New arm of Safelincs to focus on the luxury end of fire safety market

henry-wolfe-stainless-steel-fire-extinguishersFollowing strong interest in our range of stainless steel fire extinguishers and accessories such as stainless steel stands by the hospitality market we have created a dedicated business arm specialising in designer fire safety products to satisfy high end customers.

Henry Wolfe offers quality and aesthetic fire safety products and matching hardware for use in hotels, designer offices and other design-focused spaces. The Henry Wolfe team has scoured the market to identify the most inspiring fire safety manufacturers. It has been very pleasing to work with specialist fabricators in the UK, one of which has developed a unique and remarkable fire safety product range for use in designer kitchens for us. We also discovered a number of international manufacturers engaged in the creation of designer fire safety products. The full range will be presented at the Independent Hotel Show at the Olympia Exhibition Center this October.
The range is continuously expanding and the latest products being added include luxury fire and security safes and prestige lighting, which is not only beautiful but also equipped with emergency light functionality.

Contact the Henry Wolfe team to help you protect staff and visitors while maintaining the looks of your design spaces.

Research highlights need for more defibrillators in public places

Despite several campaigns to increase their numbers, the restricted availability of automatic external defibrillators (AED), and poor understanding of how to use them, is contributing to the stubbornly high number of deaths from heart attacks occurring outside hospitals, a recent study suggests. The machines work by giving an electric shock to the heart to restore its rhythm.

The research was carried out in Hampshire by the University of Southampton and South Central Ambulance Service and is published in the online journal Heart. It set out to discover how available external defibrillators are, given the push for their deployment in public places, such as shopping centres and train stations, over the past decade.

During the study period of one year, 673 known PADs (public access defibrillators) were located in 278 Hampshire locations. Researchers found that, out of 1,035 emergency calls, the caller could access a defibrillator in only 44 cases. The caller was actually able to use the defibrillator in only 18 cases, and the report’s authors said that more education was needed to give bystanders the confidence to use the machines, which can save the lives of patients while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

The research highlighted the need for more defibrillators in public places with doctors saying they should be as common as fire extinguishers.

The type of AED is essential when selecting defibrillators suitable for public use where no prior training is likely to be given. Fully automated defibrillators will make the use of the defibrillator as easy as possible. The units not only offer spoken and visual indicators about each step, they also automatically analyse the heart rhythm and will automatically select the correct level of shock for the person with the heart attack.

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Quick thinking and Safelincs save the day

Mercy Ships Land Rover in front of one of Mercy Ships’ hospital shipsIn 2008 Safelincs donated vehicle extinguishers and telescopic ladders to Mercy Ships, a global charity operating a fleet of hospital ships and land-based programmes bringing medical aid and the hope of long term sustainable development to some of the world’s poorest regions.

Extinguishers installed in Land Rover fleet’

Earlier this month one of these extinguishers was dramatically called into action when a fire broke out in one of the Land Rovers operated by the charity in the Congo. Quick thinking by one of the Mercy Ships workers, who was passing the vehicle on its way out of port, allowed the fire to be quickly extinguished. An official from the charity stated that without this prompt action there could have been injury to the patients on board and the vehicle would probably have burnt out.

The source of the fire – the Land Rover’s AC unit“It’s good to know that something we contributed back then has helped save the day,” commented Harry Dewick-Eisele, Managing Director, Safelincs. “The Land Rover is now back in service, but without our donation and one individual’s quick thinking it could have been a different story.”

Fire at National Archives highlights need for document protection

Sentry-SFW123CSB-fire-and-waterproof-safe-1A recent fire at the National Archives in Kew, home to some of the UK’s most important historical documents, was tackled by 20 firefighters. The blaze was caused by two disused water towers at the site in Richmond, South-West London.

The National Archives is the official UK government archive and publisher and holds 11 million historical documents of national importance, some dating back more than 1,000 years. Among its collection are the Domesday Book, parchments, electronic records, photographs, posters, maps and paintings.

Fortunately everyone was evacuated from the building safely and no documents were damaged although the building was closed to the public for a short period for recovery.

This type of incident focuses people’s attention on the importance of preserving key documents and items of irreplaceable value, not just for large national institutions but also for businesses and individuals. For this reason more and more people are looking at ways to preserve such items in the event of a fire.

Safelincs has a range of solutions ranging that start with fireproof document boxes for under £30 and go right up to high capacity fire safes for storing computer media and files.

And, in the light of recent floods we are increasingly being asked for safes that will provide water protection as well. We have a range of fire and waterproof safes for paper documents and digital media that start at under £200. These fireproof safes with water protection have UL certification and have passed submersion testing to ensure their suitability.

Win one year free extinguisher servicing within M25

Safelincs is giving away the chance for ten customers to win their annual extinguisher maintenance completely free of charge for one year. All costs for the year are included, such as site survey, servicing and extended service; even spares, replacement extinguishers and refills are free and there is no requirement whatsoever to continue with the Safelincs extinguisher servicing after the year.

To win the free service year you need to send us a photo of your premises and of one of your extinguishers and tell us how much your servicing did cost you last time. By applying you are giving us permission to report about the ten winners of the competition in another blog.

Conditions:

  1. Your premises are based within the M25 orbital
  2. Your premises can be accessed in office hours
  3. Your fire extinguishers were installed professionally in your premises and have extinguisher service labels on them (They are allowed to be out of date)
  4. The extinguishers belong to you

We will draw the winners on the 12th of March 2014 and will notify them. One of our engineers will then carry out a site survey, carry out all extinguisher servicing including any extended surveys and free replacements and issue you with a new certificate. Any work that is required during the year is also covered by us.

Please send your application to service@safelincs.co.uk