Rail Disruption Caused By Fire

Here at CGL, we are always looking out for interesting stories that relate to issues of fire, as our business is based around finding ways to help companies of all shapes and sizes, across all sectors deal with the safety and security issues that arise from fire its extinguishment and the prevention of damage.

A story on the BBC caught our attention over the Christmas holidays. It centred on the rail services in Sussex, that had been disrupted due to a fire that had broken out in Brighton overnight, preventing electrical cables and signalling equipment from working adequately.

Preston Park Station

As a direct result of the fire, lots of services were cancelled and delayed, and we all know how much of a pain it is when public transport isn’t working effectively.

Following the incident, a statement from Southern Rail was issued, stating: “A major signalling problem is causing disruption at Preston Park. This has been caused by an overnight fire, which has affected electrical cables and a line-side signalling equipment cabinet.”

Whilst we are not sure of the exact details regarding the fire within the line-side signalling equipment cabinet, it would not be unrealistic to say it could have prevented by the use of our fire suppression system or at the very least reduced the outcome to minimal disruption.

CGL are looking to support every type of business across all sectors. Take a look at our FAQ page to see if our products and services suit your needs, then get in touch!

Source: http://www.thisissussex.co.uk/disrupts-rail-services/story-17649098-detail/story.html


What Can You Do When Your Bus Catches Fire?

A news story on the BBC website caught our attention when it featured a bus that caught fire at a roundabout in Milton Keynes.

Fortunately, nobody lost their lives in the event, and the nine people on board got off the bus and away to safety before any injuries could occur. The Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service later said that the interior of the bus was cut open to ensure the fire had not spread.

These types of incidents are very rare but they have happened before. In March 2012, a double decker bus caught fire in south-east London, sparking a frenzied number of calls to the London Fire Brigade – 32 calls in just 10 minutes. 343 passengers were on-board, and nobody was injured.

In the case of the Milton Keynes bus fire, a spokesperson for the bus operator Arriva said: “At 13:26 on Monday, 7 January one of our buses was travelling along Fulmer Street when the driver was made aware by a passenger that they had seen smoke from the rear of the vehicle.

“The driver pulled over off the roundabout at a safe place and evacuated all passengers from the bus.

“He immediately called the fire brigade and also tried to attempt to use the fire extinguisher himself to put out the fire and keep it under control.

“The fire brigade attended the scene and were able to extinguish the fire.

“The fire was contained in and around the engine compartment.

“A spare bus was taken to the stop so passengers were able to continue with their journey. Nobody was injured as a result of the fire.”

Here at CGL, we have systems available that can deal with the issue of a fire breakout on a bus. Check out the video below of the Swedish Fire Protection Association performing a full scale Bus Fire Test using the Firetrace Dry Powder Fire Suppression System:

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-20940985

A FIVE STEP FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT FOR YOUR BUSINESS

1. IDENTIFY THE FIRE HAZARDS

When you are creating a risk assessment, it is extremely important to start if off by making a list of everything on the premises that start a fire if it comes into contact with the appropriate spark. These items include: Fuels, oils, paints, electrical and heating equipment that grow overheated or are poorly maintained could all be dangerous in the wrong instance. The next thing to consider on your fire risk assessment is the many ways in which items on the list could start a fire, including materials being left too near to a fire, overheated equipment or machinery, staff not discarding cigarettes properly – including being thrown into bins whilst still lit – papers catching fire, etc.

2. IDENTIFY WHO IS AT RISK

When there is a fire, everybody on the premises is at risk of being injured or worse. But every type of business has a different target demographic. For example, staff in an industrial property will be at risk of being injured by machines overheating or not working properly. Staff in an office building may be at risk if fire alarms are not installed properly and a fire breaks out. There are a lot of different areas to consider, and you must consider the different sections of your property when you are considering who is most at risk when a fire breaks out. There will also be other things to think about, including the age and mobility of your employees. Everybody has to be given an equal chance of evacuating in the event of an emergency.

Fire Risk Assessment

3. EVALUATE THE RISKS AND TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION

So parts one and two have been completed. What next? You will have a better understanding of what you need to do and how to protect your employees, so you have to put that to practice by evaluating the risks and making the appropriate actions in order to ensure 100% fire safety throughout the building. It’s vital you consider what you can do to all but guarantee that if a fire breaks out it can be defeated. Fitting fire exits and alarms in the correct areas of the factory where the risks are higher and the noise levels are also higher are among the things you must consider when making your property fire protected.

Fires break out because accidents occur from time to time, and sometimes it will be out of your control. But having the right procedures to deal with the situation will help ensure that casualties are kept to a minimum and damage to the premises will be minimal because the authorities will be informed right away because the right procedures have been implemented from day one. These include having fire alarms, well-lit fire exits in the correct areas and well trained staff who know what to do when there is a fire.

4. RECORD THE EXPERIENCE AND LEARN FROM IT

The best thing you can do in the event of a fire is learn from the experience and make positive changes. This happens by recording the event and having an honest appraisal of what can be changed to make the process better if it is ever to happen again. It is the only way that you are likely to prevent making the same mistakes again and it can be used as a training tool in the future.

Make a list of the fire hazards that came up and how you dealt with them. Could you have done better? Sometimes the best way to learn is from mistakes. But it is important that those initial mistakes were not big enough to put lives at risk. No matter how small they appear to be on the surface, it could always break out into something bigger.

5. REVIEW AND MAKE CHANGES ACCORDINGLY

There is no way to create a 100% fire proof environment, so there are always ways to improve. This could come with new technology like the firetrace system, or your company could expand and therefore need to consider new changes to the structure. However your business changes, fire protection should always be a priority, and your risk assessment should be there ready for you to review.  Whatever changes you make in the future, just remember: Your employees are your responsibility, so make fire safety an integral part of your health and safety standards and training 100% of the time.

A QUICK GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE FIRE SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE

The risk of fire and smoke damage to your property is huge – both in financial terms and the risk to you and your workforce. It is essential that every business has a fire safety plan in place; one that has been implemented in co-operation with the law and is adhered to with regimented precision. If a company fails to set and follow procedures, it could lead to accidents, injuries and even fatalities. Making sure the property of your business is fully protected against fire and smoke damage is a vital part of your businesses security plan.

YOUR WORKFORCE

The responsibility for the safety and security of the workforce lies entirely with the owners of the business. It is their job to ensure that healthy and safety laws are clearly adhered to and the appropriate signage is populated around the building. There are a number of incidents and accidents that could occur in the workplace, but the last thing you want is for any of those to end up in court as a result of your negligence.

Making a checklist of fire safety regulations that you need is a great way of making sure your workforce are protected. This includes:

  • Appointing a Fire Warden for every shift
  • Regular Fire Training Sessions for all staff
  • Accident Report and Machinery Maintenance Logs kept up to date
  • Fire Exits clearly visible at all times
Fire Safety Signs

TRIED AND TESTED FIRE SAFETY SYSTEMS

There are a number of fire safety measures that businesses can take to tackle fire and reduce the risk of mass damage and destruction, and some are better known than others. Fire extinguishers and blankets are the most common forms of fire protection – especially in smaller businesses – and operate alongside fire alarms to ensure that smaller fires can be tackled if possible, before the authorities arrive and do their work.

However, in larger businesses such as industrial properties and commercial buildings, it is crucial to have more substantial systems in place in order to stop fires right where they start, putting an end to the risk of the fire growing and causing considerable damage to a property.

AN ADVANCED FIRE SAFETY SYSTEM

An automatic fire suppression system is an increasingly popular system of fire protection in high risk areas that smothers a fire before it gets the chance to grow and wreak havoc. When the temperature reaches a certain level, the unique patented linear detection tubing that runs through the protected area (e.g. machine, or server) quickly detects that a fire has started and sets about extinguishing it before it causes extensive damage. This can potentially save a company a great deal of money that would be lost in buying new machinery, closing down operations – leading to lost business – and there is also the human cost of potential injuries to your workforce.  Using firetrace can reduce the risk of further damage being done to the electrical components of the machines and equipment used in your workplace, as the non-conductive extinguishants don’t leave behind any residue that could cause even more damage to your property.