Fire Kills campaign moved between government departments

fire-kills-leafletIn January this year the Government announced that responsibility for fire and rescue policy would move from the Department for Communities and Local Government to the Home Office.

Included in this move is the Fire Kills fire safety campaign with which Safelincs has been partnered since 2009. Fire Kills is responsible for the promotion of fire prevention strategies in conjunction with the country’s fire services. Notably, it has continuously run a campaign to encourage people to test their smoke alarms on a regular basis. Safelincs support this with its free smoke alarm reminder service and a range of printed posters and leaflets jointly created with Fire Kills.

The reason for the move is the government’s manifesto commitment to deliver greater joint working between the police and the fire service. It is believed that this will pave the way for improvement in local fire fighting and policing by providing clear leadership, supporting greater collaboration and delivering value for money for taxpayers. It should also allow the government to share good practice more effectively in areas such as procurement and prevention.

For Fire Kills staff it will be a virtual move; they will remain in their offices in Victoria, London but will have new telephone numbers and email addresses now that they have come under the Home Office umbrella.

Safelincs will continue to support Fire Kills by campaigning to increase awareness about the dangers of fire and by publicising prevention initiatives.

 

Tailored extinguisher service

hotelProviding a discreet and tailored extinguisher servicing contract to some of London’s most expensive luxury apartments was no challenge to Safelincs.

The facilities management team tasked with arranging the annual service of their stylish stainless steel fire extinguishers that reflect the sophisticated character of the building needed a company who could carry out the task discreetly and ‘invisibly’.  Due to the exclusive nature of the apartments and the expectations of the owners, high standards and professionalism were a must.

After listening to the needs of our client we drew up a plan to undertake all servicing from our vehicle parked in the underground car park below the main building. Water containers were brought along to refill the water based extinguishers and waste water tanks on the van were used for storing the redundant extinguishing liquids for later environmentally responsible disposal.

As well as carrying out the annual service of the stainless steel fire extinguishers in the communal areas of the building we also installed P50 service-free extinguishers in the operations areas, where the distinguished owners do not venture. The P50 extinguisher does not require an annual service by a trained extinguisher engineer and has an initial life span of 10 years, saving costs for the FM company.

All the servicing work was carried out without any inconvenience to the residents of the building. In fact they didn’t even notice it was going on. The Director of Engineering for the building commented: “Your technicians were excellent, a real credit and I would have no hesitation in recommending Safelincs in the future.”

 

Can children use defibrillators?

children-giving-cprWe are frequently asked by our customers at what age a child can effectively use a defibrillator without supervision. After carrying out some research and interviewing a number of specialists, as well as reading relevant studies we created an easy to understand article which gives some reasonable recommendations. While children as young as 11 to 12 can use a modern defibrillator, a child is usually around 13 to 14 years old before they can provide efficient CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Read the full article.

If you have any question about defibrillators or require replacement electrodes, just call 0800 612 6537 and our friendly staff will be happy to help.

Charity benefits from switching to service-free extinguishers

p50-foam-and-powderWith homes and flats across London, Hertfordshire and Berkshire, leading Jewish charity Norwood gives adults with learning disabilities the support they need to choose where they live. In each property, housing support is available according to each person’s needs; they can choose between sharing a house with 3-6 people, sharing a flat or living on their own.

Norwood has to ensure that all its properties have adequate measures in place for safeguarding in the case of fire. This includes the provision of fire extinguishers which have to be serviced annually – at considerable cost.

Norwood became aware of the service-free P50 extinguishers which are constructed using a composite material that will not rust or corrode. They do not need servicing, as a simple annual check, which can be carried out by a member of Norwood’s own staff, is all that is required. There is also no refill required after 5 years – P50s only need refilling after 10 years.

Safelincs have so far provided around 100 of the P50 extinguishers (mostly foam) to Norwood and is rolling out a replacement program across most of the properties. Unlike most foam extinguishers, P50s contains a type of foam that is also safe to use on most electrical fires. Therefore they can be used on multiple fire types; the risk of Norwood staff or residents, although trained, using the wrong type of extinguisher, has been eliminated.

Although P50s are slightly more expensive than conventional extinguishers, Norwood benefits from massive savings by not having to call in service engineers each year. After ten years the units can be refurbished and used in exactly the same way for a further ten years.

“Safelincs took care of everything,” explains John Gregory, Facilities Manager at Norwood. “The price includes a site survey, installation, ID sign, a bracket and certification. The engineer also carried out some quick training to show staff how to look after the extinguishers. And if anybody new joins, Safelincs has provided us with DVDs of the inspection process to keep all of our staff informed.”