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Post-Its are Ectoplasm

Don't get me wrong, they can be useful. There are those workshops where people slap them around on walls with words like 'OPTIMISM' and 'EMPOWERMENT' scrawled on them. I am sure that can help but it's a bit earnest for my taste. I prefer quiet reflection with a cup of...

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Keep the noise down

Evacuating a care home has its own unique challenges. Elderly residents could be bedbound, suffering from dementia, hard of hearing, or unable to move without assistance. Added to this is the distress that a loud fire alarm can cause to vulnerable residents. Plans...

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The Next Cucumber

Notices are one of those things that give me nervous twitches. If you want a clue about what an organisation is like, read its notices. A notice is so often a sign of a glitch in the works. For the sake of my sanity, I have named these gltches cucumbers, as explained...

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The Chicken and the Wheelie Bin

I used to be quite calm about door wedges before I worked at Fireco. Even on fire doors. In hotels, solicitors’ offices, doctors’ surgeries, schools, universities, factories, communal areas in blocks of flats, village halls – in any place you can think of, the door...

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Do Gnats Get Verrucas?

When I was ten, I remember playing with a compressed air vice where my Dad worked designing and selling automation products. He was in his office, probably wondering which hydrocheck or solendoid operated valve to use and happily smoking. In the workshop next door I...

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What is the Cost of Wedged Open Fire Doors?

Wedging or propping open a fire door can prove devastating as it allows fire to spread unchecked, putting lives and buildings at risk. Despite this, 64% of premises visited by the Fire Service have fire doors wedged open. It’s easy to see why. Fire doors are heavy;...

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Cats and Cucumbers or Why We Don’t Buy

There are many videos on YouTube of cats; cute ones, stroppy ones, cats doing tricks and cats jumping out of boxes. One cat video that I found particularly fascinating was the cucumber trick. While the cat under test is chowing down on its dinner, our YouTuber puts a...

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Fire Door Pains

It’s indisputable, fire doors save lives in the event of a fire. They stop smoke and flames from spreading  so people can escape, protecting buildings and lives. Fortunately, fires don't happen every day so fire doors are used as normal doors most of the time. As they...

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Are There Holes in Your Fire Safety?

You have everything in place for your fire safety plans. Your fire doors are in good working order, flammable materials are out of reach, escape routes are clear, and you have a plan of action if a fire breaks out.   But what happens if there are holes in the walls...

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Fire Causes New Term Chaos

This week sees the beginning of a new school year. But for one school, the start of their year is going to be very different. On the morning of Sunday 21st August, there were over 60 calls to 999 as fire broke out on the roof of the Selsey Academy near Chichester.  ...

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What Added Fuel to the Great Fire of London?

This week 350 years ago, the Great Fire of London scorched 400 of the city’s streets. There were 13,200 houses and 87 churches all blazing in flames, leaving London in ashes. In the 17th Century, people were not as aware of the dangers of fire as we are today. Here...

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Brexit and Fire Safety. What Happens Now?

Brexit will affect us all. It is a certainty that the way the UK operates will change. How much impact will that change have? The truth is we don’t know, no one has ever left the EU before. Articles on change are dressed up using as many expert buzz words as they can...

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We’ve Always Done It That Way

Grace Hopper once said “The most dangerous phrase a manager can use is ‘we’ve always done it that way”. Hopper was a pioneering computer scientist whose work was central to the development of one of the foundational high-level computer programming languages. Working...

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