Welcome to the Plumis fire protection blog. Stay informed about domestic fire safety, fire building regulations and ADB-compliant solutions for open plan living. Please feel free to browse through the posts and comment about what you read.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Isle of Man Fire and Rescue install Automist

Isle of Man Fire and Rescue have been demostrating a new fire protection sprinkler system that can be fitted into the kitchen tap.

Clothes dryer fires cause five deaths a year in the US

An estimated 2,900 clothes dryer fires in residential buildings are reported to US fire departments each year, causing an estimated five deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in property loss.
These are some of the findings of a new study from the US Fire Administration’s national fire incident reporting system which examines the characteristics of clothes dryer fires in residential buildings.
Other findings include:
  • Clothes dryer fire incidence in residential buildings was higher in the fall and winter months, peaking in January at 11 percent.
  • Failure to clean (such as removing lint from traps, vents and surrounding areas of a dryer) was the leading factor contributing to ignition
  • Dust, fibre, and lint and clothing not on a person were the leading items first ignited
  • 54% of clothes dryer fires were confined to the object of origin
  • Clothes dryer fire incidence was higher in the autumn and winter months, peaking in January at 11%.

 part of the Topical Fire Report Series produced by the US Fire Administration in pdf format -.Clothes Dryer Fires in Residential Buildings (2008-2010) (620 KB)

Friday, 17 August 2012

Fire Kills - Don't drown in toxic smoke

The Fire Kills campaign is the national fire safety campaign delivered by Communities and Local Government. The campaign aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by accidental dwelling fires by actively encouraging people to change their behaviour and attitudes towards fire safety. The Fire Kills campaign's 'breathe' advert has won a number of awards, including a Silver Lion for Best Cinematography, a D&AD Yellow Pencil for Best Direction and a Creative Circle Gold award for Best Cinematography.

Four rescued from Douglas house fire

Four people have been treated for smoke inhalation after being rescued from a house fire in the Isle of Man.
Fire crews were called out at 00:05 GMT to a property in the Springvalley area of Douglas.
It is thought the blaze, which started in the kitchen, was caused by a grill pan being left under the grill.
A spokesman from the fire and rescue service said an adult had been found in the front room and three children in a first floor bedroom.
The alarm was raised by concerned neighbours and all four people were taken to Noble's hospital for a check up.
Source - bbc

Creating desirable open-plan kitchen-diners that meet fire building regulations

Open plan living is a trend that is here to stay, with an increasing number of homeowners using this type of layout to make their homes feel larger and brighter. Gone are the days of a poky kitchen and separate formal dining room. Now, you are likely to find large family spaces in the form of modern kitchen-diners. These spaces add value to your abode and make it not only a better place for you to live but also an easier home to sell when it comes to putting it on the market.

Most kitchen-diners are at the back of the house, opening out on to the garden. This makes perfect sense: a kitchen-diner is nothing if not an exercise in lifestyle, and what could be more pleasant than flinging open the back door and bringing the outside in? In many homes, that back door is fully glazed, being one side of the streamlined glass box that is the popular kitchen-diner extension. But remember, under the latest building regulations new glazing panels must comprise less than 22.5 per cent of a property's floor area.

You might think your current home is in no way suited to the idea of open-plan living, but in fact it could be that by knocking down a wall or two you have the ideal space. Plumis produces novel solutions in domestic active fire protection to meet building regulations. Intended as a more affordable and easy to install alternative to sprinklers, Automist is a fire protection innovation which provides developers with design freedom and flexibility for open plan spaces. It uses water mist technology fed from a standard mains supply to, suppress and control fire, and utilises much less water than a traditional sprinkler system. 

Automist is normally used in one of the following ways:

- To compensate for part of the escape route from a property passing through a living area, or being open to a living area.

This is normally needed:

a) After a two storey house receives a loft conversion but retains an open plan ground floor
b) In open-plan flats at 2nd floor level or higher
c) In open-plan accommodation where escape windows cannot be provided.

Or even

- To compensate for missing fire doors that would have protected communal areas, for example where a flat lacks an internal fire lobby or protected hallway

- In small studio flats where the kitchen is located next to the exit.

Why not call an Accredited Reseller Installer to have a look at your property and work out exactly how an open-plan space could be formed?

Thursday, 9 August 2012

The responsible person not getting key fire safety information

Under Regulation 38 of the Building Regulations the person carrying out the work is required to forward on fire safety information of a building to the responsible person, as defined by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The information required relates to the design and construction of the building or extension, and the services, fittings and equipment provided, which will assist the responsible person to operate and maintain the building or extension with the required safety. The Passive Fire Protection Federation (PFPF) believes there is insufficient awareness of the need to pass on key fire safety information upon completion of a building.

“[Approved Document B] provides excellent guidance right through the construction phase of a building and on into its time of occupation,” said PFPF chairman David Sugden. “Regulation 7 of the Building Regulations points people to third party certification to ensure the use of quality products and installers, while Regulation 38 requires information on what has been installed to be given to the responsible person.

“Regulation 38 is not just a recommendation, it is a requirement, since this information can greatly improve the building occupier’s understanding of the safety precautions installed within a building,” said Mr Sugden.