guide.

How to keep candlelight processions safe?

With Christmas fast approaching many churches are planning traditional Christingle celebrations and candlelight processions. Children and adults will decorate oranges with red ribbons and dried fruit ready for the parade and lighting of the central candle.

It is a nostalgic and humbling sight seeing the Christingle procession, reminding us what Christmas is truly about. With this, though, comes the headache of the fire safety assessment. How to prevent injury should clothing accidentally become ignited by the naked flame of the candles. Many rely on fire blankets to wrap around the person and rolling the person on the floor to smother the flames. Clothing is often still made of highly flammable materials that catch fire quickly. Whilst using a fire blanket is of course the most traditional form of dealing with a clothing fire it is  not the most effective way to extinguish a person’s clothing.

A water mist fire extinguisher is by far the best method to extinguish such a fire. It contains only de-ionised water and is therefore safe to use in close proximity to people and animals. The special nozzle disperses the water in a fine spray, preventing the clothing from being wafted away from the person and potentially spreading to others. The mist is also harmless if sprayed onto a person, even if sprayed on their face or burning hair. The mist also forms a safe buffer between the fire and the person using the extinguisher. Our water mist extinguishers are also suitable for every other form of fire, including fat fires and liquid fires.

To see the water mist extinguisher in action please view this video. These extinguishers are available in 1ltr+, 3ltr and 6ltr models and are 100% environmentally friendly. Not only are they suitable to be used on a person there is also no mess to clear up afterwards.

If you would like to discuss your fire safety needs with one of our sales team, please contact us on 0800 612 6537 or visit our web site