Safelincs launch Orbik UK manufactured emergency lighting

emergency-bulkhead-lightsJanuary 2016 has seen the launch of our new emergency lighting partnership with Orbik Electronics. This exciting new venture enables Safelincs to offer our customers an excellent range of UK manufactured 8W, LED and spotlight emergency light fittings as well as illuminated fire exit signs to suit a variety of applications. Non-maintained products come with a 5 year warranty as standard and each fitting is supplied with a back-up battery, providing illumination for a minimum of 3 hours after a mains power failure.

Orbik started manufacturing emergency lighting control gear in 1982, and since then, have grown from strength to strength. Increasing their luminaire portfolio, Orbik have developed a range of energy saving LED emergency lighting to help reduce the industry’s carbon footprint, and continuously focus on high quality standards, being represented on the technical committees of ICEL, the Lighting Industry Association and the British Standards Institution.

Safelincs are proud to work closely with another quality assured UK manufacturer, and we look forward to developing the emergency lighting range further, with plans to offer Orbik’s BSI Kitemarked emergency luminaires in the future.
Orbik emergency lighting and illuminated exit signs can be purchased online or via our customer services team on 0800 612 6537.

New service-free extinguishers for buses, taxis, boats and other applications

2kglrt-p50Following the great success of the 6 kg/ltr powder and foam P50 service-free extinguishers in working environments as varied as offices, refineries, farms, schools and churches, Britannia has now also launched 2kg powder and 2ltr foam versions of the service-free extinguisher. Like the 6kg/ltr versions, the smaller variant is manufactured with a corrosion-proof inner plastic cylinder cocooned by Aramid fibre to hold the chemicals and pressure. The extinguisher is then finished with an outer UV-proof sleeve and corrosion-free fittings. Like the larger extinguishers, the smaller series is, of course, kitemarked and CE marked and can be factory re-furbished after 10 years. It also features the same industry leading 10 year warranty of the larger P50s.

All service-free extinguishers from Britannia only require a simple, annual visual inspection which is carried out by the owners or their representatives. They do not require any visits by an extinguisher technician and no refill after 5 years.

The extinguishers are aimed at vehicles and locations, where maintenance is difficult or even impossible. The examples below include areas where small extinguishers are common and traditionally serviced:

  • offshore wind farms: Wind turbine housings require small fire extinguishers. The 2 kg/ltr version of the P50 is ideal and is easily visually checked annually by the engineers carrying out the regular mechanical maintenance of the turbines.
  • buses and taxis: the traditional maintenance of small on-board extinguishers is very expensive, as it requires service technicians to be based at bus depots at night time. With the 2kg powder P50, the annual visual inspection is carried out by the depot technicians when engine services are carried out.
  • small boats and narrowboats: The P50 extinguishers are Boat Safety Scheme approved and are ideal in the corrosive environment of rivers and sea water. The 2kg powder extinguisher is ideal for engine compartments, while the 2 ltr foam extinguisher version is perfect in the kitchen and living compartments on boats.
  • farm machinery: diggers, tractors and other machinery require small powder extinguishers. The maintenance of these is challenging, due to the working pattern and remoteness of the machines. The 2kg powder P50 can be installed on the machines and is visually inspected annually by farm staff without the need for any external visits.
  • market stalls: market stall holders are required by their insurance to have small extinguishers with them. Due to the regularly changing location, it is difficult to arrange for service engineers to carry out the maintenance. Again, the small service-free P50 extinguishers are here extremely helpful, as they can be inspected by the stall holder.
  • rented properties: Many landlords provide small fire extinguishers in the kitchen. The problem is then to arrange annual maintenance in daytime when tenants are often working or out of house. The 2ltr P50 foam extinguisher offers here a perfect solution. The landlord or any handyman can visually inspect the extinguisher on repair or inspection visits.
  • hotel rooms: Hotel rooms, especially when containing any cooking facility, often feature a small extinguisher. To avoid disturbance of guests, the 2ltr P50 foam offers a great way forward here. Rather than requiring a service engineer, hotel staff simply carry out the easy annual visual inspection and record the finding in the fire safety logbook of the hotel.

The list of useful and cost-saving applications where you can use these service-free models is endless. Please contact our friendly sales team if you would like to discuss your own requirements and see how much money you could be saving. You can email us on support@safelincs.co.uk or call 0800 612 6537

 

New focus of Fire Kills campaign

fireangel-pro-smoke-alarmIn a continuing drive to remind people to test their smoke alarms, the government agency, Fire Kills, is introducing a brand new style of advertising.

The previous ‘doom and gloom’ approach which focussed on fire related tragedies is being replaced by a more positive tone. The new adverts will feature ‘talking’ smoke alarms being friendly and helpful. Insight had shown that people tend to dislike their smoke alarms – “they only go off when I cook toast” or “the low battery warning goes off at 3am”.

Under the banner ‘Unsung Heroes’, the campaign is a very different approach for Fire Kills as it moves away from fear to imagery that focuses directly on the smoke alarms. It is hoped that presenting smoke alarms as characters that are capable of expressing emotion and creating personalities for them allows people to relate to them.

Fire Kills’ most recent strategy had been to link to the clock change, encouraging people to test their alarms while they move their clocks forward or back an hour – encouraging this behaviour by demonstrating the dreadful consequences that not having working smoke alarms can bring. However, changing clocks is less of a hook as timepieces increasingly change automatically and it was noted that even the weather forecasters do not always remind us now. Hence people need reminding to test their smoke alarms and Fire Kills now wants to promote more regular (monthly) rather than twice-yearly testing.

Radio advertising will be the lead channel and will broadcast on Capital, Heart and Smooth radio networks from 11 January to 7 February 2016. Three press adverts will appear in the Sun, Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Guardian and Daily Telegraph from 11 January 2016 to 6 February 2016.

In addition Fire Kills will be trialling ‘Out of Home’ advertising with this new campaign including some large format digital advertising in seven locations across the country (Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Portsmouth). It will also be supporting the large format digital activity with bus stop posters in pilot areas. These locations will be selected following analysis of campaign awareness levels and casualty data.

Safelincs has been supporting Fire Kills initiative to increase smoke alarm testing for a number of years and offers a free reminder service with tweet or email notifications.

New CO alarm legislation in Scotland for landlords

scottish-flagLandlords in Scotland are preparing for a new law that comes into power from the 1st of December regarding carbon monoxide (CO) detection in rented properties. The legislation is being introduced as part of the ‘repairing standard’ which governs the responsibilities of landlords in relation to basic standards of upkeep and safety.

The detection of carbon monoxide has now joined smoke detection on this list of duties, placing the responsibility for purchasing and installing CO detectors firmly in the hands of landlords. Those failing to provide CO detection are liable for referral to the Private Rented Housing Panel (PRHP) which has the authority to take action against landlords failing to comply.

This development has been welcomed by groups promoting CO safety, as statistics show that those living in privately rented accommodation are up to three times more likely to suffer from CO poisoning that those living in any other housing type.

Carbon monoxide is invisible, odourless and deadly. The only way to reliably detect CO presence is to install CO detectors. It is therefore predicted that the introduction of this law will help landlords to identify and resolve problems with their fuel burning appliances, which otherwise would have gone unnoticed.

FACO9X10Two important factors to note are that the legislation specifies all CO detectors supplied by landlords must feature a sealed, long-life battery, and that there should be a detector sited in every room containing a fuel burning appliance. Therefore it may be necessary to install more than one detector within a property and to replace detectors with changeable batteries already in place to comply with the regulations.

It should, however, be recognised that appliances used solely for the cooking of food are exempt from the legislation, but if a cooking appliance was to be in the same room as a fuel burning heating appliance, then that room would need to be covered by a detector.

A detailed guide to the legislation can be found within our Landlords and Fire Safety help section. However, if you need any assistance in relation to the new CO law, or any other aspect of fire safety, please feel free to contact our customer service team on who will be happy to help you purchase the most suitable products.

Cinema chain installs P50s

empireEmpire Cinemas is one of the latest Safelincs customers to benefit from the minimal maintenance costs of P50 fire extinguishers.

The largest independently-owned cinema chain in the UK, Empire Cinemas has just opened two new cinema complexes at Hemel Hempstead and Catterick Garrison, and was determined that its new cinemas should have the most modern appliances fitted.

Safelincs supplied and installed P50 foam and P50 wet chemical extinguishers in the new cinema complexes as well as the linked restaurants and cafes. The appliances were selected primarily for their low maintenance costs. Unlike conventional extinguishers, P50s do not require an annual service by an external engineer; a simple check can be undertaken each year by one of the cinema’s staff, which is where the savings are made. The kitemarked P50 extinguishers are guaranteed for ten years after which they can be refilled and used for another ten years.

When the fire extinguishers in the all the other cinemas come up for renewal, it is intended to replace them with P50s.

“Safelincs were an easy company to do business with,” commented Steve Clode, Facilities Manager, Empire Cinemas. “The solution they have provided gives us the very latest in fire extinguisher technology, whilst enabling us to achieve significant cost savings over the coming years.”

Bracknell Forest wins heart award

bracknellThe provision of automated external defibrillators (AEDs), supplied by Safelincs, across its region, has helped Berkshire council, Bracknell Forest, win the Public Sector Organisation of the Year Award in the annual Heart Safe Awards.

The council operates a Members Initiative Fund that allows Bracknell Forest councillors to spend up to £15,000, within their wards, supporting local groups and projects that make a difference to their local community. Councillors canvassed local opinion and found there was a requirement for AEDs – devices that can stabilise the heart rhythms of a person having a cardiac arrest. They enable lay responders or bystanders to use them successfully with little or no training.

Safelincs has now installed over 50 of these devices in public areas such as community centres, schools and small retailers – notably those that have a post office counter. These are delivered together with cabinets where required. Such has been the success of the project that a neighbouring council is looking at adopting a similar scheme.

Construction company benefits from strength and versatility of P50

p50-foamBowmer & Kirkland, a very successful UK construction, engineering and development group, is investing in P50 foam extinguishers for the majority of its construction sites.

With more than 100 active sites working across all sectors throughout England, Wales and Scotland, on-site safety is paramount for the Bowmer & Kirkland Group. Every installation has to be equipped with appropriate fire extinguishers. Previously this had meant a mixture of water or AFFF, dry powder or CO2 extinguishers.

Investing in P50 foam extinguishers enables the company to simplify the types of appliances employed whilst still covering all eventualities. P50 foam extinguishers can be utilised on Class A and Class B fires, and are safe for use on live electrical equipment up to 1000 volts at a distance of one metre. This means that on many sites a single type of extinguisher can be employed instead of three.

P50s are constructed from a very strong composite material and are not susceptible to dents, rust or corrosion like standard extinguishers. Models with anti-freeze additives remain operational down to temperatures of -10 °C.

As well as reducing the overall number of extinguishers required, Bowmer & Kirkland now has portable fire fighting equipment that is especially suited to the extreme conditions on some of its sites.

Firework safety

fireworksRoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is campaigning for an increase in awareness of the dangers created by setting off fireworks.

Fireworks look magical but we must remember that they are made from explosives and are therefore dangerous. Even innocent products, such as sparklers, get five times hotter than cooking oil and if you were to put three sparklers together they would generate the same heat as a blowtorch.  A fireworks rocket can reach speeds of up to 150mph; imagine the impact it would have if it were to hit a person at this speed.

The majority of injuries caused by fireworks are to hands, followed by eyes and face. It is important that everyone adheres to the firework code. Educating children and young people in the correct handling of fireworks can prevent injuries from happening, as most injuries happen to under 17 year olds.

To reduce the risk from fireworks, consider the recommendations of the Firework Code:

– Only buy fireworks that comply with BS 7114 British Standard
– Don’t drink alcohol if you’re setting off fireworks
– Keep fireworks in a closed box
– Follow the instructions for each firework
– Stand well back
– Never go near a firework that has been lit – if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode
– Never throw fireworks or put them in your pocket
– Always supervise children around fireworks
– Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
– Never give sparklers to children under five years old
– Keep pets indoors

Burns can scar for life. Make ensure you have a burns kit at the ready should an injury occur. A water mist extinguisher will quickly quench any fire and can even be used on clothing. The microscopic droplets of water from the extinguisher form a cooling mist over the fire and smother the oxygen, extinguishing the fire.

Be safe, Be prepared

Free extinguisher replacements after fire

A Lincolnshire cattle farmer has benefited from Safelincs’ free after-the-fire-replacement policy after suffering a fire in one of his barns.

A fire broke out at night causing extensive damage and destroying the barn before the owners were alerted and able to take any action. Some of the fire fighting equipment in the barn was also damaged in the fire. As soon as we were notified by the customer, Safelincs visited the farm and replaced two fire extinguisher exposed to the heat of the fire, ensuring that the legal obligations of the farm were met and reducing the farmer’s stress and costs in a difficult time.
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Safelincs, as a policy, is replacing any fire safety products purchased from it free of charge if they are used on or damaged by a fire. It is just one of many ways in which Safelincs helps its customers all the way through the life cycle of fire safety products.

Nadine Coyle, Girls Aloud singer, and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

fireangel-digital-co-alarmGood Morning Britain spoke to Nadine Coyle, Girls Aloud singer, about her experience with carbon monoxide poisoning in a bid to raise awareness about this silent killer, which claims over 40 lives a year.

Nadine and her family were suffering from exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide and felt very unwell as well as experiencing some confusion. It was only when a routine check on the gas boiler was carried out, that a crack in the unit was revealed, emitting dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

At the time Nadine did not know about carbon monoxide poisoning and the house she lived in did not have a CO alarm fitted. Now Nadine wants to spread the word and prevent deaths caused by carbon monoxide.

CO is a deadly gas that humans are unable to detect. They only way of knowing if your appliance is faulty and leaking carbon monoxide is to fit a carbon monoxide alarm.

In the UK there are around 40 deaths a year caused by CO poisoning and approximately 4,000 people a year are treated in hospital with carbon monoxide related issues.

Don’t leave detecting carbon monoxide to chance, fit a carbon monoxide alarm today