New Fire Kills campaign

firekillsTo complement the clock change campaign, which is designed to encourage people to test their smoke alarms at least twice a year, and to increase the frequency of testing, Fire Kills, the UK Government’s Fire Safety Campaign, has recently commenced a new initiative.

Running alongside the clock change campaign will be one that encourages householders test their alarms on the first of every month.

A series of comical video clips have been produced to reinforce the message. The first of these features an acrobatic troupe forming a human pyramid with the person on top testing the alarm.

Fire Kills undertook some research following last year’s March clock change advertising and asked what people believed to be a reasonable testing frequency. The main responses were 41% who said monthly, 24% when the clocks change 20% once or twice a year and 16% weekly.

Whilst the clock change campaign will continue the new monthly activities have been introduced to provide consistency in regular testing that is easily memorable and can be applied throughout the year.
Safelincs is also supporting the message of regular smoke alarm testing by offering a reminder service for smoke alarm testing.

Carbon monoxide likely cause of fishermen’s deaths

boatTwo young fishermen have been found dead on a trawler moored in Whitby Harbour, North Yorkshire. Early reports suggest the men suffered carbon monoxide poisoning, having left an oven ring burning throughout the night to provide heat.

Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas – often dubbed the ‘Silent Killer’ – and can kill quickly if inhaled in high concentrations.

Following a similar incident in April 2013, when  a mother and her 10 year old daughter died on Lake Windermere, MP Barry Sheerman, chairman of the All-party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG), urged boaters to safeguard against the noxious gas by following Boat Safety Scheme advice.

This advice can be found in a booklet Safelincs produced in conjunction with Boat Safety Scheme and CoGDEM  (The Council of Gas Detection and Carbon Monoxide Monitoring).

Printed copies are available free of charge from Safelincs.

Everybody – home owners and caravan owners as well as boat owners – should have a carbon monoxide alarm, but these are not a substitute for the good installation, regular servicing and proper maintenance of fuel burning appliances and engines.

Safelincs fire alarm panel servicing

Fire Alarm PanelSafelincs has for many years carried out fire alarm system installations and servicing. However, whilst we have been able to give online quotes for new wireless fire alarm systems we had not been able to provide simple online quotes for nationwide fire alarm system servicing without prior discussion with the customer and/or site surveys. This challenge has now been mastered and Safelincs can now offer clear pricing for fire alarm system servicing online; the price remains the same wherever our customer is based in the UK and whatever type of system is installed. The price is unaffected by the customer’s location and is calculated from the number of devices connected to the system.

Our service is carried out in accordance with BS5839-1:2013 and covers all tests and certification to comply with the standard. If defects are found, there is a fixed hourly rate to deal with the repairs (should you wish us to carry out the work). Any replacement components are priced at our competitive online sales prices.

We also offer our contract customers an out of hour emergency service to give you advice about silencing a false alarm. Should we be unable to rectify the problem over the phone we will attend the site within 8 hours.

To book our fire alarm system servicing, just fill in our email contact form on our fire alarm servicing page or contact us by telephone. We will then contact you with a service agreement to be signed and returned so that we can arrange the service visit, at the price already stated online.

Extra care called for during firemen’s strike action

Fire services across the country praised citizens who were asked to take extra precautions to stay safe during firefighter strikes that took place over the Christmas and New Year period.

The precautions outlined are those which everybody would do well to heed – strike or no strike! These included not overloading plug sockets (particularly pertinent during the festive period when extra lights are in use), ensuring smoke alarms are fitted on every level of a property and not cooking whilst under the influence of alcohol. Also making sure everything is switched off before going to bed and sharing an escape plan with everyone who is living or staying at the property.

There was also plenty of advice for businesses which again is relevant at all times of the year. These included:

  • Being safety conscious when carrying out checks at closing time
  • Making sure alarm systems are set before leaving
  • Keeping all fire escapes and entrances clear
  • Switching off electrical appliances at the plug when not in use
  • Not storing flammable goods under stairs or in enclosed spaces
  • Keeping smoking areas free of waste and emptying ash trays
  • Keeping all areas tidy and free from clutter
  • Ensuring all staff know what to do in the event of a fire
  • Checking the fire safety risk assessment to ensure everything is covered

The ongoing industrial action is being taken in opposition to the government’s decision to raise firefighters’ retirement age from 55 to 60 and to increase their individual pension contributions.

Graham Stagg, Chief Fire Officer at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Although our crewing levels were significantly impacted, we were able to use our own operationally trained managers and on-call firefighters to crew fire engines during the strike period.

“Whilst our day-to-day services were severely disrupted by the strike, the commitment of our on-call, support and operational managers ensured we were able to fulfil our legal duty to provide a fire and rescue service.”

Helpful overview guides for Defibrillators

Purchasing defibrillators for schools, sports clubs and businesses can be a challenge. What are semi-automatic and fully-automatic defibrillators and which of these are suitable for non-professional staff? When should a defibrillator be applied? What training is required and how do we look after the defibrillators’ maintenance?

To help with these questions we have created a thorough but easy-to-read guide ‘Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) – a guide to their purpose, design and maintenance’.

Some of our customers have also been concerned about their legal obligations once they installed a defibrillator. Could an AED cause harm to a person being resuscitated? Could there be litigation if a defibrillator should be used incorrectly?

Again, we have tried to answer these questions in a helpful and accessible manner. Our guide ‘The use of automated external defibrillators: some health and safety / legal considerations’.

This guide will help you put your concerns in perspective and offers some easy steps of how to minimise any risks.