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Global fire protection systems market to hit $155bn

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The global fire protection systems market size is expected to reach USD 155.03 billion by 2027, expanding at a CAGR of 7.5% over the forecast period.

That’s according to a study by Grand View Research, which says increasing adoption of wireless technology, growing human and property loss owing to fire breakouts, and stringent fire safety regulations are projected to fuel the market growth.

Increasing implementation of building safety codes and renovation projects is also anticipated to be a major factor positively influencing the market growth. The application and usage of the fire protection systems are anticipated to increase continuously with the developments of commercial entities and corporations.

Furthermore, technology enhancements such as extinguishing based on mist and products such as laser optical/infrared smoke detectors, alarms with embedded voice evacuation announcements, hypoxic air fire suppression systems, and wireless fire alarm systems are expected to gain traction in the market globally.

Moreover, in 2020, the market will be hampered due to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has interrupted production, impacted demand, and caused supply chain disruption.

Key findings from the report:

  • Fire detection is expected to dominate the product segment and the trend is expected to continue over the forecast period and is expected to reach $71.21 billion by 2027
  • The maintenance services market is anticipated to witness the fastest growth over the forecast period. The demand for these services is often driven by new building construction activities, modernization activities, and demand for system upgrades
  • The commercial application segment is expected to dominate over the forecast period. Increasing investment of companies for reducing the loss of property and life, and safeguarding the infrastructure across several applications is also estimated to further propel the demand. The segment is expected to reach $71.31 billion by 2027
  • North America is projected to account for the majority market share over the forecast period. The increasing demand for smart buildings and intelligent houses which deliver optimum safety and security is expected to drive the growth. The region is anticipated to reach $46.64 billion by 2027

The growing trend of integrating fire alarm and detection systems with building automation systems offers vast growth opportunities to market growth. Connectivity with building automation systems is increasingly becoming a major feature of fire protection systems in commercial, industrial, and residential applications.

This can be attributed to the fact that such integration allows for the development of systems that are capable of sharing and gathering data, which can help in alerting individuals about fire safety issues in the premises. A notable rise in investments in smart building automation technologies across several regions is expected to lead to new opportunities for building automation systems in the industrial and commercial sectors.

Consumers in developed regions such as Europe and North America have seen a steady rise in demand over the past few years, and the growth trend is also projected to continue over the next few years. However, a lack of stringent regulations and high cost of advanced fire protection systems has kept the markets in emerging countries largely untapped. Nevertheless, improving economic conditions in countries, including Brazil, and India, are anticipated to boost the demand.

Infrastructural development activities across the Asia Pacific region owing to the rising demand for new transport and utility infrastructure will drive demand. The high rate of urbanization is placing increased pressure on under-invested, weak city infrastructure. The consecutive rise in focus on new residential and infrastructural development projects is expected to propel the demand across this region; thus, such factors fueling market growth.

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: TAIT FIRE RESCUE COMMUNICATIONS

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Fireground communications has some unique challenges, and careful consideration should be given, especially when upgrading radio equipment from analogue to digital.

Tait has taken a holistic view to meet these challenges and the requirements of the different users on the fireground, e.g. Breathing Aapparatus wearers, Entry Control Officers, and Incident & Command Officers.

Thus, being able to select and adapt the best equipment (e.g. high power ATEX devices) and combine it with complementary accessories like RSM, headsets and earpieces, is vitally important.

Read more here!

Experience Tait’s Fire Rescue Communications at BAPCO 2020

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Fireground communications has some unique challenges, and careful consideration should be given, especially when upgrading radio equipment from analogue to digital.  

Tait has taken a holistic view to meet these challenges and the requirements of the different users on the fireground, e.g. Breathing Aapparatus wearers, Entry Control Officers, and Incident & Command Officers.

Thus, being able to select and adapt the best equipment (e.g. high power ATEX devices) and combine it with complementary accessories like RSM, headsets and earpieces, is vitally important.

We are proud to present the Tait solution for the Fireground at Bapco 2020!

Details at www.taitradio.com/Bapco

Do you specialise in Fire Safety solutions? We want to hear from you!

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Each month on Security Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the security market – and in March we’ll be focussing on Fire Safety solutions.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help security buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of Fire Safety solutions and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Ian Jefferies on i.jefferies@forumevents.co.uk.

Here’s our full features list:

Mar – Fire Solutions
Apr – Lone Worker Security
May – Perimeter
Jun – SIA Security Training
Jul – Transit, Screening & Scanning
Aug – Biometrics
Sep – IP/IT Security
Oct – CCTV
Nov – Loss Prevention Solutions
Dec – Drones

Fire Door Safety Week: Know the risks

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Abloy UK has released an infographic that uncovers recent statistics around fire door safety and highlights the risks around non-compliance. 

The move marks the start of Fire Door Safety Week 2019, explaining how fire can spread fast, recommendations on how to make premises safe from fire, details of fire door regulations and responsibility and penalties for non-compliance.

Pat Jefferies, Commercial Director of Abloy UK, said: “Fire Door Safety Week is an excellent opportunity to shine a light on the issues around the risks of unregulated fire doors, and educate those responsible for ensuring safety in buildings.

“Although the initiative gives us a relevant platform to highlight these issues, fire door safety should be front of mind all year round – especially when the ultimate cost from non-compliance can be the loss of life.

“That’s why Abloy is committed to educating anyone responsible for the specification and installation of fire doors through our Academy – whether that’s an architect, specifier, systems integrator, landlord or facilities manager.

“We’ve been training delegates at the Abloy Academy on the points raised in this infographic and so much more for over a decade, and are proud to help ensure public safety through fire door safety education for many more decades to come.”

Check out the full infographic here:

Do you specialise in Fire Safety solutions? We want to hear from you!

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Each month on Security Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the security market – and in March we’ll be focussing on Business Fire Safety solutions.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help security buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of Fire Safety solutions and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Haydn Boxall on h.boxall@forumevents.co.uk.

Here are the areas we’ll be covering in 2019, month by month:

March – Fire Solutions
April – Lone Worker Security
May – Perimeter
June – SIA Security Training
July – Transit, Screening & Scanning
August – Biometrics
September – IP/IT Security
October – CCTV
November – Loss Prevention Solutions
December – Drones 

For more information on any of the above, contact Haydn Boxall on h.boxall@forumevents.co.uk.

False fire alarms over Xmas ‘cost the economy £1 billion’

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Siemens is warning UK businesses about the potential consequences of false fire alarms during the busiest period of the year.

The electronics giant says false alarms from remotely-monitored fire detection and fire alarm systems cost the UK economy an estimated £1 billion in business disruption, with 95% of automatically-generated alarms being proved to be false, placing Fire and Rescue Services and the public at unnecessary risk.

“The vast majority of automatic fire alarm calls are proven to be false and are often caused by either false fire triggers or the inadequate maintenance of alarm systems,” said Don Scott, fire engineering consultant Siemens Building Technologies. “Christmas is already a time of heightened risk of fire for many businesses with the F&RS stretched to capacity across the country. False alarms create further pressures when emergency services have to challenge whether alarms are genuine before attending incidents – the time lost could end up costing thousands of pounds in repairs or at worst, put lives at risk.”

Siemens says ionisation or single-sensor optical smoke detectors are a common cause of false alarm activations as they have difficulty in accurately distinguishing between airborne pollutants, such as steam, aerosols, dust, cooking fumes, insects, sparks, embers and a real fire. The incorrect siting of detectors can also be triggered if there is excessive air movement from mechanical heating or ventilation.

It says multi-sensor detectors are responsive to more than one fire phenomena, i.e. smoke, heat and carbon-monoxide and are proven to be more immune to false alarm phenomena thereby giving fewer false activations. For more stringent applications; beam detectors, heat detectors and aspirating detectors are available.

The company also asserts that regular maintenance programme ensures the correct functioning of a fire alarm system – inadequate servicing and testing compromise safety. If an alarm system is aging or becoming unreliable replacement is advised when offset against the cost of disruption to a business. Generally, detectors should be replaced every 10-15 years, depending upon the environment in which they are installed and the manufacturers recommendations.

Dave Green, national officer, Fire Brigades Union said: “False alarms use up resources which could be better served elsewhere, and increase response times to actual emergencies. But it is better to be safe than sorry, and fire services should always be called when any alarm is raised.”

“Fire services are under more pressure than ever before, dealing with more incidents and more fires, with increasingly fewer firefighters. Since 2009, there has been a 23% decrease in the number of firefighters across the UK. This huge decrease in the number of firefighters has meant that preventative work, which would help to reduce the number of false alarms, has worryingly fallen by the wayside.”

Government bans use of combustible materials on high-rise homes

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The government is banning combustible materials on new high-rise homes and giving support to local authorities to carry out emergency work to remove and replace unsafe aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding.

Regulations have been laid in Parliament which will give legal effect to the combustible materials ban announced in the summer.

The ban means combustible materials will not be permitted on the external walls of new buildings over 18 metres containing flats, as well as new hospitals, residential care premises, dormitories in boarding schools and student accommodation over 18 metres.

Schools over 18 metres which are built as part of the government’s centrally delivered build programmes will also not use combustible materials, in line with the terms of the ban, in the external wall.

The Communities Secretary is also taking action to speed up the replacement of unsafe ACM cladding, like the type used on Grenfell Tower.

Local authorities will get the government’s full backing, including financial support if necessary, to enable them to carry out emergency work on affected private residential buildings with unsafe ACM cladding.

They will recover the costs from building owners. This will allow buildings to be made permanently safe without delay.

The government is already fully funding the replacement of unsafe ACM cladding on social sector buildings above 18 metres.

Secretary of State for Communities, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: “Everyone has a right to feel safe in their homes and I have repeatedly made clear that building owners and developers must replace dangerous ACM cladding. And the costs must not be passed on to leaseholders.

“My message is clear – private building owners must pay for this work now or they should expect to pay more later.”