The Peterborough Biscuit Business Event

Come and see DB Fire Safety Ltd at The Peterborough Biscuit.

This major Peterborough business exhibition will have over 120 businesses promoting their products and services. Amongst them will be DB Fire Safety Limited promoting their fire safety training packages.

Click on the link below for your FREE visitor tickets.

Wednesday 8th February at Peterborough Arena, Peterborough Showground.

Over half of people living in Britain wouldn’t know what to do in the event of a fire

To mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London in 1666, carried out a survey of 2,000 people living in Britain to find out if they would know what to do in the event of a fire. The research has revealed some surprising statistics:

  • 54% of people living in Britain wouldn’t know what to do in the event of a fire
  • Almost 20% of people living in Britain don’t have building or contents insurance policies
  • 44% of younger millennials (18-24 year olds) also don’t have building or contents insurance policies
  • 38% of Britons also admit that they wouldn’t know what to do in the event of fire, flood or storm
  • The research also suggested that Britons in this day and age would save the same things from their home as Britons saved in 1666


The Great Fire of London changed the London landscape forever. It caused huge destruction but led to the creation of the city we are familiar with today.  Although over three centuries have passed, has found that the people in 1666 facing the fire were more similar to us than you might think.

Samuel Pepys, the renowned diarist who wrote vividly about the fire, recorded people making sure their families were safe, and carrying their goods and documents out of the city.  Pepys himself made sure to save his precious diary as well as burying his parmesan cheese and wine.


Even though there have been huge changes to our way of life since 1666, it seems that we continue to find the same things important.’s research found that after our family members and pets, the next things we save are our important documents.  One in ten people said that important documents would be the first things they would grab!

The Great Fire also led to the birth of the modern day insurance industry. As Londoners rebuilt their city, they realised that sharing the losses from future fires would be a good idea.  Dr. Nicholas Barbon and his associates pioneered an early version of insurance against fires that’s developed into the insurance industry in which operates today.

Have we learned the lessons our forebears learnt in the 17th century?

Worryingly, no we have not. found that only 38% of Britons admit that they wouldn’t know what to do in the event of fire, flood or storm.

With this in mind, has commissioned a Safety Hub which has been designed to give guidance to people on what to do should they experience a fire, flood or storm. Visitors to the site can find information in respect of  how to minimise their impact   There are also helpful things can do to make sure your life gets back to normal as soon as possible.

This content complements a special animated video that shows how, after being all but destroyed in the Great Fire, London was nevertheless able to rebuild itself. This takes the story from 1666 all the way to the present day, marking key moments in the city’s development into the business powerhouse it is today. was launched in 2006 and has grown rapidly over the past nine years to become one of the UK’s leading price comparison websites. provides customers with an easy way to make the right choice on a wide range of products including motor, home, life, travel and pet insurance as well as utilities and money products such as credit cards and loans. actively works with its brand partners to help provide great services to their customers. is a trading name of BISL Limited.  BISL Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered Address: Pegasus House, Bakewell Road, Orton Southgate, Peterborough, PE2 6YS. Registered in England number 3231094.

Just like, DB Fire Safety Ltd operates from Peterborough.   DB Fire Safety Ltd offers fire risk assessments, fire awareness training, fire marshall training, fire strategies and fire safety consultancy.

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Wildfires in the countryside

We tend to think that wildfires only occur in countries such as Spain, Canada and Australia.   If you can take your mind Wildfireback to April 2015, a grass fire a little bit closer to home in the South Wales Valley destroyed 222 acres of countryside.   Only this year in March, there was a fire in Shetland which ripped through 70 acres of grass and heather.   The Upton Heath fire in Dorset in 2011 damaged approximately 250 acres of the heath and required the mobilisation of 30 fire engines and 11 Land Rovers.

Wildfires and grass fires can occur because of the carelessness of people when discarding lit cigarettes or leaving their campfires unattended.   The deliberate setting of wildfires is, of course, illegal and a criminal offence.

What a relief to hear that wildfires are thankfully a rare occurrence.  But when they do occur, they cause massive devastation to our beautiful countryside and the eco-systems which have taken many years to develop.  If a fire encroaches on farmland, then crops, buildings and animals can be consumed.

The cost of a wildfire is immense and the affects are that:

  • nests and the young of birds that nest on the ground are destroyed
  • mammals such as red squirrel lose their forest homes
  • small animals like the common lizard are killed
  • landscapes are scorched and less attractive until they recover
  • peat-land can be damaged and that is important as a carbon store to help combat climate change

As with the Upton Heath fire, a wildfire will take up valuable resources which impacts on resources which could be required to tackle property fires and emergencies.

Fire Engine 2There are, however, things you can do to protect the countryside and keep you safe.

  • If you must have a fire, then make absolutely sure that it is in a designated safe area.  Never leave the fire or barbeque unattended.
  • Extinguish cigarettes and smoking materials properly BEFORE leaving your vehicle.
  • NEVER EVER throw cigarette ends out of car windows.  This recklessness could start a fire and destroy the surrounding crops and countryside.
  • Take home or dispose in a waste or recycling bin your bottles and glass – the heat generated from sunlight shining through the glass can start a fire.
  • Report it immediately if you see a fire in the countryside.  Leave the area as soon as possible – preferably downhill.  Fires spread more quickly uphill. A fire also creates its own wind and achieve a speed far faster than you can get out of its way.
  • Ensure that you know your location or landmark so that you can direct the fire service accordingly.

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Fire Safety Concerns at Peterborough Hospital

DB Fire Safety was interested to read recently in that Peterborough City Hospital has still not Peterborough City Hospitalcomplied with instructions from the region’s fire service to make the hospital safe.

According to Peterborough Today, the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has issued an Enforcement Notice on the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust after becoming aware that defects at the hospital are four times worse than previously found.

The Enforcement Notice was issued on the 22nd March.  There is remedial work to be carried out but, in the meantime, the fire service will work with the hospital managers to ensure that the risks are reduced as far as practicable.

The hospital was built in November 2010. It would now appear that problems in respect of ceiling voids have become apparent.  The structural issues of the hospital do not increase the risk of a fire but they could increase the risk of it spreading.

The work to rectify the situation will have to take place at the same time as the hospital continues to perform its duties to its patients.  With this in mind, the work will not be completed until February 2019.

You will be pleased to learn that the hospital has a fire detection system in place and its evacuation process has since been reviewed.