Fire Safety News roundup
September 23, 2013barriehol
Scotland tackles the “silent killer”
It will become mandatory to fit carbon monoxide detectors and alarms when new or replacement boilers are installed in homes throughout Scotland once new regulations come into effect in October this year. The legislation will deem it the legal responsibility of the boiler installer to fit the alarm although clearly ongoing maintenance such as battery testing and replacement may fall to the homeowner which may prove an Achilles heel.
Carbon Monoxide can’t be seen, smelt or tasted, which accounts for its nickname amongst fire safety professionals as the ‘silent killer’. The Scottish Parliament has surely got this right and similar legislation across the UK should follow.
Firemark scheme targets student housing
With hundreds of thousands of university students heading back to dormitories and student lets across the UK, fire safety experts are keen to ensure such properties have appropriate fire safety equipment.
The new Firemark scheme is the latest initiative by the fire and rescue services to make landlords aware of their legal responsibilities under Fire Safety Legislation but seeks to also educate the local fire services many of which lack a full understanding of the unique needs of student’s landlords.
From the fire event statistics it may also be useful to make the students aware of the fire dangers and either ban frying pans from all student accommodation or make training in the use of fire blankets and extinguishers a compulsory component of student induction. Just a suggestion.
Our shrinking Fire Service
Despite already being hit by substantial budget cuts, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is facing a further £10 million reduction in its operating budget. Plans have been approved by the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) to cut 550 fire fighter jobs at the London Fire Brigade (LFB). Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service took a further six fire engines out of service last Monday (September 9th), which brings the total in operation down to 28 from 42 in 2010 and is now set to reduce fire fighter numbers by a further 150 to around 600.