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Putting students’ safety first


David Hoyle of Hoyles Electronic Developments discusses the fire risks in student accommodation, as well the possible solutions including combatting false alarms


he last thing students off to university will be thinking of is fire safety. Shared accommodation such as university halls of residence and privately-owned student accommodation is however considered vulnerable and much more likely to see a fire occurring, mainly due to unattended cooking, cigarettes or candles.


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Or course halls of residence these days tend to be designed and built to a high standard and must comply with the latest Building Regulations, in addition to having all the relevant fire precautions including:


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• means of fire detection by heat or smoke detectors;


• means of raising an alarm manually; • means of escape, accompanied by; emergency lighting and suitable signage;


• means of extinguishing a fire by fire extinguishers, fire hoses or sprinklers.


The greatest fire risk generally arises from unattended cooking. An unattended pan on a stove is an accident waiting to happen, and it can happen very quickly. Ironically, if not accompanied by correct training, the provision of fire extinguishers can make


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