Carbon monoxide awareness campaign on buses

dominic-rodgers-trust-logoSafelincs are proud to support the Dominic Rodgers Trust in their Christmas campaign, launching on December 12th 2016, to increase the awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning. The initiative that is being run through First buses across Huddersfield, Halifax and Leeds will see a special promotion on the back of their tickets, reaching 1.5 million people.

Dominic Rodgers was 10 years old when he died in 2004 from carbon monoxide that seeped through his bedroom wall from a neighbour’s faulty appliance. His mum, Stacey Rodgers, has been campaigning tirelessly since the tragic accident to raise awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide (CO) has no smell, colour or taste and can only be detected by a CO alarm. As the symptoms of CO poisoning mimic those of flue, headache, dizziness and feeling nauseous, this campaign is very timely. The campaign offers travellers on First buses a 10% discount on a FireAngel carbon monoxide alarm.

Read more information about carbon monoxide poisoning.

Setting new standards for health and safety

VattenfallVattenfall is one of Europe’s largest generators of renewable electricity. 100 per cent owned by the Swedish state it operates wind power turbines in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.

Vattenfall is keen to set new standards regarding the Health and Safety in all of its locations for employees and also for contractors and visitors who may attend these sites.

In the UK this commitment has been demonstrated by the company taking the initiative to provide automated external defibrillator (AED) units in each of its site buildings and to provide units in lifting bags which technicians can lift up into the turbine nacelles when undertaking significant work. The aim of providing these AEDs is that anyone on site should have significantly faster access to life-saving equipment should they need it.

Zoll AED PlusSafelincs has supplied Zoll AED Plus defibrillators to Vattenfall, a life-saving piece of equipment which not only delivers a controlled shock to save a patient from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) but provides CPR feedback and instructions to the first aider. The help feature gives audible and visual prompts for the rate and depth of chest compressions being administered during rescue. This AED is a semi-automatic device which can be used by minimally-trained members of staff.

Bournemouth University cuts extinguisher maintenance costs

bournemouth-universitySafelincs has installed several hundred P50 service-free extinguishers at Bournemouth University’s campus in Poole. The new appliances replace units that required annual servicing by an external maintenance company. P50s are corrosion-proof and do not require maintenance by an extinguisher engineer or a discharge test over their entire 10 year lifespan. Instead, they only require an annual visual inspection which can be carried out by the university’s staff.

After 10 years the extinguishers can be factory-refurbished for another decade of service-free life. (At the end of their life they are recyclable). Manufactured in the UK, the extinguishers are Kitemarked by BSI to EN3.

Included in the purchase price of the extinguishers is a site survey, the installation and certification of the P50s and a concise training session for the staff members that will be carrying out the annual visual inspection. Brackets and signage are, of course, also included.

“Whilst the P50s are more expensive than standard extinguishers, significant savings will be made due to us not having to bring in external engineers,” explained Rick White, Maintenance Services Manager at Bournemouth University.

“The annual check is very straightforward and can be undertaken by our own people. All the administrative hassles of booking external maintenance are a thing of the past.”

If your organisation would like to benefit from this cost saving solution, please contact Safelincs on 0800 612 6537 or email support@safelincs.co.uk and we will advise you about the best solution for your organisation.

Care home residents give Agrippa seal of approval

agrippa-closerResidents at the Westwood Care Home have given the Agrippa free-swing fire door closers their approval, as they provide the option to have their fire doors partially open leaving them feeling less shut off from the rest of the home, whilst retaining some privacy. The Agrippa door closer allows a fire door to be used just like a normal door without the resistance usually associated with fire door closers. However, the moment the closer ‘hears’ a fire alarm, it changes its operating mode and turns into a traditional door closer, closing the fire door to stop the spread of fire and smoke.

Based in an Edwardian Town House in Chorley, Westwood Residential Care Home has chosen to have the wire-free fire door closers installed onto resident’s doors.

Stephanie Crane, Director at Westwood said: “We were searching for an alternative solution to our existing door holders as they were damaging the carpets in the home. The residents at the care home needed a solution to make their doors light and easy to move, whilst closing in the event of a fire.”

Westwood offers a personalised 24-hour quality care service for up to twenty people over the age of 65, delivered by a highly-trained and well experienced team of staff.

The Agrippa fire door closer is a battery powered device providing a safe and legal solution to holding open and closing fire doors. The door closer is discreetly installed at the top of the fire door providing restriction-free movement to make the door light and easy to move.

The closer complies with the Building Regulations Approved Document M Section 3.10 Parts K & L, which state that fire doors should self-close when activated by the fire alarm, when the power supply fails or by a hand-operated switch.

The closer is part of the Agrippa suite of products, which also includes an acoustically triggered fire door holder and pillow fire alarm.

Safelincs fundraising for CAPT

CAPT Child Accident Prevention TrustThis month CAPT (Child Accident Prevention Trust) are raising awareness about carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO, a gas that you can not see, smell or taste, can kill and is dubbed the ‘silent killer’.

Safelincs support CAPT in the great work that they do and we are pleased to announce the most recent donation of £554 this quarter. “This is another fantastic result and your generosity is much appreciated by all of us at the charity”, said Katrina Phillips, Chief Executive of the Child Accident Prevention Trust.

To protect your family and help raise funds for CAPT, purchase a FireAngel CO-9X or a CO-9D. A carbon monoxide alarm is the only way to detect CO, giving you the ability to leave your home and call for help. It could save your life.

Which? alert consumers of dangerous carbon monoxide alarms

Which?Which?, the largest consumer body in the UK, has released a damning report highlighting 10 dangerous carbon monoxide (CO) alarms that were available for sale on Amazon.

These alarms failed the independent tests performed by Which? and did not sound in over a third of tests where CO was present. Carbon monoxide alarms are the only way that you can detect this poisonous gas as it has no odour, taste or colour.  If you have bought one of these alarms your family may be in danger.

When purchasing a carbon monoxide alarm be aware that the seller may be claiming that their alarm meets EU safety standard EN 50291 for carbon monoxide alarms, however these claims may be untrue. All of the faulty alarms tested by Which? did indeed claim to be produced to this standard, however Which? believes this to be a false claim. Not only that, these alarms also gave customers installation instructions that could have left them in a dangerous situation without protection in the right place.

What can you do? If you have purchased a CO alarm through Amazon, check that the model is from a reputable brand. FireAngel, First Alert and Kidde are longstanding brands within the fire industry and you can rest assured that the alarms sold by these manufacturers meet all the necessary regulations and will give you peace of mind.

 

 

Legally holding fire doors open can improve mental health of the elderly

Dorgard in Care HomesCare homes have a legal obligation to make sure that they adhere to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, ensuring the safety of their residents and to prevent the spread of fire. One of the measures that care homes must implement is the compartmentalisation of areas, installing fire doors to prevent a fire from raging through a building, trapping vulnerable people inside.

Fire doors, however, are heavy and fitted with an automatic closing device to ensure that the door is closed should a fire break out. Whilst an absolute necessity in ensuring that vulnerable residents are protected from a fire, fire doors can pose a hindrance when it comes to the mobility of residents, which can in turn impact on the mental wellbeing and general health of individuals. The Mental Health Foundation state in their booklet ‘How to look after mental health in later life‘ that physical activity and exercise can boost self-esteem and confidence as well as promote good sleep.

Research and studies have shown that promoting mobility of the elderly and facilitating their control over the decisions they make have a positive impact on their self-esteem, which in turn can influence mental health as well as general health. Something as simple as improving the independent mobility of residents within the care setting can have a big impact. With the number of people over the age of 85 doubling in the last three years (Making health care systems fit ageing population) promoting the physical and mental wellbeing of our ageing population is a must. How then can care homes achieve this and still adhere to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005?

Installing a fire door retainer, such as the Dorgard or Freedor, on a fire door will ensure that the heavy and cumbersome fire door is held open allowing free movement of residents. Dorgard and Freedor listen for the sound of the fire alarm and on hearing the alarm, the unit will activate enabling the fire door to close, ensuring that the spread of fire is hindered as far as possible.

The Dorgard is fitted to the bottom of the fire door and works in tandem with your fire door closer.  The rubber foot is pushed down on to the floor, keeping the door open at any angle. In the event of a fire the Dorgard will react to the sound of the fire alarm and automatically lift the rubber foot. The door closer fitted to the top of the door can then do its job and close the fire door firmly into the door frame, compartmentalising the area.

Freedor is a wireless free-swing door closer. This device, in essence, takes the weight out of your fire door, enabling the fire door to stand open at any angle and react in the way a standard door does when pushed. There is no need to install a door closer along with this unit. On hearing the sound of the alarm system, the Freedor will switch on its integrated door closer and shut the fire door.

Fitting Dorgards or Freedors to your fire doors is of great benefit to both caring staff and residents. Enquire today and make that change.

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 or email support@safelincs.co.uk.

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 our dedicated Britannia P50 page.