Author Archive | Annelies Kowzan

Derby Hotel Puts Lives at Risk

The owner of the International Hotel, located on Burton Road, Derby, has admitted to serious breaches of fire regulations. Fire officers found 22 breaches, with 15 of these classed as “high priority”. Some of these offences included: Failing to keep emergency exits and routes clear Not providing emergency lighting to an adequate standard Failing to […]

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Beware of Thieves This Festive Season

The winter months give thieves extended hours of darkness in which to commit their crimes. With many of us also leaving our homes and businesses vacant over the festive season there is no better time to think about installing security equipment, such as CCTV and alarm systems. Don’t risk leaving your home or business unprotected! Paul […]

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Wood Recycling Firm Faces £70k Fine

UK Wood Recycling are currently facing a fine of over £70,000 plus costs after a major fire broke out at the premises. Between April and September 2013 they significantly exceeded the safe sizes of their wood stacks putting business interests before safety. The Cleveland Fire Brigade had been concerned about the site for several years. This […]

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Whisky Firms Face False Alarm Fines

Scottish whisky producers are facing warnings of heavy fines after a number of false alarm call outs in the area. Between April and September this year, fire crews attended the Speyside Glenlivet area 53 times. The area in Scotland is famous for its whiskey distillers. Local councillor, Gordon McDonald said: “The cost of these false […]

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Britain’s Mills at Risk of Fire

Recently, Britain’s mills have become at risk of fire. The landlord of Broadclough mill in Bacup, Lancashire has been fined £5,000 for showing “blatant disregard” for the safety of his tenants. Mr Laurence Daw was found to be breaching a number of fire safety regulations at the property. Including, combustible materials blocking the escape route, […]

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The Best Fire Hydrant Art

Here in the UK our fire hydrants are built underground with the yellow “H” sign marking their location, (see the image on the right). However, in the US the hydrants are built above ground. This offers the creative population the opportunity to express themselves with art. Therefore, we have put together this list of our top 5  favourite decorated fire hydrants. […]

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Top 10 Worst Fires Since 1900

Fire is one of the most destructible forces in nature and can leave devastating effects when it becomes out of control. There are many cases in history where entire cities have been destroyed by fire. Here is our list of the 10 most deadly fires to occur since 1900. Station Nightclub Fire, Rhode Island, USA. […]

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Landlords Fined for Fire Safety Failings

This month there have been numerous cases of landlords breaching fire safety regulations and as a result facing detrimental fines. Mr Gary Fixter from Yorkshire faces a £24,000 fine and a further £18,000 in costs after breaching 18 fire safety rules. Including; failing to maintain internal fire doors, failing to provide suitable fire detection and […]

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