It’s official … Thank you!

Last Thursday was a special evening for us at the BoA Business Awards. We won in the popular category of Best Professional Services. 

After supper and wine there was the nail-biting wait as the winners were announced in the category.  Upon hearing the news that Bath & West Fire & Safety had won the award, partners Steve and Darren leapt onto the stage to accept it, and Steve gave an impromptu speech with Darren also expressing his thanks with a big smile. Now the Award takes pride of place in the office, where it will remain on display for the year.

Since 1991 we have worked hard to see that Bradford-on-Avon is put on the map in respect of an independent, accredited, and knowledgeable business such as Bath & West Fire & Safety serving communities and businesses with fire safety advice and assessment, fire safety supply and fitting, fire alarm commissioning and maintenance, and fire safety training.
So, thank you, to you, our loyal customer for having the faith in us, and taking the time to put your tick in the box for our business. We won!

Tragedy follows devastation as fires rage through California

California is suffering from ‘unprecedented’ devastation following wildfires which have ripped through its northern wine regions around San Francisco. Wildfires are not unusual in California, but this spate of blazes started almost in unison, catching the fire safety services in the almost impossible position of keeping them under control.
An estimated 1,500 structures have been destroyed, along with several priceless vineyards in this famous region. Around 20,000 people have been evacuated, including care home residents and hospital patients, but the fire has claimed several lives in its wake. Fire fighters are battling night and day but the wildfires continue to fox their attempts to put them out. High winds and a warm atmosphere have played their part in spreading the fire.
California’s famous wine valley particularly suffered. Although the main bulk of the wine region’s grape has been harvested, the most valuable late crop was reduced to ashes. Signorello Estate Winery and Paradise Ridge Winery were destroyed and portions of another, Stags’ Leap, were also burned. Wineries in the Napa Valley are the region’s lifeblood and the economic cost is yet to be fully calculated.
As the fires spread, witnesses reported that smoke was thick in San Francisco, 60 miles south of the Sonoma County fire. The origins of these devastating fires are under investigation, and we really hope that the fire services will get them under control soon.
For all your fire safety concerns, at home, at work and on the road including alarms, fire extinguishers and fire safety training for your staff please contact us at Bath & West Fire & Safety.

It’s October and the Majestic Rutting Season.

Autumn is glowing with rich colours and the leaves are falling.  Acorns and horse chestnuts litter the ground as the mornings take a little longer to warm up the day.  This is the perfect time for early rising and taking that long walk into the countryside.  If you are lucky, and plan your trip accordingly, you will witness one of nature’s wonders: the deer rut.  The buck deer which roam our open spaces will stock up on food to fuel their bodies for the most challenging time of year for them, and their very survival depends upon it as they battle each other for supremacy.  The sound and sight of rutting is unforgettable and it is wise to keep a safe distance from this natural phenomenon as testosterone is high and deer have been known to chase and attack people and dogs particularly at rutting time.

There are fire safety rules to follow in the countryside too.  Always make sure that cigarettes and other smoking materials are extinguished properly, never throw cigarette ends out of car windows – in autumn dry leaves can be particularly flammable.  Don’t leave bottles or glass  – sunlight shining through glass can start fires.  Take all litter home or put it in a waste or recycling bin.  If a barbecue is planned, make sure there is permission for this to take place.

If time is short and you want a guaranteed view of a herd of fallow deer why not take a scenic walk in Dyrham Park near Bath where the rutting season is happening right now with their resident herd.

For your event, dwelling or workplace, we can supply fire extinguishers, fire blankets, and fire safety training call us at Bath & West Fire & Safety.

Really special? We hope you agree!

Since 1991 the beautiful town of Bradford-on-Avon has had its own fire and safety advice and supply company and that is us, here at Bath & West Fire & Safety. Locals can easily recognise our familiar silver vans that are very much part of the community. Not only serving this area, we have valued customers all over the South of England, Wales and parts of London. And when out on the road we proudly represent the best that the west country has to offer in our friendly, independent, accredited, and knowledgeable approach to serving communities and businesses with fire safety advice and assessment, fire safety supply and fitting, fire alarm commissioning and maintenance, and fire safety training.
We even have a company mascot! Here is Farley pictured with partner Steve Milne, son of the founder of Bath & West Fire & Safety. Although Farley does not go out on site, he is very much a valued friend and takes care of ‘office deliveries’ and feet warming. Please tick the box for us as your favourite business in Bradford-on-Avon – we would really appreciate your support (voting closes on Sunday). http://www.boabusiness.co.uk/awards/index.html
Thank you.

Catching those last rays of sun, it’s time to dust off the caravan

September can have the most glorious days of sunshine, and at this time of year every day of warmth seems more appreciated, than in the summer when it is expected.
So, if you have a motorhome or caravan, now is as good a time as any to steal some time away and bask in the peace and quiet of a few days’ escape now that the schools are back. Picture early autumn days with deserted beaches and crisp morning walks in the golden glow of September.
Heading out to a new and unexpected adventure you never know what is around the corner, so it really is important that plans are made for any eventuality … good or bad. Once you have drafted the shopping list, just have a check on your fire prevention equipment, such as a fire extinguisher and fire blanket, you never know when you might need them … and just having them ready to go might just save somebody’s life.
For all your fire safety needs whether at work or play, contact us at Bath & West Fire & Safety – your local fire safety experts. Happy travelling!

Bradford-on-Avon Business Awards – please vote for us!

Although we serve an area far and wide, our home is in vibrant Bradford-on-Avon. It’s a beautiful town with near Bath, with historically interesting streets and no less than two waterways flowing through.
The history of Bradford-on-Avon is steeped in the wool trade. For six centuries wool harvesting, weaving, and selling-on as cloth was the town’s main purpose. The main streets in the town today still have the decorative clothiers’ houses as focal points, with humble but functional weavers’ cottages winding up the hills behind that date back to the 17th century, which was the most successful period of the local textile industry. Today the streets and passage-ways are a source of fascination for tourists and locals alike.
But moving forward to the industrial age, Bradford-on-Avon changed as the wool industry became more industrialised and the mills of the town (now mostly converted to flats) were powered by its waterways, and with other industries, the town thrived.
Meanwhile, the fire extinguisher was invented in the late 1800s, but didn’t really come into mass production until after World War II in the 1940s.
Then in 1991, in Bradford-on-Avon, Jon Milne launched the business he named Bath & West Fire & Safety. Jon had the philosophy of delivering quality fire safety advice and products coupled with a friendly, knowledgeable service to businesses and individuals. As the business grew the vans of Bath & West Fire & Safety became a well-known feature as they travelled around the west of England and Wales. Today, his son Steve Milne and business partner, Darren Dicker are at the helm of Bath & West Fire & Safety and this philosophy carries on.
We value your opinion. Please vote for us as your favourite business in Bradford-on-Avon http://www.boabusiness.co.uk/awards/ Thank you!

Eastern Eye Indian Restaurant in Bath ‘A Death Trap’

A Bath restaurant was such a serious fire risk to its customers and staff that its owner was told he could end up in jail.
The Crown Court judge in the case said that customers and staff would have found it almost impossible to escape in the event of a fire.
Investigating fire safety officers found a “compendium of multiple failings” at The Eastern Eye on Quiet Street in the Georgian Quarter of Bath.
In the catalogue of failings it was stated that the fire escape was blocked and unlit, fire alarms were not working, fire doors were faulty and no fire safety risk assessment had been carried out. Additionally no staff training records were available, and internal doors that did not fit properly were wedged open.
Fire safety officers carried out a full investigation of the Indian restaurant after concerns were raised by a member of the public and subsequent visit from the council.
Owner Abdul Hadi Choudhury was sentenced on Friday, September 1, having admitted to multiple and serious breaches of fire safety regulations.
Sentencing in Bristol Crown Court, judge Douglas Field described the breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 as a “compendium of multiple failings”.
Had a fire occurred in the kitchen of the restaurant, it would have been almost impossible for the customers and staff to have escaped to safety, the judge concluded.
He fined the restaurant £70,000 and handed Choudhury a suspended six-month jail term. Judge Field also ordered him to pay prosecution costs of £8,381.
Clearly an extremely worrying case for this popular Bath restaurant frequented by locals and tourists alike. Please contact us at Bath & West Fire & Safety for fire risk assessments, staff training, fire alarms, fire extinguishers and fire blankets. We supply, test and advise.

Pet rabbit nibbles its way to fire alert

Fire fighters in Cleveland were called to attend a house fire last week which had been started by a rabbit. The intrepid bunny had escaped its hutch and had found the utility room. The rabbit then worked its way to the back of the tumble dryer and chewed the flex. This damage resulted in a small fire.
Luckily the householders had a smoke alarm which alerted them to call the fire brigade. But having to replace their damaged tumble dryer, re-decorate the smoke damage, and sooth their traumatised pet bunny must have had the family vowing to keep a special eye on thumper in the future.
House rabbits are becoming increasingly more popular as companions as well as playmates. Safe-a-fluff, the rabbit rescue charity, recommends that all electrical cables should be protected in rabbit proof covering. Also, that house rabbits are placed in a hutch or suitable cage whilst unattended, and to provide bunny with suitable toys to chew on!
For all your fire safety concerns, including smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and fire safety training for your staff please contact us at Bath & West Fire & Safety

Heartbreak for sisters as their business fights the flames

The owners of a Welsh based business, Spectrum Collections, woke up on Sunday to discover that it had been hit by a devastating fire. Sophie and Hannah Pyecroft started their make-up brush and accessories concept in the garage of their family home in Barry, Wales. Interest quickly grew in their cruelty free and rainbow coloured make-up brushes, unicorn tear sponges, shell shaped bags and accessories in which they promised that ‘no unicorns had been harmed’ and they now sell to a world-wide clientele.
The fire, which hit the company’s Essex warehouse, was battled by over 100 fire fighters, and was described as ‘completely alight’ with flames also burning lorries outside the warehouse.
The inferno threatened to spread to a neighbouring industrial unit and officers worked through the night to contain the blaze.
Fifteen fire engines and specialist appliances, such as aerial ladder platforms to vary the angle of fire hoses, were at the scene after the first emergency call was made at 12.21am on Sunday.
Businesswomen Sophie and Hannah vowed to fight on however, from their office location in Barry. Whilst the collections are being labelled as ‘sold out’ online, they are expecting another delivery of the vegan friendly synthetic brushes and the site will be back up and running soon.
For all your fire safety needs including fire risk assessments, fire alarms, fire extinguishers and fire safety training for your staff contact us at Bath & West Fire & Safety.

Cloudy soup in clearing as students await A level results on Thursday

Thursday is A level results day and this year there are varying numbers of places still available at England’s universities.  This could mean that for students who either do better than expected, or worse than expected, they will probably enter the UCAS (University Colleges Admission Service) clearing system to find a higher education place more suited to their needs than their original application.  But there is a new trend in the clearing soup.  Despite appetite for further study after school never being stronger, it seems that school leavers who are keen to go onto higher education are leaving it until they receive their results before they choose which university to apply to.  This means there are potential students who have yet to trawl through the process of application and moving to a different part of the country … all this in just a matter of a month before starting the course.

Universities are bracing themselves for a tumultuous few weeks until the start of the semester.  It is the policy of many universities to offer only early conditional applicants the guarantee of student halls residency.  This means that late applicants through clearing are not necessarily guaranteed university accommodation and thus the university will draw on private landlords to fill the gap for students in their first year.  Most students prefer to leave university halls behind in their second and third years and rent privately for the rest of their time at university.

All of this may well mean that extra student accommodation will be in demand … landlords need to make sure that their properties are ready, safe and compliant for the start of term.  Please contact us at Bath & West Fire & Safety for fire risk assessments, fire alarms, fire extinguishers and fire blankets and get top marks on your property.