NEWS Trade Safety hoods

DRÄGER HAS announced that its fi re escape hoods have been adopted by UK fi re

and rescue services.

The hoods, used fi rst by London Fire Brigade, protect trapped and injured people from toxic smoke during evacuation, with 600 of the PARAT 5550 hoods being rolled out across 102 fi re stations. They fi lter out four of the ‘most dangerous’ gases, including carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide, for a minimum of 15 minutes. For more information, visit

Alarm adoption

THE EI414 fi re and carbon monoxide alarm interface produced by Aico has been incorporated into Lite4Life’s Multiwatch tower block fi re safety system, as well as its AlightforLife direction way fi nder safety light. Both use the interface to alert those other systems in the event of a fi re. The interface was selected by Lite4Life because of the product’s ‘ability’ and the ‘reputation’ of the company. For more information, please visit

Large installation

FIREANGEL’S SMOKE and heat alarms will be installed in over 3,500 properties across Glasgow’s Queens Cross Housing Association properties, with around 18,000 of the two types of alarms to be fi tted as part of the deal. The battery powered alarms will be fi tted due to the changes in law coming in Scotland as a consequence of the Grenfell Tower fi re, with one in every frequently used room in each property, one

in every floor’s

circulation space, and one in every kitchen. For more information,

visit www.

Horbury signs housing association deal

THE COMPANY will provide fi re safety services to Castles & Coasts Housing Association’s housing portfolio in Carlisle. Horbury Property Services has been

appointed to provide, from September 2018, fi re door and fi re compartmentation remedial work after ‘detailed’ fi re risk assessments. The appointment will see it working across 250 different residential schemes, which will include apartments and houses, as well as supported and sheltered accommodation. Alongside this passive fi re safety work, the company will offer its ‘full range’ of work as part of planned maintenance. The range includes fi re alarm and emergency light testing; ceiling and dry

wall partitioning inspection; installation, repair and maintenance of fi re doors; joinery

works; fl ooring portable appliance testing;

installation; electrical

testing and installation; building fabric repairs; and external cladding and render repairs. Richard Sutton, general manager at

Horbury Property Services, commented on the development: ‘This is the latest in a number of fi re safety contract wins with social housing providers. ‘As FIRAS-approved contractors we

have the experience and skills to be able to deliver fi re safety works to the highest standards to ensure compliance to the regulations.’

Checkmate opens new office

A NEW Checkmate offi ce is being opened in Swindon to add to the company’s other UK regional offi ces in Birmingham and Essex. Checkmate Fire Solutions stated that

the new offi ce is ‘continuing its expansion’ across the UK, as ‘rising demand’ for its compliance and third party accredited installation services have led to it requiring an additional offi ce location. The offi ce will be sited in Swindon’s Windmill Hill Business Park, and be managed by Mark Cawthra, who will ‘oversee the delivery of services’ to customers in the south west of England and South Wales. Mr Cawthra commented: ‘I’m excited to be joining a forward-thinking organisation like Checkmate, which has a long-running commitment to improving safety for the public and businesses.

Fires are still a

worryingly common event – offi cial statistics show that there are more than 15,800 fi res a year in non-residential buildings in England – so there is a lot of work to do to improve the integrity and resilience of properties.

‘Checkmate can play a key role in doing that by continuing to deliver high- quality Passive Fire Protection, Fire Door, Intumescent Paint and Fire-Resistant Glazing installations and associated compliance services. ‘I’m now looking forward to

working with facilities management contractors, NHS

trusts, universities,

housing associations and commercial property owners across the South-West to help them protect workers, residents, businesses and public services from the potentially devastating effect of fi res.’



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