Order for UNICEF, Senegal

UNICEF, the United Nation’s advocate for children, is represented in 190 countries around the world. They carry out crucial work in eradicating child diseases such as Polio and are trying to stop female genital cutting in countries such as Senegal. Their international representations have of course to be protected against fire risk. This week we supplied a number of Modum fire escape ladders to UNICEF in Senegal to allow safe exit from buildings in an emergency.

Wherever our customers are, we will meet even your most difficult shipping requirements and product requests. We have a dedicated member of staff to organise your international shipments and dangerous goods allowing us to meet your requirements quickly.

Should you have any queries with regards to international shipments, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Which smoke alarm should you choose?

Once you have reached the decision to protect your home and it’s occupants from fire by purchasing smoke alarms  the dilemma begins. Which alarm should you buy and where should you install it?

To help you overcome this dilema we have produced a guide that will help to explain the different types of alarm and the most suitable place to install them. The guide has pictorial clarification as well as written and also an informative installation overview.

The development of this guide is the result of a customer comment on our customer questionnaire. We take all our customers and their comments seriously and strive to improve our services. We respond to our customer comments and let them know how we are going to improve our services as a result of their feedback.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

You can e-mail service@safelincs.co.uk.

Survey Winner for March

Our customer survey winner for March was from Hertfordshire.

Customers are asked to fill out a customer survey questionnaire after purchasing from our website and each month a winner is selected at random. The lucky participant wins £25 worth of ‘Love2Shop’ vouchers.

‘Love2Shop’ is a highstreet gift voucher that is accepted by over 80 leading retailers with 20,000 stores nationwide. Shops include House of Fraser, WH Smith, HMV and New Look.

For your chance to win, simply place an order at www.safelincs.co.uk

Where were the alarms?

A customer of ours had recently moved house. The house had no existing smoke alarms installed, prompting the customer to order a series of interlinking smoke alarms to protect himself and his family. The alarms arrived and our customer decided to put the installation of the alarms off for a few days. After all, fires happen to other people, don’t they?

Over the Easter weekend he had family over and a box containing paper and other objects got placed on top of the electric hob. The hob was accidently turned on and the box smoldered and then ignited. The family were oblivious to the mounting smoke that was filling the kitchen and dining room as the box began to burn. It was only pure chance and luck that the fire was discovered before it began to spread.

This was a small fire but the smell from the smoke penetrated the walls and furniture and is still noticeable weeks after the event. Had our customer installed his smoke alarms when they arrived he would have been alerted to the smoke before it had filled two rooms.

This was a lucky escape; if you have not got working alarms installed in your house you may not be as lucky as he was. Please don’t leave it to chance, a fire can start in any of our homes at any time.

Couple saved by CO alarm

This week, another CO alarm, supplied by Safelincs Ltd on behalf of Kirklees Council, detected a carbon monoxide leak that resulted from a faulty gas fire appliance. The CO alarm began to sound, prompting the occupants to act and call out a service engineer who confirmed the CO in the air.

The gas fire was condemned as it was found to be producing the odourless poisonous gas, which could have rendered the occupants unconscious and potentially could have killed them.

A carbon monoxide leak can cause at first flu like symptoms, tiredness and a general feeling of being unwell. When undetected it can lead to unconsciousness and eventually death.

Benefits of LED Emergency Lighting

Bafe Certified ringtail, Safelincs’ supplier of Emergency Lighting products have developed a full range of LED emergency lights to meet the future requirements for low energy, high efficiency and environmental friendly emergency lights.

There are many advantages associated with LEDs, the main ones being reliability and longevity. A typical high-power LED will realise 10 years maintenance free service when used for 12 hours every day, thus saving the maintenance costs of replacing 20 new filament lamps over the 10 year life span and the environmental cost of their disposal.

In addition, a 9W LED is now brighter than a 35W dichroic and is using 75% less electricity, thus producing a cost saving in electricity consumption of up to £155.00 during its lifetime.

The small dimensions, low power consumption, higher luminous efficacy and low beam temperature of the LED allow many opportunities in design flexibility.

LEDs are the future for emergency lighting requirements. Start saving today and install LED emergency lights

Clamp down on fire safety breaches

In 2009 London courts handed out fines of over £1m to companies, large and small, as well as to individuals due to breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.

These figures show that courts are taking any breaches of this order very seriously. In two cases people were even given jail sentences.

If you are responsible for fire safety in your company, make sure you take it as seriously as the courts, that way you won’t find yourself or your company punished with heavy fines to pay or jail sentences to serve.

For more information on this article go to  http://www.info4fire.com/news-content/full/london-pays-over-%C2%A31m-for-fire-safety-breaches

New French Safelincs Partner

From 1.6.2010 Safelincs in France will be represented by a new French distributor, Epsylone Sarl. Epsylone has over 5 years experience in fire safety products retail in France and  operates several fire safety websites. Epsylone will eventually retail most of Safelincs’ 1500+ different fire safety products through its own websites and retail channels as well as the Safelincs.fr website. The Safelincs.fr website is being re-designed to reflect the changed approach.

Fire Extinguisher Categories

Fire extinguishers come in different types, not all types are suitable for all categories of fires, and in fact most have only one or two applications.  Many people find that when trying to specify types of extinguisher they run into problems.  We often find that without some advice money is wasted on inappropriate fire extinguishers. To help overcome this we have created a short guidance that should help

Firstly let’s have a look at the types of fire.

Class A: Wood, Paper and Textiles

These are substances that will burn to a carbonaceous ash.  The class A risk is usually the first to be considered when installing extinguishers, as this type of risk is the most common.  These fuels might include waste paper, furnishings, and the fabric of a building, for instance doors, floorboards etc.

Class B: Flammable Fluids

Normally hydrocarbons, these include petrol, oil and many types of paints, thinners and solvents.

Class C: Gas

Fires caused by leaking gas, these should never be extinguished by anyone other than a trained fire-fighter.

Class D: Metals

Various metals will burn; these include magnesium, titanium, lithium and aluminium.  If you have these risks you should take advice from your local fire service.

Class E

There is actually no class E, when this is used it normally refers to fires with an electrical complication.  However electricity itself does not burn.

Class F: Cooking Fats and Oils

Essentially commercial deep fat fryers.

Range of Fire Extinguishers

Now we know what we are dealing with, we have a range of extinguishers that can deal with various types of fire.

Water

Water fie extinguishers are only type rated for class A fires and presents risks when used in the vicinity of electrical equipment or on burning oils.

AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foam)

AFFF foam fire extinguisher sare suitable for Class A fires and Class B fires.  It should however be noted that specialist foams are required to deal with alcohols such as ethanol.

CO2

CO2 fire extinguishers are suitable for use on Class B fires and fires with an electrical complication.  Its most typical application is for use on office machinery and IT equipment.  In most cases they are not appropriate as the principle extinguisher type in a building as they are unable to achieve an A class rating.

Powder

Powder fire extinguisher are suitable for use on Classes A B C and electrical fires.  It is a highly effective extinguishant but does present other problems.  It drastically reduces visibility, it can cause choking and respiratory distress in confined spaces.  It causes a great deal of mess and on exposure to atmospheric moisture can become corrosive.

Wet Chemical

This is a type of extinguisher designed specifically for use on deep fat fryers. They are also usually rated for class A and B fires.  An essential piece of equipment where deep fat fryers are used.