Adam Bannister

Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
January 18, 2019

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WATCH: Fire safety in houses of multiple occupation (HMOs)

Watch a roundtable discussion on best practice for life safety in houses of multiple occupancy (HMOs) in three videos below, courtesy of event co-hosts Hochiki Europe and the Fire Industry Association (FIA).

Panellists from throughout the life safety procurement chain included respected figures from the manufacturing, facilities management, consultancy/specification and installation sectors, as well as from the FIA.

Panellists debated the merits and downsides of installing only Part 1 or Part 6 systems within HMOs versus mixed systems, perceived confusion around the definition of an HMO, and challenges for duty holders and best practice when selecting emergency lighting in these types of buildings.

The event, held at the FIA’s training centre in Hampton, London, followed the publication by Hochiki Europe of a whitepaper outlining grey areas around various systems being installed in HMOs.

Participants included: Ian Watts, emergency lighting manager, Hochiki Europe; Richard Wharram, regional sales manager, Hochiki Europe; Will Lloyd, technical manager, FIA; David Thewlis, director, Rosse Systems; and Neil Wright, an independent electrical engineer.

“The general consensus around the table was that education and upskilling engineers is paramount.” Panel chair Paul Adams, Marketing Manager, Hochiki Europe

“This was a necessary and worthwhile discussion which brought up some urgent issues for all parties that must be addressed if we are to protect people living in HMOs,” said Panel chair Paul Adams, marketing manager, Hochiki Europe. “The general consensus around the table was that education and upskilling engineers is paramount.

“The life safety sector has so many different requirements for different buildings, depending on their intended purpose but it has become clear that there is a severe lack of clarity within the industry over best practice. The guidance and support is out there, we just need to show people where to get it and why it is so vitally important.”

Read more related literature on Hochiki Europe’s website.

The video series also includes interviews with the panellists around specific discussion points.

Hochiki roundtable event: Life safety in HMOs part 1

Hochiki roundtable event: Life safety in HMOs part 2

Hochiki roundtable event: Life safety in HMOs part 3


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Is the fire protection industry adapting to the post-Grenfell reality fast enough? At FIREX International 2019, Europe's only dedicated fire safety event, some of the world's leading fire safety experts covered this theme. This eBook covers the key insights from those discussions on the developments shaping the profession, with topics including:

  • Grenfell Inquiry must yield “bedrock change” – and soon
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  • Hackitt’s Golden Thread: Fire, facilities and building safety
  • Fire safety community has to “get on board” with technological changes

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