Fires can happen to anyone

A couple, living on Orkney, had a lucky escape from a fire that occurred during the night. The fire, believed to have started from a battery overheating, quickly engulfed the garage that stands just a few meters away from their house.

Mr Hemmings was woken by a loud bang and by the time he made his way to the garage it was already consumed in flames. ‘We had a lucky escape,’ said Mr Hemmings ‘if I hadn’t woken up the fire could very easily have spread to our home.’

How can this risk be reduced? Having a heat alarm installed in your garage will give you an early warning in case of a fire and enable you to act quickly, ensuring that the damage is minimised and lives protected.

Heat alarms are designed to deal with the often dusty environment of garages and the fumes that can occur and will not false alarm like a traditional smoke alarm could in these conditions. Having the alarm interlinked with the alarms in your home will give you an even better chance to act as quickly as possible. If an interlinked alarm in your garage or shed were to activate, it would also activate the alarms in your home.

Having a powder extinguisher close by will enable you to tackle small fires and minimise the damage to your property if it is safe to do so. Powder extinguishers are suitable to tackle the types of fire that occur in a garage, such as petrol fires, electric fires and build up of oily and greasy waste.

If you would like to know more about alarms that are suitable for your garage visit our website or call 0800 612 6537

Geofire Agrippa acoustic fire door holders and closers

Safelincs are pleased to launch Geofire’s Agrippa acoustic fire door holders and free-swing fire door closers, featuring industry leading technology that enables the devices to recognise the specific sound of your fire alarm.

Both devices are designed to improve free movement within a building by keeping fire doors open while closing the doors in the event of a fire to stop the spread of fire and smoke through the building. Here is a short description of their principal function:

agrippa-holderFire Door Holders (also called fire door retainers) are installed on fire doors that have already an overhead fire door closer installed. They hold the fire door open against the pressure of the closer and will release the fire door in case of a fire, allowing it to be closed.

 

agrippa-closerFree-Swing Fire Door Closers are installed instead of normal overhead fire door closers. They exert no closing pressure on the door in normal operation, therefore allowing the fire door to swing freely, just like a normal door. In the event of a fire their function changes to that of a normal door closer, forcing the fire door shut.

Most traditional fire door holders and free-swing door closers are connected to the fire alarm system by wire and receive their signal to close from the fire alarm panel. The Agrippa acoustic technology, however, is triggered by the acoustic sound of your smoke alarm or fire alarm system sirens. This is particularly helpful for premises without a fire alarm system and central panel, or where retrofitting a wired system would be problematic. 

Unlike other acoustic fire door holders and fire door closers, Geofire’s Agrippa devices listen to and then learn and recognise the sound of your particular fire alarm siren or smoke alarm, meaning that they won’t trigger your fire door to close if they hear other loud noises. This ground-breaking technology will therefore reduce the number of false door releases.

Both the Agrippa fire door holders and the Agrippa free-swing door closers are wireless and very easy to install on existing or new fire doors. They are fitted to the top of the door in a discreet way and allow you to keep fire doors open legally and effectively giving you the flexibility you need to allow free movement within the building. They enhance the accessibility for the disabled and improve ventilation.

The Agrippa acoustic door holder retains fire doors in the fully open position. No intermediate positions of the fire door are tolerated. The main Agrippa body, containing the sensors and a strong electromagnet, is fitted on the wall behind the door and a steel plate is fitted to the back of the door which the magnet then holds. On hearing your fire alarm the magnet is switched off and the fire door will be closed shut by the closer fitted to your fire door.

In comparison, the Agrippa free-swing door closer allows you to use your fire door like a normal door, meaning that it swings freely and can be left open in any position. When the device hears your fire alarm the integrated door closer will be triggered and closes the door, stopping the spread of fire and smoke.

Keeping fire doors shut or having a system in place that closes fire doors in case of a fire is a legal requirement . A breach of this requirement can lead to prosecution and even prison sentences.

To place an order or to find out more about our Geofire Agrippa products call 01507 464185 or email support@safelincs.co.uk.