Fire Safety For Sports And Entertainment Venues

fcam1Sports and entertainment venues such as arenas and stadiums are at a particular high risk for fires, as several disasters in the past have shown.

The problem with such locations isn’t just that any fire could possibly injure hundreds of people.

It is also that reliable fire detection for stadiums and in particular for outdoor sports venues had always been problematic, at least until recently. The reason for this is that smoke detectors, due to the way how they work do not work outdoors.

New fire detection technologies such as digital fire cameras and optical smoke alarms can now greatly increase fire safety for these locations where fire detection had been impossible until recently.

How does a Fire camera work?

A fire camera is monitoring a life video feed for a smoke and fire. The instant when the system spots a fire, it can sound an alarm or summon emergency responders. The biggest advantage of a fire camera is that it can also work from a distance. Modern fire cameras such as the Fcam can detect fires from several hundred metres away and can do so within seconds of detection of smoke or fire. In addition to that, they are also much more reliable then smoke detectors with less false alarms.

As the fire camera can work from far away to oversee a larger space or building, this means that the camera can also detect fires from many different locations. For instance, a fire camera could monitor an entire building such as a stadium or monitor areas such as parking lots and sound an alarm in case of a fire. A smoke detector, in comparison, could only detect fire in a single room. This makes fire cameras much better suited than many other types of fire detection systems, not only for sports but also for businesses and increasingly more also for private home owners.

The Bristol Balloon Fiesta

fiesta_history1Europe’s largest ballooning event, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta will again be held this coming August.

With a history that goes back several decades, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta today attracts many hundred thousands of visitor. Over 100 hot air balloons are expected for the spectacular event this summer in Bristol.

What makes the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta attractive for families is that it is free and offers a whole of fun for everyone.

If you want to learn more about the schedule this year, check out the official website of the Bristol Balloon Fiesta at

Don’t miss the spectacular event this year! If you want to travel Great Britain’s gorgeous South West, consider hiring a camper too! If you travel with a camper van, visiting festivals in the area is even more fun!


A Cool Tip for Wedding and Party Entertainment

Secret Singers - Singing WaitersFor those who are into wedding planning, if you listen around in the scene in the UK right now, chances are you will hear the term “surprise entertainment” sooner or later.

Surprise entertainment such as flash mobs and similar are currently all the hype especially in the major cities in the United Kingdom.

But surprise entertainment is not only very high in demand currently when it comes to weddings and wedding receptions.

Companies too are booking surprise entertainers today for parties and corporate events when they are looking for better and unique musical entertainment that is different from what everyone else has.

So, what is surprise entertainment? What is all the hype about?

Well, understandably there is not much surprise involved if you are thinking about a typical wedding band or a DJ. The problem here is rather that virtually everyone does it. They book a band or a DJ for a party or reception and that is normally how far it goes goes as far as the musical entertainment for the guests is concerned.

Surprise entertainers, as you may have already guessed, will appear unannounced at your party or event. No one knows that they are there  and sometimes those entertainers are even disguised which means they will mingle among your guests pretending to be with your staff.

The singing waiters are probably the best example for this. Those singing waiters are definitely professional singing waiters. They are trained entertainers who will pass as waiters. At a certain time when no one suspect it they will start with their show. The singing waiters can be the perfect addition to your wedding reception. Their repertoire covers all types of musical style and tastes, whether you look for classy entertainment or simply good fun with the latest popular songs that everyone knows.

I had the fortune to see the singing waiters two times already and each time was a fantastic experience. So if you ask me, I can highly recommend them to you. You can visit their site if you want to learn more about the singing waiters.

Planning A Wedding On A Budget

There are those folks who may well spend a fortune on a wedding and whatever goes with it, such as the wedding reception, the rings, catering and everything else. But not everyone has tens of thousands of pounds to spend on a wedding. Then there are those people who may well have the cash but still prefer to keep it affordable. After all, your wedding day will be over sooner or later and common sense might say there are smarter things in life then spending a fortune on this one although very special day.

The good news is that weddings don’t have to be excessively expensive. Even on a budget you can have a great wedding day and a reception without major compromises.

There is a great list of 50 cheap wedding tips that I’ve found over at the Money Saving Expert website. It covers everything to help you save some money starting from selecting your rings to taking advantage of coupons and vouchers. Check it out, I found the article very helpful.

On Horse Racing in the United Kingdom

Given that horse racing in the United Kingdom has a very vast history it is not surprising to find a plethora of horse racing tracks all over the nation. According to Wikipedia there are 58 horse racetracks in the UK today. History of some racetracks goes back as far as to the 16th century. A good example for this would be the Doncaster racecourse with is one of the oldest racetracks today.

Horse Racing In The UKDue to this impressive history with horse racing, one could say that the races and along with it betting on the horses is something truly British.

Even today, thousands of Britons flock to the tracks. Many who go there also see the horse races as a welcomed opportunity to possibly win some cash on the side, given that the horse they bet on will actually win.

However, predicting the right horse that may win is not always easy. Fortunately, there something you can do if you want to turn the luck to work into your favour.

My advice here is that you should look into getting some solid horse racing tips. If you get some betting advice before you go to track, rest assured that the races will be even more fun then without it.

The good news it is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money for horse racing tips since you can also get free horse betting tips today.

My tip: Take advantage of a horse racing tips subscription.

It is obvious that not anyone can afford the time to study the tracks and the racers to acquire all the necessary knowledge like those horse racing professionals do. On the other hand, you do not have to when you know where to get solid horse racing tips from a third party. Some horse betting professionals offer this type of service today which means that anyone in the UK can increase their chance to win at the races without all that insider knowledge like the pros do.

So, in conclusion, if you happen to like horse races and are tired of never winning a highly recommend  that you look into free horse betting tips. You don’t have to study horse racing results over and over to become a pro at betting today.


HMV To Become UK’s Biggest Entertainment Retailer

According to HMV chairman Paul McGowan, “it’s only a matter of time” before HMV will become their nation’s biggest entertainment retailer. There chairman but even so far as to predict that it will be overtaking Internet giant

Some have doubts whether this will happen sealing that this statement comes one year-and-a-half after the chain went into administration where more than 100 jobs had been put at risk in the process,

Turnaround firm Hilco ever saved the company in early 15. They spent the past 12 months trying to get customers back into the remaining stores.

The CEO of Hilco, Paul McGowan said in a public statement that there is now an increased interest in CDs and vinyl again.


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London Ahead of NYC As Centre For Theatre

According to the Financial Times, London UK has the biggest theatre audience of any other city in the world.

The British capital’s theatre attendances was  a staggering 22m in the past two years. This is putting the British capital ahead of New York as a centre for theatre in the world. Nick Starr, executive director at the National Theatre, in a public statement: “We think this number shows that we are the [top] world city for theatre.”

According to industry insiders, theatre in London today is enjoying a “golden period”. Theatre in London is now more popular looking at revenue compared to movie theatres and other entertainment venues. With the study however came also warnings about a need for investment in ageing theatre buildings and the prospects for profitability due to falling ticket prices.

More than 3,000 performers and more than 6,500 full-time non-performing staff work in the theatre sector in London today.

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Entertainment Venues & Fire Safety

Fires can often result in tragedies. But when entertainment venues such as as arenas or sports stadiums are involved, a fire may well turn into a major disaster where hundreds of  lives can be at stake.

A Modern Dry Riser System

It is for that reason that fire safety for such venues should deserve our attention. Here in this blog post I want to write about common fire safety measures that are often found installed in commercial venues.

If you happen to be an operator of such a venue as I am, this information may be very valuable for you.

Fire safety regulations may vary depending on your country. On the other hand, those regulations are equally strict in most Western countries, especially when it comes to commercial buildings.

Almost any nations, including the United States, the UK and other European nations have rules in place that must be followed by law.

Dry Riser Systems

For example, in the United Kingdom exists the requirement that all commercial structures that are taller than 18 meters must have a dry riser system.

In essence, a dry riser system is a system of pipes. The dry riser system makes it possible that the fire brigade can distribute water or any other extinguishing agent all throughout a building.

Once the requirement for a dry riser system is met, the building proprietor or owner must also think about regular dry riser testing. This is likewise mandated by law to ensure that the system always works.

The Ansul Fire Suppresseion System is one other fire prevention system that is especially made for commercial venues. In this case, the Ansul is a system for commercial kitchens. It is found in hotels, restaurants and similar venues all over the world.

It is not rare that several of those common fire prevention systems can be found within one structure. For example, it is rather likely that a major arena or hotel may have both, a dry riser system and an Ansul system, together with additional fire prevention systems such as smoke alarms and fire alarm consoles.

Only with modern fire safety technology operators of such venues can ensure their customers the maximum safety and protection in case of a fire!