Water mist extinguisher chosen for stately home

The prospect of fire breaking out in a historic building strikes fear into the owner’s heart, since the majority of the structure will be irreplaceable. However, even after an extinguisher has successfully doused the flames there is the risk that the damage from the fire might be exacerbated by the action of any foam or powder that has been employed.
Built in the early seventeenth century, Goldsborough Hall is a private royal stately home, near Harrogate in North Yorkshire, which was saved from dereliction and developers by its current owners in 2005. It now hosts weddings and functions as well as providing luxurious accommodation in five-star suites and rooms.

The building had been equipped with powder-filled fire extinguishers which can be used on class A, B and C type fires and are safe on electrical equipment. However, one of the concerns the owners had was that, in areas of irreplaceable cultural heritage such as the Jacobean library with its oak panelling, any unfortunate fire damage could be compounded by the action of the powder.

Safelincs introduced the owners to water mist extinguishers that employ the latest low-pressure water mist technology. These produce over 22 billion water droplets from only 1 litre of water. They create an ultra-fine mist which has superior fire-fighting capabilities. The unique nozzle creates water droplets that produce a mist that leaves almost no trace and no collateral damage. The extinguishers are capable of tackling almost all common fires including class A, B, C, F type fires as well as fires involving live electrical equipment of up to 1000V. The water mist has a strong cooling effect and creates a “mist curtain” cutting off the oxygen supply. The droplets are so small that they have no adverse reaction on burning liquids and fats, allowing the extinguishers to be used on class B and F fires.

Goldsborough Hall’s owner Mark Oglesby was very impressed when the devices were demonstrated and has installed them in the heritage areas. “We also have them in the kitchen space where the risk of fire is probably the greatest. Even a small fire that is easily put out could be extremely problematic if food became contaminated. With these extinguishers, that would never be a problem.”

Should you have a similar application, please ring 0800 612 6537 or email support@safelincs.co.uk . Our helpful staff will be happy to explain the product further and to find the most cost-efficient solution for you.

Andy Taylor

Andy has been working for Safelincs for many years. He liaises with customers to create case studies and researches more in-depth topics.

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Water mist extinguisher chosen for stately home13th April 2017

Gas BBQ catches fire and goes out of control

bbq-fireMr PC, in London, bought a 4kg UltraFire powder extinguisher from Safelincs back in 2011. He contacted us again a few days ago to tell us how he had used the extinguisher to successfully put out a dangerous BBQ fire. As Safelincs offers free ‘after the fire replacement’ he, of course, asked for his free replacement extinguisher which we have sent him. This service, exclusive to Safelincs, ensures that our customers never hesitate to use their fire fighting equipment and that they are protected again as quickly as possible.

Mr PC had started his almost new gas BBQ (it had only been used once before) at around 5pm and was entertaining his guests when later that night at around 11:30pm the flames of the fire went from ‘controlled’ to ‘uncontrolled’, as the fat at the base of the BBQ caught fire. The lid of the BBQ was immediately shut to starve the fire of oxygen, however, the opposite happened. Drawing air from the holes in the bottom of the BBQ the fire really heated up with flames licking out from underneath the lid.

The gas was turned off but the fat fire still continued. Mr PC evacuated his guests, then fetched his 4kg powder extinguisher from his house and extinguished the fire.

The heat of the fire had been so extensive that the mesh of the BBQ was deformed by the heat!

So, while gas fired BBQs have the advantage of exact control of the heat while everything works as expected, it is still wise to position a gas BBQ away from the house, ensure that fat cannot build up and to have some form of fire fighting means ready.

Overcoming transport damage of fire extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are heavy products and contain elements that can easily be broken or bent in transit (gauges, release-pins and handles), especially if the carrier places the extinguisher on its head or drops the extinguisher. Any dents in the side of an extinguisher could render the extinguisher unserviceable and require a full replacement. Yet some online fire safety companies are sending out fire extinguishers without special protection. In the best case scenario, the customer finds the damage and the extinguishers are collected and replaced at great expense. In the worst case scenario, the customer does not detect the damage and the extinguisher might not operate correctly in an emergency. If for example the release pin is bent, the extinguisher cannot be deployed at all. This is a particularly high risk, if soft, thin release pins are fitted in cheap extinguishers.
To protect its customers from experiencing such transport damage, Safelincs has for many years worked on the packaging and design of its quality extinguisher ranges. All our extinguishers are shipped with the extinguisher heads of the extinguishers being protected by additional packaging material. The outer boxes are also thickened for increased protection.
Both the Gloria and the Ultrafire range of extinguishers are also manufactured with hardened, large diameter pins which prevent the bending of the pin in transit.
Our Ultrafire extinguisher range has been taking the protection to an even higher level since its launch in 2009. A moulded extinguisher head cover encloses the extinguisher head giving the gauge and pin full protection, transferring any transport pressure onto the strong shoulder of the extinguisher body. This additional protection means that the Ultrafire extinguishers are protected whether the extinguisher is transported on its head or dropped during transportation.
Safelincs offers the Ultrafire extinguishers to wholesalers, online retailers and fire safety trade as a solution for traders to reduce their current high costs replacing extinguishers damaged in transit. Trade customers can purchase our extinguishers in the knowledge that our extinguishers are of the highest quality and will arrive in perfect condition at their customers, even in harsh conditions.
And of course our end customers have benefited from receiving our extinguishers without any damage for many years!

Ultrafire fire extinguishers added to Safelincs website

We have introduced a third range of fire extinguishers to our website. Ultrafire fire extinguishers – a range of extinguishers with 5 year warranty used extensively by the extinguisher servicing trade and installed in all industries and sectors in the UK. These fire extinguishers are now available on safelincs.co.uk for the three main types of fire extinguishers:

foam fire extinguishers
powder fire extinguishers
water fire extinguishers

In addition to these extinguishers we also offer the following premium ranges:
Gloria fire extinguishers, designed in Germany and build strongly and to a reliable standard
Safelincs fire extinguishers with 10 Year Warranty and manufactured in the UK

All of these extinguishers are suitable for professional installation in a business environment or residential self-installation.

London fire extinguisher servicing supported by new extinguisher servicing base

To improve flexibility and speed for our customers in London, we are opening a fire extinguisher servicing base on the 1st of February in Woking. The depot will be the base for our extinguisher servicing engineers in the London area and will further reduce response times in case of fire extinguisher emergency servicing and extinguisher installations. The depot will hold most of our various extinguisher ranges such as Safelincs, Ultrafire, Thomas Glover and Gloria fire extinguishers and therefore shorten delivery times for our customers. The head of the new Woking base, Anthony, stated that ‘improved response times will drive our extinguisher servicing business forward. We now offer not only the best prices for extinguishers, installations and servicing – we also can offer rapid response times in one of our key customer markets’