The BBC reports that the costs to fight grass fires in south Wales have come to £850,000 this year. The shocking revelation however, according to the article is that 90% of those fires were started deliberately.
Just past week there had been several incidents of fires in Rhondda Cynon Taf adding up to the current number of more than 430 grass fires this year in South Wales.
In peak times, up to 40 grass fires had been seen within only a six days period. South Wales Fire service is now even making use of social media such as facebook hoping to prevent more deliberate fires in the area. Experts say that the damage goes far beyond only burnt grass but that sometimes the entire landscape can be affected by those fires.
April 26th,2014 News
| tags: fire prevention
Worldwide, fires cost many human lives as well as billions of British pounds every year. The danger of fires does exist anywhere and this includes residential buildings as well as commercial structures. Modern fire prevention and fire suppression systems can help preventing fires from happening. Allow me to provide a short overview about the more common fire prevention systems that are available today.
When it comes to residential homes, most will probably know smoke detectors that today are sold pretty much anywhere. Smoke detectors obviously cannot actively help suppressing fires but they are a rather simple and affordable way to alert the residents of homes in case of the outbreak of a fire.
More complex fire prevention systems can be found as well. Some of those fire prevention systems may be passive which means they will alert in case of a fire while other systems can be active fire suppression systems. An example of those systems would be a sprinkler system or any other system that can actively extinguish a fire.
Especially for large buildings such as commercial structures, active and passive fire prevention and suppression systems can work together to form an effective fire prevention system. For example, smoke detectors along with other sensors within a building can be connected together and controlled by using a central control panel. Example for such a system would be the Detectomat that today is widely in use in many commercial structures. The Detectomat consists of individual modules such as automatic smoke detectors along with manual call points that can be used in case of fire.
While fires today still cost many lives along with often significant monetary losses, modern fire prevention and suppression systems like the Detectomat or Ansul kitchen suppression system help prevent countless tragedies each single day.
April 25th,2014 Health
| tags: ansul
, fire suppression
The Independent reports that the push by food manufacturers to cut down on salt has ‘saved many lives’.
According to the article, up to 40% less deaths resulting from heart disease and strokes are the result of an effort to make foods with less salt in them. Nutritionists compared data on people’s daily intake of salt in the last decade with striking public health figures which show a 40% decrease in mortality connected with heart disease and stroke over the same time period in Great Britain.
In the time from 2003 to 2011 alone, average salt intake with foods decreased by 15% according to the article.
The senior dietician at the British Heart Foundation,Victoria Taylor, pointed out that while the reductions observed are certainly a positive change, the nation is still well above the recommended maximumof 6 g of salt intake per day.
April 18th,2014 Health
| tags: foods
, heart disease
In the United Kingdom, the majority of fires is cooking related. Among the high-risk appliances that are particular prone to causing a fire can be a cookers, broilers or grills that are normally to be found in venues with commercial kitchens. The outbreak of a fire in a commercial kitchen will always pose particular challenges in terms of effective fire suppression. Hot, easily flammable oils and greases along with hot cooking appliances make fire suppression in such venues a challenge.
The use of traditional fire prevention methods that may include the use of fire extinguishers, fire blankets and similar equipment can be problematic. There are several reasons for that.
For once, this type of equipment can only be used effectively when properly trained persons are present the moment when a fire is detected. Fast and effective kitchen fire suppression will be impossible if a fire breaks out without anyone present or in such cases where people are not trained in the use of such firefighting equipment. In addition to that, injuries are likely.
Because of those reasons and the problems that can come with the above conventional, non-automatic fire suppression methods, automated fire suppression systems such as the Ansul kitchen suppression are far more effective.
How does the Ansul kitchen suppression system work?
This type of fire suppression system comprises of thermal sensors that can automatically detect the outbreak of a fire. In the case of fire, a special flame-extinguishing agent is directed towards the cooking equipment via nozzles. The Ansul fire suppression system is not only able to detect and quickly extinguish fires. It also has the ability to quickly cool off the cooking appliances involved and can cool off hot or burning cooking greases and oils effectively. This is important in order to prevent fire re-flashing.
The Ansul kitchen suppression system is widely used in many commercial venues day.
April 16th,2014 Health
| tags: ansul
, kitchen suppression
Do you want to know which area in the United Kingdom would be the unhealthiest to live in?
According to a new report in the Guardian, London’s Kensington and Chelsea have the most polluted air in the nation. The report furthermore points out that more than one in 12 of all deaths in the London borough are attributable to tiny particles of soot largely emitted by diesel engines. The borough second on the list in terms of bad pollution and air quality is Westminster.
Those findings come on the background of a study released by Public Health England which also finds as a reason for those high pollution levels the amount of traffic in those areas.
Although the nation is currently within the EU legal limit for pollution it is being taken to court by the European commission since it is missing targets for another air pollutant, NO2. NO2 is in particular known for causing more health risks since it mixes with other air particles.
British Environment groups called on government to tackle the cause of air pollution deaths. A spokeswoman for the groups “Friends of the Earth” to the press: “It’s outrageous that tens of thousands of people die because of polluted air. Ending this national disgrace should be a top priority for politicians. Ministers and local authorities must develop an urgent action plan to introduce cleaner vehicles and encourage the use of alternative forms of transport – people won’t be able to breathe easily until they do”.
April 14th,2014 Health
| tags: london