The end of the line for the Ei151

ei151Have you been searching online for an Ei151 Ionisation smoke alarm?

Unfortunately, one of the most cost effective and reliable mains powered smoke alarms on the market, the Ei151, has recently been discontinued by manufacturers Ei Electronics. This sadly also means that the revolutionary ‘Easichange’ system conceived and introduced by Safelincs in partnership with Ei Electronics is no longer available for Ei151’s.

We do, however, have great news for those looking to extend the life of an existing Ei150 series alarm system. The Ei154 (heat sensor) and Ei156 (optical sensor) models are still available, and are compatible with the connector block and base plate for your existing Ei151 smoke alarm. This means it is possible to purchase an optical smoke alarm (Ei156) as a replacement for your expired ionisation smoke alarms (Ei151). This can be particularly useful if one alarm from a system including several devices reaches the end of its 10 year lifespan ahead of the other devices.

Although the Ei156 can, as stated above, be used as a replacement for your expired Ei151 alarm you should note that there is already limited stock of the Ei156 alarm, which is also being discontinued by Ei Electronics.  In this case an excellent solution to replace old Ei150 series alarms are the Ei140 and Ei160 series. Ei Electronics have confirmed that the three smoke alarm families will smoothly communicate with each other over your existing wiring system. You need to keep in mind, though, that the old Ei150 series connector plug will have to be removed and the cable ends will need to be inserted into the new alarms, for this action you will require the services of an electrician.

The Ei140 and Ei160, series whilst being compatible with the wiring system that you already have, does have a different baseplate footprint than your old Ei151 alarms. You can overcome this by using the masking plate, which covers up the marks that may be visible from the previous alarm and will reduce drafts and dust.

Please note: A heat sensor is not an appropriate replacement for a smoke detector. Heat sensors are designed exclusively for installation in kitchens and garages.

If you need to replace an Ei151 Ionisation smoke alarm but are unsure of your options, contact us on 0800 612 6537 or via support@safelincs.co.uk. We make the replacement of existing smoke alarms as painless as possible and are committed to help you find the best value outcome – whether that is a direct replacement, or a cost effective alternative.

Lincolnshire garage tackle engine fire

Fire in Lincolnshire Based GarageBusinesses often think that a fire won’t happen to them. A Lincolnshire based garage, however, had taken prudent precautions and had asked Safelincs to install powder fire extinguishers in its workshop. These suddenly became very important when a vehicle that was being worked on suddenly started to smoke and the engine caught fire.

The fast thinking of the mechanics ensured that the fire was quickly and efficiently extinguished, preventing excessive damage to the vehicle and also to their premises. To ensure the garage was seamlessly protected Safelincs instantly replaced the extinguishers used to fight the engine fire free of charge. Safelincs replaces any fire safety equipment damaged or used in a fire for free as part of its commitment to protect its customers.

A rapid recovery after a fire is essential for customers and having new fire fighting equipment in place straight after the fire is part of a larger picture. Using fire extinguishers which cause a minimum of clean-up after the fire is extinguished also helps to recover quickly from a fire. Safelincs can advise customers on the best extinguisher options in each industry, drawing from a huge range of extinguishers and years of experience. We offer traditional fire fighting extinguishers as well as clean ranges that hardly leave any residue, for example dry water mist extinguishers, suitable for a large area of applications.

Businesses should ensure that they have completed a risk assessment to identify the fire risks associated with their business and install the appropriate fire detection and fire fire fighting equipment based on these findings.  Carrying out a fire risk assessment is a legal requirement for businesses.

For more information about our services call 0800 612 6537

P50 Extinguisher Saves Truck From Fire

Lorries in YardA global company, leading in the field of infrastructure operations and maintenance, with offices in Retford as well as across the UK and globally, had a narrow escape when one of their vehicles broke out in flames.

The company had P50 foam extinguishers installed and were able to act quickly in order to put out the flames that were caused due to a hydraulic oil leak. The operative at the plant said “the fire extinguisher used (a P50 foam) very quickly brought the fire under control and extinguished it” he went on to say that the fire was “potentially a serious fire that could’ve resulted in the total loss of that truck”.

The P50 extinguisher is a service-free extinguisher which can save companies up to £300 per extinguisher. This extinguisher will be replaced free of charge under our exclusive free replacement guarantee. We replace any fire safety equipment that has been damaged by or used to extinguish a fire.

For more information how installing P50 extinguishers can save you money, call 0800 612 6537 or visit http://www.safelincs.co.uk/britannia/

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 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

Outdoor Fire Safety

As summer finally seems to be upon us, Fire Kills, the Government department dedicated to improving fire safety, has made ‘Outdoor Fire Safety’ the theme for June. As an official Fire Kills sponsor, Safelincs is helping to spread the message.

barbecueBarbecues

Safety initiatives over the years have meant that actual fires caused by barbecues are uncommon. However, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), almost 2,000 people attend A&E units each year having had an accident involving a barbecue. Some of the accidents lead to very serious burns, usually as a result of using an accelerant such as petrol to light the fuel. The number of accidents usually increases if we have a hot summer.

Messages from Fire Kills that the fire service are being asked to communicate to the public include:
• Don’t drink too much alcohol if in charge of the barbecue (or any cooking!).
• Make sure the barbecue is well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste.
• Never leave a barbecue or any cooking unattended.
• Never use a barbecue indoors; fumes from barbecues include the deadly gas carbon monoxide
• Keep a bucket of water, sand or the garden hose nearby for emergencies.
• Follow the safety instructions provided with disposable barbecues.
• Never use petrol or paraffin to start or revive a barbecue; use only recognised lighters or starter fuels on coal.
• Empty ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they’re hot, they can melt the plastic and start a fire.

Camping

A few basic precautions are advised that will reduce the risk of fires starting and spreading:
• Never use candles in or near a tent – torches are safer.
• Don’t smoke inside a tent.
• Place the cooking area well away from the tent and clear of anything that could catch fire easily such as long, dry grass
• Set up tents at least six metres apart and away from parked cars.
• Keep cooking area clear of items that catch fire easily, including long, dry grass and in a place where they can’t easily be knocked over.
• Keep matches, lighters, flammable liquids and gas cylinders out of the reach of children.
• Have an escape plan and be prepared to cut your way out of your tent if there is a fire.

IT SHOULD BE PARTICULARLY STRESSED THAT BARBECUES SHOULD NEVER BE BROUGHT INSIDE A TENT. THEY EMIT DEADLY CARBON DIOXIDE FUMES (EVEN MORE WHEN THEY ARE COOLING DOWN). FATALITIES HAVE OCCURRED IN THE PAST.

Boat Safety

Fire safety on inland and coastal boats and pleasure crafts is also an issue. Fires can spread quickly on a boat, even on water. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and detectors should be installed as a matter of course. Additional messages when living on board include:
• Maintaining a boat’s fuel, gas and electrical systems on a regular basis.
• Setting up an emergency plan with everyone on board before setting out.

Caravans

Having working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in a caravan is just as important as having them at home. Additional messages for those staying in caravans include:
• Ensure caravans and tents are at least six metres apart and away from parked cars.
• If smoking, use metal ashtrays – and never smoke in bed.
• Don’t leave children alone inside.
• Don’t block air vents
• Turn off all appliances before leaving the caravan or going to bed.
• Never use a cooker or heater whilst the caravan is moving.

The Countryside

Every year, fire destroys thousands of acres of countryside and wildlife habitats. Some fires are started deliberately, but most are due to carelessness. Dry ground in the summer means there’s an added risk of a fire starting. A few simple precautions will help reduce incidents.
• Extinguish cigarettes properly and never throw cigarette ends out of car windows.
• Avoid using open fires in the countryside.
• Don’t leave bottles or glass in woodland – sunlight shining through glass can start fires
• Only use barbecues in a suitable and safe area and never leave them unattended.
• If a fire is spotted in the countryside, report it to the fire and rescue service immediately.
• Don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water – leave the area as quickly as possible.

 

Safelincs wishes its customers a happy and safe summer!

Customers help to raise a further £674 for CAPT

safelincs-capt-donationFor every CO9X and CO9D  FireAngel Carbon monoxide alarm sold Safelincs donate £1 to CAPT (Child Accident Prevention Trust). In the last quarter we are happy to announce that we have raised a fantastic £674 towards the great work CAPT do.

Katrina Phillips, Chief Executive of the Child Accident Prevention Trust, said: “Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that can kill in minutes, and children are particularly vulnerable. But you can’t see it, taste it or smell it. So you need a CO alarm to warn you that it’s there. This donation from Safelincs is extremely welcome in helping CAPT raise awareness of CO risks with parents. Thank you for your generosity.”

CAPT are running their annual Child Safety Week between 6-12 June this year. Their message this year is “Turn off technology!”

Keeping property guardians safe

home-safety-kitRising rents are forcing many people in the UK to consider other options – such as becoming property guardians. They move into abandoned homes, maybe for a month, maybe for years. From the owner’s point of view, an occupied building is less likely to be burgled or destroyed; the guardians obtain low-cost accommodation.

Safelincs works with a property management company that specialises in bringing together owners and potential guardians. There are thousands of empty properties in the UK, including flats, houses, churches, libraries and offices. They may be empty for many reasons – waiting to be sold, waiting for planning permission, or needing to be looked after while the owners are overseas. The property management company puts these buildings back into use, helping both the property owner and people looking for short term, low-cost accommodation.

For some time, Safelincs has been providing bespoke fire safety equipment kits which the company issued to its live-in guardians. These consisted of a fire blanket, a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit, smoke alarms, a CO alarm, a wind-up torch and a bespoke fire action sign. The company recently decided to take its fire safety provisions to an even higher level and approached Safelincs to work out a solution.

Risk assessments are now carried out on all properties where guardians are being installed. This assessment identifies the fire safety equipment required for each individual property. Safelincs then supplies the appropriate fire safety services and equipment including fire extinguishers, appropriate signage, smoke and CO alarms (usually radio-interlinked), door closers, fire door accessories and other fire safety equipment. By working with Safelincs, the company is able to create a more bespoke fire safety plan for each property.

Safelincs provide sensible and practical advice for the safety equipment required at each location. Its role has become more that of a strategic partner than simply a supplier.

Fire Kills campaign moved between government departments

fire-kills-leaflet>In 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.”