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November 6, 2023
The Hidden Perils of Neglecting Smoke Control System Repairs

As a conscientious building manager, the safety of your occupants should be paramount. Yet, there’s a crucial facet of building safety that's often out of sight and, consequently, out of mind – the maintenance and repair of smoke control systems. Concealed within walls and ductwork, these systems frequently slip from memory. Due to inconsistent record-keeping, […]

September 18, 2023
The Vital Role of Natural Smoke Ventilation in Apartment Buildings

In the realm of apartment buildings, natural smoke ventilation systems play a critical role in safeguarding the lives of occupants and protecting property. These systems are designed to ensure the safe evacuation of residents in the event of a fire, making them indispensable components of fire safety strategies. Here's a closer look at why natural […]

September 12, 2023
Ulster University: Ensuring Safety in a Landmark Regeneration Project

Ulster University Case Study Project Overview The Ulster University project was a significant part of the largest regeneration initiative in Belfast since 1988. This ambitious undertaking aimed to expand the existing Belfast campus by an impressive 75,000m², creating a landmark building designed to stand for centuries. G.S Stothers Smoke Ventilation Specialists played a critical role […]

September 7, 2023
Smoke and Fire Curtains: Protecting Lives and Property in the Event of a Fire

In the dynamic and continually changing world of fire safety, smoke and fire curtains have become essential instruments for restricting and controlling fire incidents. These curtains are integral components of building fire safety systems, each serving a distinct but equally critical purpose in safeguarding lives and property. Understanding Smoke Curtains Purpose: Smoke curtains are engineered […]

August 30, 2023
Optimising Car Park Environments: The Role of Heat and Fume Exhaust Systems

Car parks are bustling hubs of activity, accommodating the constant flow of vehicles and people. Ensuring a safe and comfortable environment within these enclosed spaces is of paramount importance. Enter the world of car park heat and fume exhaust systems – advanced ventilation solutions designed to maintain optimal conditions while safeguarding the well-being of users. […]

August 17, 2023
Designing Smoke Ventilation Systems: The Best Choice with G.S Stothers Smoke Ventilation Specialists

Effective smoke ventilation systems are critical for ensuring the safety and compliance of buildings in the event of a fire. Smoke ventilation systems help control the movement of smoke, allowing for clear escape routes and aiding the safe evacuation of occupants. Designing and installing these systems require expert knowledge and precision to ensure optimal functionality […]

July 27, 2023
Comprehensive Maintenance Requirements for Smoke Dampers

In this article, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide to the maintenance requirements for smoke dampers. As experts in the field, we understand the critical role that smoke dampers play in ensuring the safety of buildings and their occupants. By following proper maintenance procedures, you can maximise effectiveness and longevity, safeguarding lives and […]

July 27, 2023
Enhancing Fire Safety with Smoke Control Dampers

Fire safety is a critical aspect of building design, and ensuring the well-being of occupants is paramount. In this regard, smoke control dampers play a vital role in preventing the spread of smoke and fire, safeguarding lives and property. G.S Stothers Smoke Ventilation Specialists Ltd., a renowned leader in the smoke control industry, brings over […]

July 20, 2023
G.S. Stothers Announces Rebrand as G.S. Stothers Smoke Ventilation Specialists, Marking 40 Years of Success

G.S. Stothers Mechanical and Electrical Engineering has announced it will rebrand as G.S. Stothers Smoke Ventilation Specialists, coinciding with the celebration of the company's remarkable 40 years in business. This strategic decision reflects the company's evolution into a leading force in the smoke control industry. Over the past four decades, G.S. Stothers has consistently demonstrated […]

June 7, 2023
Special Recognition Award Win for Sam Stothers at the Northern Ireland Electrical Awards 2023

G.S Stothers Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Celebrate 40th Year in Business with a Special Recognition Award at the Northern Ireland Electrical Awards 2023 It was a night to remember for G.S Stothers Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at the Northern Ireland Electrical Awards on Friday night. With a Special Recognition Award for Founder and Technical Director, […]

May 17, 2023
We Take ‘Action’ on Mental Health with New Corporate Charity Partnership

G.S STOTHERS Mechanical and Electrical Engineering have announced a new corporate charity partnership with Action Mental Health, which will run for 12 months. The decision came as figures revealed that Northern Ireland has the highest rates of poor mental health of any of the four UK jurisdictions. Managing Director of G.S Stothers, Jonney Stothers says, […]

February 6, 2023
Smoke control and fire damper maintenance

Smoke control and fire dampers are a crucial part of a building’s fire safety. Regular maintenance by a competent company is very important. In this short blog, we aim to give you an overview of what your responsibilities are when it comes to the maintenance and repair of smoke control and fire dampers. Why fire […]

January 13, 2023
Your Maintenance Responsibilities are Changing. Find out How.

Your maintenance responsibilities are changing. The recent amendments to the fire safety regulations since the Grenfell fire in 2017 have affected the responsibilities of the ‘Responsible Person’ in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO). What Changes Have Been Made to Your Maintenance Responsibilities As of 23 January 2023, there will be additional duties that […]

December 16, 2022
How to size smoke vents for residential apartment blocks.

It is important to know how to size smoke vents (also known as AOVs') correctly, in order to install the correct smoke ventilation system in a residential building, otherwise the system will not be compliant. In residential buildings, the most common approaches to smoke control are natural ventilation and/or mechanical smoke ventilation systems. With natural […]

November 25, 2022
A Guide to AOV Maintenance.

Our guide to AOV maintenance will cover everything you need to know when it comes to Automatic Opening Vents. What is an AOV? An “AOV” or “Automatic Opening Vent” is a smoke or fire vent that will open and close automatically when triggered by a control system to help vent smoke or heat out of […]

November 18, 2022
Seven good practices for effective pressurisation systems.

Pressurisation Systems require a number of ''good practices" in order to be effective. In the below article, we look at the top seven practices you should put in place to ensure effective pressurisation. How do Pressurisation systems work? Let's first look at how pressurisation systems (or pressure differential systems) work to remove smoke from a […]

October 14, 2022
How smoke control systems help firefighters keep people safe

.Smoke control systems play a vital role in ensuring the safety of buildings, firefighters, and people during fire incidents. These systems work in conjunction with various components to effectively manage smoke and maintain safe evacuation routes. Enhancing Firefighter Safety through Smoke Control Systems Smoke control systems offer firefighters greater control in keeping escape routes and […]

September 23, 2022
EN 12101-2 and the importance of responsible smoke ventilation repairs.

EN 12101-2 Standard: Ensuring Effective Smoke Ventilators In this article we will discuss the importance of EN 12101-2 standard. EN 12101-2, titled "Smoke and Heat Control Systems - Part 2: Specification for Natural Heat and Smoke Exhaust Ventilators," is a crucial European test standard. It outlines the requirements for the design and manufacturing of smoke […]

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