7 Fire Facts You Should Know

This week, we are sharing seven, simple yet important fire-related facts. From how a fire starts, to the damage it can have on businesses.

Want to ensure you are properly protected from the threat of fire? Give us a call to discuss a pro-active fire detection maintenance regime. Our Pacific representatives will be happy to take your call.

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  1. 3 things must be present at the same time to produce fire:

Enough oxygen to sustain combustion, enough heat to raise the material to its ignition temperature and some sort of fuel or combustible material.

2. Fire is one of the most expensive property insurance claims, with roughly £1.3 billion being paid out to customers annually.

Most uncontrolled fires are started by small objects, such as cigarettes and candles and can double as quickly as 30 seconds. Given the right conditions, it takes just 30 seconds for a fire to double in size. This is why it’s crucial to evacuate a burning building as quickly as possible. Just for reference, a house can be completely engulfed in flames in around 2 minutes if caught correctly and with enough time.

3. Smoke inhalation can kill you before flames do.

Death caused by a fire is not always caused by burning. A person is much more likely to experience possible death from carbon monoxide poisoning.

4. Fires are affected by gravity.

Combustion gases rise, so as a flame moves upwards, it sucks in more oxygen, making it burn faster and stronger. This is why fire alarm detectors must be installed in the correct locations upon ceilings and within ceiling voids.

5. Most businesses never recover from a fire.

The Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA) estimated that 60% of private businesses never recover from a fire. That is a big risk to take as a business owner if your fire safety is not up to the standard it should be. the business/building may not be eligible for insurance payments.

Fire safety should be taken seriously, the cost of a fire is extremely hard to recover from, and many businesses don’t.

6. Arson is problematic.

Arson is the act of deliberately setting fire to property, including buildings and vehicles and it is one of the most common causes of fires. In an average week in England, the stats for arson are:

• 1500+ deliberately set primary fires

• 50+ injuries

• 1 or 2 deaths

The above statistics show just how common arson is and how serious the consequences from these attacks are. Shielding from acts of arson is imperative, as well as having the correct equipment, training, and procedures in place if an arson attack does occur.

7. Recent stats show UK government spend was at £3.13 billion on fire protection services. A consistent rise on the year-on-year average.                  

Every business must be maintained and tested annually to prevent resultant damage from fires. Business must provide appropriate fire-fighting equipment – typically in the form of a portable or hand-held fire extinguisher. Those extinguishers must be certified to industry standards, must be the right type for the site and business and must be in good working order.

That is seven simple reasons to ensure you are compliant with current regulations and have a modern fire alarm system, appropriate extinguishers and all the necessary equipment and training to hand.

Entering the new year with any doubts on your system? Get in touch with a member of the team today:

T: 0870 850 8404

E: sales@pacific-uk.co.uk

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