Section: Fire Precautions

Fire safety pilot is using thermal imaging cameras in high rise blocks

Posted 19.02.19
OpenView Security Solutions: Article link

Your Homes Newcastle (YHN), which manages more than 26,000 properties on behalf of Newcastle City Council, is taking an innovative approach to fire safety with a pilot project utilising thermal imaging cameras in tower blocks.

The organisation has installed thermal imaging cameras in three of its 45 multi-storey blocks across the City in a trial partnership with OpenView Security Solutions.

The pilot involves the installation of Mobotix M16 thermal cameras in bin chute rooms to detect minute increases in temperature, triggering an alarm in YHN's central enquiry centre before any fire has had a chance to take hold.

This ensures that an alarm is raised with the fire service within seconds of a possible fire. The camera continually monitors the temperature in the room, with information relayed back to the fire service enabling them to better prepare their response.

The project is already attracting praise - Alan Robson, Assistant Chief Officer at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service: "Using technology such as this can reduce false alarm calls and improve our response to confirmed fires."

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Ministerial Working Group takes action to improve fire safety in Scotland's homes

Posted 06.02.19
Scottish Government: Article link

Sound alerts for evacuation in high rise buildings and extending the mandatory installation of sprinklers in new flats, will be introduced in Scottish legislation next year.

The changes are part of a number of actions for improving building and fire safety, which include:

The new standard will come into force from February 2021.

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Fire safety failures in over half of care homes inspected in London

Posted 04.02.19
London Fire Brigade (LFB): Article link

Serious fire safety failures have been found in care homes across London by LFB inspectors.

There were 177 care homes visited to gauge the level of fire risk across the Capital in a one-off series of in-depth inspections.

The Brigade's findings included the following serious fire safety breaches:

The above link provides access to download the report.


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