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Five ways to avoid the Fawlty Towers fire drill debacle

28-07-2016

John Cleese and the Fawlty Towers team are extremely good at injecting hilarious farce into otherwise ordinary situations. I laugh out loud every time I watch any episode, including the episode where Basil Fawlty incompetently conducts a fire drill (This is the sixth episode of the first series enti…

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Fire Prevention Week: The most effective PPE gear

04-09-2014

Photo shows firefighters dealing with a house fireAnyone who has ever seen a fire get out of control knows what an utterly terrifying and fearsome sight it can be. Once a fire takes hold there is little you can do but get back to a safe distance and hope for the best.

However, for fire fighters, there is an obligation to protect people and propert…

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What are employers' fire safety duties?

17-12-2013

photo shows a building on fireEmployers, building owners and other people responsible for commercial buildings have a duty to put necessary fire safety precautions in place to all reasonable and practicable extents. This is seen in health law under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which applies to all non-domestic…

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‘tis the season to be fire-ready

06-12-2013

Photo shows the feet of a family in front of a fireAs we all know, Christmas is a time for jollities and japes, overindulging in mulled wine and of course, one too many mince pies. For me, the most important part of the holiday season is taking the time to relax and step back from the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

Although Christmas is …

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Improving fire prevention in the home

20-05-2013

Photo shows firefighters tackling a house fireFire prevention is very important to all homeowners both inside and outside of the home. More than 3,500 people are killed in house fires every year in America and over 18,000 are injured due to lack of preparation or improper maintenance of fire-preventing materials and tools (Source: USFA).

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Fire prevention: How to build an effective fire safety plan

19-07-2012

fire extinguishers

With summer in full swing and temperatures getting hotter every day, the reality of a workplace fire is more real than ever. To protect workers’ safety, it is important that employers and employees map out a fire safety plan.

When developing an emergency fire plan, it is critical to take certai…

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Woman killed in nightclub crush

19-10-2011

A young woman was killed in a nightclub in Northampton when the crowd rushed for an exit.

The Press Association reports that "there was an announcement that signalled the end of the night, which forced clubgoers towards the exit" and then "the fire alarm went off and everyone started panicking".

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