Fire safety seminar exposes industry knowledge gap

Published:  16 June, 2016

A survey following a series of in-depth presentations at the recent Housebuilders’ Fire Protection Seminar – hosted by SIG – has revealed that there may be a knowledge gap amongst housebuilders regarding the correct specification and installation of fire-stopping measures.

The event saw SIG joined by the Children’s Burns Trust, the Chief Fire Officers Association and the Association for Specialist Fire Protection, to speak about the threat of fire in residential buildings, and what this means for housebuilders. The topics covered included fire protection best practice, looking at the consequences of non-compliance and the need to have workers correctly assessed for competency in the installation of passive fire protection elements.

From the beginning to the end of the seminar, the number of attendees that agreed shifted from 72% to just 40%, showing the current knowledge gap in the industry.

Paul Gordon, managing director of SIG Distribution said: “It’s clear that there is uncertainty in the field of passive fire protection. By hosting this unique seminar, with experts on hand to provide insight into the issue, SIG is highlighting the steps that need to be taken by the trade and will work alongside it to make the country’s homes safer than ever.”

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