Fire Alarms what are your responsibilities

Fire Alarm Systems

Directors, do you understand your legal responsibilities when it comes to the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 of the Health and Safety at Work Act? Directors roles and that of employers, employees and the self-employed all have a duty of responsibility to maintain their electrical equipment to prevent danger.

The lives of people in and around your premises are dependent on your fire alarm for the appropriate warning in the event of a fire. However, you can’t tell if your fire alarms are fully operational just by looking at them.

As with any other system, components can fail and compromise the system’s operation, dust or dirt, and other contaminants can cause problems with smoke detectors, and vandalism or refurbishment can damage fire protection equipment.

With regular testing, inspection, and maintenance, you can keep your fire alarm systems that are expected to help protect people, property and assets, at optimum operating performance thus reducing costs by preventing unbudgeted emergency repairs and costly false alarms.

Along with Maintenance and Servicing, Woodward Group’s Fire & Security division can advise businesses of their responsibility to conform to the regulations, and provide consultations on Fires Risk Assessments and Training, offering the latest in Fire Safety Systems and Technology.

We are just one call away at 01283 819379.


Apprentices Brief

Woodward Group is pleased to announce that we have enrolled 4 additional apprentices on the Joint Training Leadership (JTL) apprenticeship programme under the expert guidance of JTL’s Training Officer – Pete Bunting.

It is worthwhile investing in training and personal development of our staff as we believe in the value of lifelong learning and continuous growth.

We, at the Woodward Group, look forward to working with JTL and seeing Tom, Greg, Ben and Brook thriving in their careers.

Welcoming our New Recruits – Nathan & Brett

The Woodward Group would like to take this opportunity for you to share in our joy of beefing up our engineering team by extending a warm welcome to Nathan Cliff, our Contracts Manager and Brett Brazen, our Electrician.

Nathan joins us as a chartered engineer who’s worked at ABB UK for 5 years as Building Services Contract Manager, and is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. We are proud to have Nathan’s wealth of knowledge and expertise in high voltage and mechanical electrical engineering in our group.

Brett Brabben is a fully qualified electrical engineer with over 14 years’ experience in the industry. We are honoured to be working with Brett’s strengths in managing commercial and industrial electrical installation projects as well as inspection and testing.

Nathan and Brett, we wish you successful futures with the Woodward Group.

EICR What Are Your Responsibilities?


Over the last year, there have been a number of instances where company owners and landlords have been prosecuted for not meeting the standards at which the electrical systems and equipment should have been tested and maintained with an Electrical Installation Conditioning Report (EICR).

The purpose of the EICR is to provide the following:

  • Safety of persons and livestock against the effects of electric shock and burns.
  • Protection against damage to property by fire and heat arising from an installation defect.
  • Identification of installation defects and non-compliance with regulations.
  • Confirmation that installation is undamaged or not deteriorated which impairs safety.

The EICR is necessary because all electrical installations, in time, deteriorate due to factors such as damage, wear & tear, corrosion, excessive electrical load, ageing, and environmental influences. Consequently, legislation requires that electrical installations are maintained in a safe condition and should be in compliance with the 17th Edition Regulations BS 7671:2008 (2015) and the Electricity at Work Regulation – 1989

For Woodward Group’s Electrical Division’s professionals to certify installations that conform to all Electricity at Work Regulations and British Standards, there are several points which need consideration:

  • Sufficient circuit identification
  • Engineers reliance on circuit schedules to give reasonable and accurate information (may require out-of-hours work so as not to jeopardise normal business procedures)
  • Tests carried out in conjunction with your staff and on-site client (we minimise inconvenience to the day-to-day running of site and disruption of the installation)

Call us on 01283 819379 to have your EICR certification box ticked off your list.

How to Keep Warm this Winter

Keeping warm this winter

We are now coming up to the 3 coldest months of the year, here are some ideas for this winter.

Ventilation Done Right

  • Install bathroom extraction fans with built-in timers so they can’t be left on by accident.
  • Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans during the winter. If you have heated floors, turn off the ceiling fans.
  • Install baffles/draft blockers on the outside of your bathroom ventilation grills so you don’t have cold air blowing back into the house.

Heat Where You Need It

  • Install programmable thermostats so you never go home to a living room that’s colder than outside. (This can even be done with your smartphone app).
  • Turn the output knob of your storage heaters down at night and store your heat for when you need it in the day.


  • When you finish cooking, leave the stove open slightly to let the home get all that heat.
  • Your pets, partners and family members are mobile heaters. Consider cuddling if it gets really cold.
  • Invest in a small convector heater to add heat only where and when you need it

We Would Like To Hear From You

Leave a comment and share with us at the Woodward Group all your little tips on how to stay warm at winter.

Five of the Most Common Causes of Fire in the Workplace

Five of the Most Common Causes of Fire in the Workplace

Fire is one of the greatest threats to businesses, you can never be too careful when it comes to preventing fire in the workplace. So, what are the most common causes of Fire?

  1. Faulty Electrics
    Loose wires, plugs that are over loaded, and old equipment which are all potential death traps
  2. Flammable & Combustible Materials
    Dangerous hazard to your employees and business
  3. Human Error
    Accidents such as knocking liquid onto electrical equipment, burning food in the kitchen, or spilling flammable and combustible liquids
  4. General Negligence

Proper procedures not being followed or a member of staff undertaking an activity known as a potential fire hazard

  1. Arson
    Factories and industrial estates are particularly prone to vandals and fires can spread quickly from unit to unit if proper fire control features aren’t installed

Did you know that local councils have the authority to close business premises that do not comply with the requirements of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Regulations (2000)?

You’re known as the ‘responsible person’ and required to take fire safety measures in business or other non-domestic premises if you’re an employer, the owner, the landlord, an occupier, or anyone else with control of the premises like building managers. If there’s more than one responsible person, you have to work together to meet your responsibilities.

Call the Woodward Group’s Fire & Safety Division on 01283 819379 if you’d like us to take the weight of responsibility off your shoulders. We help our clients combat fire in the workplace by providing consultations on Fires Risk Assessments and Training offering the latest in Fire Safety Systems and Technology along with Maintenance and Servicing.

Christmas Greetings from our CEO & MD

Merry Christmas

Joint Christmas note from our Chief Executive Officer(CEO) in Thailand and our Managing Director (MD) in England.

This Christmas we would like to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to all our staff, customers and suppliers who have been a part of the Woodward Group’s drive to give back to society.

It has been quite a delightful journey watching our family-run company grow organically and we are so grateful for the loyalty, hard work and commitment from each and every one of our team members.

Thanks to YOU, the Woodward Group has been able to create an indelible impact on the people in both our CEO’s local community in Chonburi, Thailand, and in our MD’s local community in Stapenhill, England.

Join us with our thoughts for those less fortunate during this period.

On behalf of everyone at the Woodward Group, we would like to wish you all the peace, love and joy of Christmas, together with a blessed 2018 filled with good health and purposeful living.

Warm regards

Alan Woodward(CEO) & Aden Woodward(MD)

Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. 
-Thomas S. Monson

Domestic Security Figures and Home Alarms

Burglar Alarms

Home insurer has commissioned a survey on home alarms and found some surprising results.

  • London neighbours crowned most likely to NOT help with 40% saying they’d ultimately do nothing.
  • 33% of us would do nothing to help if a neighbour’s burglar alarm went off and 7% of us would totally ignore the alarm, hoping it stops on its own.
  • 18% of us still don’t secure our premises when going out.

If relying on neighbours to help or even just call the police is pot luck, why not consider upgrading to a smart alarm with a mobile app where the system will send a message to your phone if the alarm goes off. You can also add a CCTV camera system and view a live link with playback capabilities to visually check all is OK at your home or office.

Call Woodward Fire & Security on 01283 819379 for a free consultation and advice on which system suits your needs .

Meet the Team – Gavin Hughes

Gavin Hughes

Hi, My name is Gavin, the longest serving employee at Woodward Electrical Group.

Having served my apprenticeship with Woodward’s, I have enjoyed the range of work over the last 15 years in which I’ve worked my way through different tasks to the position of senior qualified test supervisor, one of the few roles and tasks that I undertake for the group.

Despite evolving massively in the last three years, the Group has still maintained its family-feel which makes me proud and happy to be part of this friendly team.

It’s been a joy watching our local companies grow from our first project with them to where they are now.

I have helped the company get to where we are today by servicing all our customers to the best of my ability, enabling us to get repeat work, and stayed loyal to the business despite counter job offers.

My belief in the management and the company is one of the driving forces of my passion in seeing the business grow.

Gavin Hughes

Woodward Fire & Security CCTV and Mobile App

Mobile Security App

Looking at our main story in this month’s newsletter, CCTV plays a major part in the security of a premise. It provides the evidence of imagery that can be used in helping apprehend a thief or in our client’s case, a hit and run driver.

Invest in a Smart CCTV and Alarm System including our proven and invaluable Mobile App that really does work and provide peace of mind.

If you have security measures already installed, make sure you have them serviced and monitored by an accredited and professional company like Woodward Fire & Security.

We offer a personal, professional and friendly service from initial consultation and design right through to installation and aftercare.

All systems provided and installed by Woodward Fire & Security incorporate the latest technology and comply with British and European Standards BS4737 and BSEN5013.

We ensure the level of safety and equipment quality for all our CCTV Systems and meet SAIBB (Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board) and industry standards.

As Woodward Fire & Security division has undergone the strict certification and thorough audits and assessments of our products, installations and services, SSAIB demonstrates the high standards that we set ourselves and what we achieve.

CCTV has seen some notable developments in the last few years and when choosing a system, you’ll notice a lot of talk about the differences between analogue and IP cameras.

Both types of cameras work well in either personal or business security scenarios. An analogue camera feeds your security images directly to a television, VCR or DVD player. An IP, or network camera, feeds security images and sends those images via data network cable (LAN) to anywhere on the network or server.

Our mobile app will happily work on both Analogue and IP CCTV Systems provide you with the ability to view CCTV footage on your mobile device from anywhere in the world!

There is no ‘one size fits all’ when selecting either an analogue or IP CCTV system, it really depends on the specific needs and priority of your requirements.

Woodward Fire & Security’s CCTV and alarm systems use the most-up-to-date technology enabling a smooth installation and simplicity of use.

Our Fire & Security engineers provide thorough training programmes for you and your staff on the operation and functions of your new system. Our post installation services include performing regularly scheduled maintenance which keeps your system working at an optimum level.

To book your free consultation or find out more about our CCTV, Mobile App and Security products, please call 01283 819379 or email us on [email protected]