Lakanal House: The Verdict
On 3 July 2009, six people died in a fire at a council-owned tower block in south London. The inquest into their deaths found opportunities to prevent the tragedy were
Do My Fire Doors Need Inspecting?
Fire doors play an essential role in providing passive fire safety protection. Fire doors are an important safety feature of any building in which people work or visit, as they offer resistance.
Passive vs. Active Fire Protection
When someone asks about your building’s fire protection system, you probably think about its alarm and sprinkler systems when, in reality, it is much more. It is a collaboration of systems between Active Fire Protection and Passive Fire Protection.
The Silent Killer
Smoke inhalation is the primary cause of death for victims of indoor fires. Smoke inhalation injury refers to injury due to inhalation or exposure to hot gaseous products of combustion.
Simplifying the Fire Safety Act
So, – what are your responsibilities? At Southwark crown court, Judge Jeffrey Pegden ordered Southwark council to pay a £270,000 fine plus £300,000 costs. London fire brigade (LFB) brought the.
Your Money or a Life?
Correctly specifying and installing fire resisting systems and fire protection construction products (also known as passive fire protection products) is fundamental to fire safety in buildings.
Fire Doors Save Lives and Property
Buildings are compartmentalised to delay the spread of fire from one area to another. These compartments are usually linked by fire doors to allow the flow of traffic
Specifying Fire Resistant Glass
With public awareness now high around fire safety, the glazing component of structures is more important than ever as fire-resistant glass is an important requirement on many projects.
The Importance of Passive Fire Protection in Buildings
It is hard to over-emphasize the importance of a passive fire protection (PFP) strategy and its subsequent governance in buildings. Comprising some kind of an assessment of the likely fire.
Play it Safe: Fire Safety in Tall Buildings
Tall buildings present fire safety issues that don’t affect other structures. For instance, high structures are beyond the reach of ladders preventing exterior rescues from ladders and the suppression of fires.
Checkmate Fire Responds to the Hackitt Review
The publication of the long-awaited Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, commissioned by the Government following the Grenfell Tower fire, saw Dame Judith Hackitt propose far-reaching changes
Protecting Your Building Against Fire: Certifications and Regulations
We are in unsettling times regarding building fire protection. There have been many changes in fire regulations over time and potentially more are ahead following many recent tragedies.
The Importance of Fire Doors
Fire doors are always important, but it can be even more crucial for those who manage buildings with a sleeping risk such as hotels and hospitals.
Workplace Fires: More Common Than You Think?
Checkmate Fire are committed to helping companies and public sector bodies protect their staff, customers and the general public by reducing the risk of a devastating fire at their premises.
Passive Fire Protection Services for the NHS
During the NHS’s 70-year history the UK’s hospitals and healthcare facilities have evolved and expanded, presenting estate managers with a unique set of fire safety challenges.
GCSE Success for our Budding Fire-Fighter
It’s results day for the nation’s GCSE students, and in spite of the unprecedented times our youth are experiencing, we want to say a huge congratulations to our former work experience student, Conor McBride!
A Door's a Door - Right?
Well no, actually, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Your average, every day door serves the primary purpose of security and control. Ingress and egress. It’s an access point, or a barrier, allowing the movement of people and goods.
Checkmate's New Commercial Director!
Huge congratulations to our Commercial Director, Craig M Bendall, for being promoted from commercial manager within his first 4 months at Checkmate!
A Fire Door Survey is Just Checking a Fire Door, Right?
Our industry has prodded the slowly waking giant, and it is clear that businesses, facilities managers, building managers and the amazing people who work across fire safety are making inroads into resolving fire door issues. But I’m going to put this out there; inspecting a door does not improve life safety in a building, providing maintenance to ongoing defects does.
Why do my Buildings Need Firestopping?
It’s a question we have answered before, but one we think is always worthy of reiterating. What makes firestopping SO important to a building’s safety strategy? Read on to find out more...