The Importance of First Aid Training and Defibrillators

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First aid training comes in handy for a variety of different situations in life. Being on the spot and responding quickly and effectively when faced with an emergency situation at work such as heart attacks, choking, drowning or electrocution makes First Aiders the heroes of the hour.

For the accident victim, having someone nearby who is expertly trained to administer basic first aid is not only a legal requirement for businesses of all kinds and sizes, it also makes good community and commercial sense.

Among the major benefits of first aid are the following: It affords people with the ability to provide help during various emergency situations. If someone ingests hazardous substances, or suffers health-related issues like a heart attack, or if a natural disaster occurs, a person knowledgeable in first aid becomes more than just another bystander. Instead, they become an invaluable support not only to victims, but also to professional emergency responders and medical practitioners. First aid helps ensure that the right methods of administering medical assistance are provided. Knowing how to help a person is just as important in emergency situations. It only takes six minutes for the human brain to expire due to lack of oxygen. As such, ineptitude and misinformation will not be of much help to a person in need of medical assistance. Knowledge in first aid also benefits the individuals themselves. Whether the emergency affects themselves directly, or involves people they live and work with, first aid stems the severity of an emergency in a given time and place.

defibrillatorDefibrillation involves delivery of an electric shock to the patient’s chest. The shock travels through the chest to stop V-Fib so that the heart can recommence its normal rhythm. An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a machine that analyzes a patient’s heart rhythm. If the AED recognizes V-Fib, the AED will tell the provider to press a button that will deliver a shock to the patient. The AED will not allow a shock to be delivered unless it recognizes V-Fib (ventricular fibrillation).

AEDs (automated external defibrillators) are proven to save lives and are therefore an invaluable addition to health and safety provision for your employees. Once one is installed in your workplace, we highly recommend you train personnel in its usage. Defibrillators training: Training in how and why you would use a defibrillator, the use of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) for adults and children to prevent choking and how to use a pocket mask.

Organisations that wish to train their staff in CPR and AED on their own premises can call (0) 1 295 7540. or email Also If your company is interested in a managed first aid training solution, call us too.

CFSG has developed and increased its range of training courses ensuring that all trainers are fully up-to-date and compliant with the latest standards.


Source: HSE

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Do Fire Extinguishers Expire?

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Even if there’s no expiration date, it won’t last forever. They may occasionally need recharging, however, especially after you discharge them. Manufacturers say most extinguishers should work for 5 to 15 years.

Recharging and Disposing of Extinguishers

▪   Check your extinguisher to make sure that it can be recharged–some extinguishers are single use only–and then call the office number for your Service Company. If the Service Company does not have the facilities to recharge your extinguisher, they will be able to direct you to a local business that can provide this service.

▪   If your extinguisher is a single use model, you must dispose of it properly. This means you cannot put it in your household trash or drop it in a local dumpster. The materials that fire extinguishers are made of, combined with the chemicals inside, qualify old extinguishers as hazardous waste. To dispose of an old or empty extinguisher, please looking your local Recycling Centre. They will be able to instruct you as to where to take your extinguisher or where and when you can place it for pickup by the department.

Replace or service an extinguisher right away if it’s been used or if you notice any of the following:

  • The hose or nozzle is cracked, ripped, or blocked with debris.
  • The locking pin on the handle is missing or unsealed.
  • The handle is wobbly or broken.
  • The inspection sticker or hang tag, with a record of checkups and maintenance, is missing.

CFSG provides Portable Fire Extinguishers sales, services and contract maintenance under Irish Standard I.S. 291 2002 and certified to EN3, CE and PED 97/23/EC.

Cannon Fire Safety Group is certified and trained.  Also, we provide the full range of Fire Extinguishers and can help you and any doubt you might have. Contact us by phone 353 (0) 1 295 7540 or by email

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The Benefits of Emergency Lighting

emergency lightingLight has become a custom part of our everyday lives that is why it’s essential you have a suitable contingency plan if your normal lighting fails. An emergency lighting system is required to operate in an emergency situation when the mains powered illumination fails through a fault or power failure. As the failure of the mains powered lighting system could be a result of a fire or a power cut the sudden darkness could lead to confusion and risk with the occupants of the building.

• The main advantage of installing emergency lighting in your premises is that you will never be without lighting. By installing emergency lighting your business is not having to lose valuable working time or money by dealing with lighting situations.  It will also ease the worry of power hitches.

• If an incident does occur it is crucial  to make it as easy as possible for the occupants to make their way out quickly and safely through the designated escape routes. Emergency lighting lights up exit signs, allowing the occupants of the building to exit without having to find an exit.

• You must be in compliance with I.S. 3217:2013. Any commercial building must have Emergency Lighting and the installation should follow the legislation criteria

CFSG’ supplier of Emergency Lighting products, also a full range of LED emergency lights to meet the future requirements for low energy, high efficiency and environmentally friendly emergency lighting.

There are many advantages associated with LEDs, the main ones being reliability and longevity. A typical high-power LED will realise 10 years maintenance free service when used for 12 hours every day, thus saving the maintenance costs of replacing 20 new filament lamps over the 10 year life span and the environmental cost of their disposal.

In addition, a 9W LED is now brighter than a 35W dichroic and is using 75% less electricity

Cannon Fire Safety Group is certified and trained by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI). Also, we provide the full range of Emergency Lighting Systems.

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What you know about smoke alarm?

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The most important thing you need to know is that smoke alarms save livesA Smoke alarm is a device that senses smoke, typically as an indicator of fire. Commercial and residential security devices issue a signal to a fire alarm control panel as part of a fire alarm system, while household alarms, generally issue a local audible or visual alarm from the detector itself.

A smoke alarm only works when it is properly installed and maintained. You will have to maintain it according to manufacturer’s instructions. Check this blog post about Smoke Alarm test.

The two main ways that smoke alarms detect smoke are photoelectric and ionisation. Research indicates that photo-electric smoke alarms may be more effective at detecting smouldering fires and fires starting in areas remote from smoke alarms, and that ionisation smoke alarms may be more effective at detecting flaming fires. Both types of fires may occur in buildings where people sleep. 

Some smoke alarms can also monitor levels of carbon monoxide. These alarms generally use sound to alert occupants of fire. Other methods of alerting occupants include alarms with emergency lights, alarms for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and special models for kitchens and relocatable homes.

carbon monoxide smoke alarm or CO alarm is a device that detects the presence of the carbon monoxide (CO) gas in order to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Check our blog post about CO smoke alarm.

Smoke Alarms for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – these are specialised smoke alarms available for people who are Deaf or have a hearing impairment. These have a flashing strobe light and/or a vibrating pad that can be placed under the pillow which activate when the smoke alarm sounds and are designed to interconnect with conventional audible alarms in different locations within the home. If one of the alarms senses smoke, all alarms will sound, the strobe will flash and the vibrating pad will operate. Check Silent Alert website, to find out more details about the range of special alerts for deaf and hard of hearing.

Cannon Fire Safety Group has a full range of  safety appliances that you or your company & home needs, including CO smoke alarms and smoke alarms for deaf and hard of hearing! Contact us for more details by email: or call us on 01 295 7540. Nationwide service.

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Fire Alarm System in Apartment Blocks

Fire System in Apartment Blocks (a real case)

 illustrative imageDevelopment was built in the early 90’s and despite the fact that legislation in force at the time provided for such, no fire alarm system was installed.

The development comprised of 12 separate common areas giving access to a total of 66 apartments.

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A typical common area was as follows:

-       Two flights of external entrance steps which led to the main entrance door of the common area at 2nd storey level.  Underneath the external entrance steps was the electrical meter room/switch room.  Once you entered the common area door you were in a 1.5m wide lobby with an apartment on the left and on the right and in the middle was the stairs to the next level where you had 4 apartment entrance doors around a semi octagon shape landing.

In order for the automatic detection devices, such as heat and smoke detectors, to provide the intended protection, care must be taken in selecting the level of coverage to be used. A common misconception is that “strategically” placing a few smoke or heat detectors in a particular area of a building (such as smoke detectors in an apartment building hallway) provides good “early warning protection.” It should be obvious that if the fire is remote from the detector location, the fire will not be detected “early.”

The requirement of the recently granted building Fire Cert called for an L3X Fire Alarm System to be installed.  There was a definite argument to go with a wireless addressable fire alarm system due to the fact that it was a finished building and the challenge involved in carrying out cable runs taking into account the disruption to tenants, achieving the required sound levels and leaving the finished product aesthetically pleasing.  It is important to note that there were a variety of different apartment internal layouts.  Some with long Z-shaped corridors and some duplexes.  Achieving the necessary sound levels was not straightforward by any means and in most cases would involve more than one sounder within most of the apartments.  A sound level survey was carried out to establish this.

Once quantities were agreed on, we submitted a very detailed quotation, a fully transparent breakdown of the costs involved for both a wireless system and a hardwired system. With the quantities involved and high cost of wireless equipment not only did the initial installation costs come in one third more expensive than the hardwired system, but this combined with the higher maintenance of the wireless system including replacement batteries over its expected lifetime, made the hardwired system the definite option.

In order to comply with the requirements of I.S. 3218 Standard and also make the installation aesthetically pleasing it was decided to run PVC trunking with the fire rated cable fixed within trunking with fire rated cable cleats drilled and screwed to the wall at the relevant distances.  This not only secured the cable in compliance but also secured the trunking.  All the trunking joints were accurately mitred.

There are some steps we have to take before and during the fire alarm system installation, make sure that your fire safety company complies with all standards and requirements required by Irish legislation.

The L3X main building fire alarm system was complimented by the installation of an LD2 domestic smoke alarm system in each individual apartment,  The project was completed on time with the minimum inconvenience and the finished installation was found to be very satisfactory by all concerned.

CFSG is a one stop shop that supplies all your Fire Safety needs, email us or call us 01 295 7540. CSFG operates a nationwide service backed up by a 24 hour call monitoring facility.

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Fire Service maintenance, what you should know?

Well-maintained fire systems help save lives and property

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As the risk of fire is always there, your fire detection systems need to be ready to perform when you need them most.

Through our regular comprehensive servicing and maintenance services, our technicians aim to provide properly functioning fire equipment and systems. We service a huge range of fire protection systems for organisations large and small and home service.

24/7 support that comes to you

CFSG technicians are on 24-hour standby; ready to undertake emergency repairs to your fire-protection systems and products. Rapid response in Ireland.

All businesses must think before neglecting fire alarm maintenance.  It is really difficult to run a business nowadays and to undertake this challenge you should consider many conditions. Safety is one of these, you are responsible for the lives under your ceiling.

  • Facility owners and managers should evaluate their need for fire alarm systems. These are important devices to keep personnel and property safe.
  • Fire alarm systems must be installed serviced and maintained under IS 3218:2013
  • Experienced fire safety providers can help to evaluate your facility and determine how best to install the fire alarm systems as well as what types would work best.

CFSG also offers SA3000 Silent Alert Commercial Fire Safe Paging System for people who are deaf

This is a deaf fire alarm interface that links with any existing commercial fire alarm system and complies with all the relevant parts of I.S. 3218:2013 and EN54-25 2008 & BS5839-1 2002. This system can help make you compliant with Part 3 of the Disability Act 2005. Other workplace alerting options can be integrated with this system such as telephone, intercom, etc.

CFSG is a one stop shop that supplies all your Fire Safety needs, email us or call us 01 295 7540. CSFG operates a nationwide service backed up by a 24 hour call monitoring facility.


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CO alarm, what you need to know?

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Fire Safety Week 2014 – Stop Fire

National Fire Safety Week 2014  - 6th – 13th October

In this post, we are pointing out tips for you to know and remember during this week and carry out for your life.

  • Smoke Alarms

Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

  1. Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
  2. Test your smoke alarms every month and change the batteries regurlaly
  3. Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years
  4. When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  5. In the event of a fire like evacuation, calling the fire brigade, call 999
  6. People deaf and with hearing impairments can chose smoke alarms that sound an ultra-loud warning and others that have visual and vibrating indicators. CFSG and Silent Alert have a special range of general alerting (including smoke alarms) options for the commercial and the domestic markets. The Silent Alert Wireless Personal Paging System offers a choice of portable receivers to alert you to all the important sounds around the home (smoke alarm, carbon monoxide alarm, burglar, car alarms, baby monitor, telephone, etc…).
  • Fire Alarms

Fire alarm systems are expected to help protect people, property, and assets. Proper testing, inspection and maintenance can keep your fire alarm system at optimum operating performance. In addition to ensuring protection, keeping your system in good condition reduces expenses by preventing unbudgeted emergency repairs and costly false alarms. 

Silent Alert Commercial Firesafe SystemsThis is a deaf fire alarm interface that links with any existing commercial fire alarm system and complies with all the relevant parts of I.S. 3218 2013 and EN54-25 2008 & BS5839-1 2002. This system can help make you compliant with Part 3 of the Disability Act 2005. Other workplace alerting options can be integrated with this system such as telephone, intercom, etc.

  • Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers can be a small but important part of the home fire safety plan. They can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or suppressing it until the fire department arrives.

Check out our blog: What you should know about Fire Extinguishers?

CFSG can inspect the extinguishers at your facility. We schedule a time to service your facility, arrive on time with a smile, perform our inspections. While the job might seem simple, there is actually an extensive process behind the annual inspection. Each extinguisher requires individual attention and several detailed check points to ensure it will function as designed.

  • Emergency Lighting

Emergency lighting and exit signage are essential for accidents or catastrophic events that require a safe and smooth evacuation from a building. It provides illumination allowing people to see clearly, avoid obstacles and move confidently to the nearest exit in a crisis. Our range of emergency lighting products provides a flexible, cost effective solution to any emergency lighting testing and monitoring system.

  • Safety Training

The importance of safety training extends beyond a worker’s introduction to the job. It also encompasses situations when his job changes or when working conditions change. Without an understanding of safety practices related to her job, a worker will be at a higher risk for workplace injury, illness or death.

CFSG has developed and increased its range of training courses ensuring that all trainers are fully up-to-date and compliant with the latest standards.

  • Safety Kits

CFSG offers a range of safety kits: Medical Kits
- First Aid Boxes
- Home Safety Kits (Fire Extinguisher, Smoke Blanket & Smoke Alarm)
- Taxi Safety Kits (First Aid Box, Fire Extinguisher, Hi-Viz Vest, Warning Triangle, Torch, Pen & Notebook). To keep your family safe equip your home with the essential products you will need if an emergency occurs.

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CFSG is one stop shop that supplies all your Fire Safety needs, email us or call us 01 295 7540. CSFG operates a nationwide service backed up by a 24 hour call monitoring facility.

Source: NFPA, Irish Fire Brigade, Fire Safety Week
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Fire Safety Building Regulations have changed

CarbonMonoxideDetectorBG_hero_imageFrom September 1st 2014

Where a new or replacement open-flues or clueless combustion appliance, not designed solely for cooking purposes, is installed in a dwelling, a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm should be provided:

(a) in the room where the appliance is located, and

(b) either inside each bedroom or, within 5m (16ft.) of the bedroom door, measured along the path of the corridor.

Check out the building regulations (Technical Guidance Document B Fire Safety) at:,1640,en.pdf

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Carbon Monoxide is highly dangerous. You can’t see it or smell it. In fact it is often called “the silent killer”. You can protect your home from the dangers of this deadly gas by taking preventive measures and by learning to recognise the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. 


CFSG is one stop shop that supplies all your Fire Safety needs, email us or call us 01 295 7540. CSFG operates a nationwide service backed up by a 24 hour call monitoring facility.

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Retail Fire Safety

The retail sector is Ireland’s largest, employing more than 270,000 people. Hazards associated with a retail environment are often thought to be low risk, but accidents remain common and can inflict significant extra costs on a business. The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 (the 2005 Act) states that employers must ‘ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare at work of his or her employees’. The person in control to any extent of the workplace should ensure a safe workplace, safe access, safe egress and safe articles or substances.

Fire Prevention - Fire hazards often exist in retail stores due to flammable and combustible materials, electrical malfunctions, open flames, sparks, hot surfaces, smoking and unsafe storage of chemical products. Workers must have an emergency plan for how to evacuate the store, who to call in case of fire, and job tasks for people responsible for evacuation. Exit paths should not be blocked and must be clearly marked with exit signs that are lighted. It is better to have a pre-emergency plan than for chaos to result when a fire breaks out, causing loss of life and property damage.

Fire extinguishers must be available, and workers should be trained in how to use them. They must be the correct type for the hazard: type A for combustibles, type C for electrical equipment and type ABC for general fires. Fire extinguishers must be inspected regularly to ensure that they are in good working order. The needle gauge must be at the 12:00 o’clock position and the nozzle in good shape. Sprinklers must be installed and inspected at least once a year.

Good housekeeping and proper storage and disposal of combustible and flammable materials are the most important steps in preventing fires in a retail store. The employer must allow time in the work day for this type of work to be done.

Floors - Slips, trips and falls are common causes of injuries in all retail stores. Wet, slippery floors around produce, meat, fish and freezer areas are especially hazardous in grocery supermarkets. Similarly, aisles that are cluttered with boxes, and uneven cracked flooring are all hazards commonly found in department stores.

All spills need to be cleaned promptly, and time needs to be allowed to clear clutter and waste from the aisles.

Fire Exits - There are several important points concerning fire exits:

  1. There must be at least two exits which are separate from each other so that if one is blocked by fire another is available for escape. More than two exits may be required depending on the number of people to evacuate and the level of fire danger.
  2. Exits should not be locked or blocked. If doors are locked for security reasons, they must be able to be opened immediately in an emergency.
  3. Exits, and the pathways to exits, should be clearly marked, easy to get to and well lit. Every exit sign should be illuminated by a reliable light source. Doors and passageways that are not fire exits should be marked “NOT AN EXIT.”

 Fire Drills - Fire drills should be conducted on a regular basis so that every worker knows how to evacuate the building quickly. You need to know where your nearest exit and alternative exit are located.

Emergency Action Plan - Employers should develop an emergency action plan. This plan should include a written policy that includes at least the following:

  1. How to report a fire
  2. How and where employees will escape the building including how disabled employees and employees involved in shutting down critical plant equipment will be evacuated.
  3. The type of emergency alarm system(s) to be used throughout the workplace.
  4. Training and retraining on evacuation procedures for all employees.
  5. Designation of fire wardens or other responsible individuals who can answer questions and give further information.

Evacuation Safety Points - If you are escaping from a building:

  • Know your escape route
  • Don’t use the elevator or escape to the roof
  • Close all doors behind you to slow the spread of the fire.
  • The smoke is often the most hazardous part of a fire. If it is smoky, stay close to the floor; crawl if necessary.
  • Don’t open a door if it feels hot.

CFSG is a one-stop shop for all your Fire Safety needs, contact us now and arrange a free consultation and the telephone number is  (01) 295 7540.

Source: - HSA Ireland, NSAI


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