Fire and rescue services brace for new threats
A Freedom of Information request, by power management firm Eaton, has shown that fire and rescue services (FRS) across the UK are training their responders to handle new safety challenges and fire risks, including electrical.
The data showed that over a quarter (27 per cent) of FRS have seen a rise in primary fires in residential buildings ignited by white goods such as refrigerators and washing machines. Almost a third (31 per cent) reported an increase in primary fires in residential buildings ignited by an electric fault or caused by a problem with electrical distribution compared to five years ago.
Speaking to Electrical Review, Eaton segment lead for commercial buildings Marc Gaunt said, “Facilities managers and building owners must continually educate themselves on the newest technologies, from Arc Fault Detection Devices (AFDDs) that prevent electrical fires, to the latest adaptive evacuation technology which can ease congestion or help guide people safely out of a building when trying to evacuate.”