Ultrafire ECO Refurb CO2 Fire Extinguishers Save More Than Just Money

The new ECO Range of refurbished co2 fire extinguishers from Ultrafire are the perfect solution for customers looking to protect themselves from class B fires and potential electrical fires without spending a fortune.

Produced in accordance with BAFE (British Approvals for Fire Equipment) the Ultrafire ECO CO2 fire extinguishers are of the highest refurb quality. The principles of refurbished CO2 fire extinguishers provide environmentally friendly results, CO2 being a ‘clean gas’ and recycling the bodies of CO2 cylinders for a second, third and fourth use reduces the manufacturing of new aluminium bodies.

The low cost of the Ultrafire ECO Refurb CO2 Fire Extinguishers is also another very attractive angle on these units, at just £21.00 ex VAT for the 2kg model and £45.00 ex VAT for the 5kg extinguisher.

View our full range of CO2 fire extinguishers to see what extinguisher best suits your requirements!

Camping deaths due to carbon monoxide poisoning

During July and August this year there have been several deaths reported due to carbon monoxide poisoning in tents. One particular tragic death was that of  a 35 year old woman, who was found dead next to her children aged seven and four and her husband. The children and husband were taken to hospital where they were later released, but it was said that they only just escaped with their lives. It is believed that the CO poisoning was due to carbon monoxide fumes entering the tent as a result of the barbecue being moved to the tent entrance to provide some warmth  for the family.

These devastating incidents could be avoided if the dangers of carbon monoxide were more widely known.

This summer the temperatures have not been very high and many campers are finding themselves unusually cold at night in their tents.  As there are no extra blankets available, many campers have started to bring camping BBQs or gas stoves into the tent to warm it up before going to sleep. Campers have also started to bring their BBQs into their tents to continue cooking due to it starting to rain.

Bringing gas or coal fired cooking appliances inside  tents and caravans fills the space quickly with carbon monoxide gas, a byproduct when burning a fossil fuel. The gas then renders the occupants unconscious and death can occur as a result.

Under no circumstances should gas or charcoal appliances be brought in or close to a tent. The carbon monoxide gas can linger inside the tent long after the appliance has been moved away. As the gas is odorless and colourless there is no way to detect if the gas is present. The gas makes the occupant drowsy and once in this state unable to respond to other warning signs such as headaches and nausea.

To read more on these tragic deaths: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2026321/Mother-dies-camping-tragedy-Gyrn-Goch.html

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/9156602.Warning_after_man_dies_in_gas_barbecue_tragedy/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-14051333

 

 

Safelincs now fully mobile

The Safelincs Mobile site on an iPhoneOur website www.safelincs.co.uk is now fully accessible for smart phones such as the iPhone, Android and others. We have created a dedicated mobile version of the site to stop you having to scroll left-right to see the full pages and we have arranged all content in a way that you can see the content that matters most.

You can now browse and purchase over 3000 different fire safety products over your mobile phone. The navigation is easy, the purchase process simple, product reviews are easily accessible and you can always ring us by the click of a button if you have any further questions. We hope that you will enjoy the new mobile site and that it helps to make your purchasing of fire safety products even easier.

Reviewing domestic fire safety in the light of the recent riots

Now that the rioting seems to have come to an end it is worth considering how to be prepared for similar occurrences in the future. Most of the physical damage, excluding the massive damage to lives and communities, was caused by arson attacks and many people were put at risk by being trapped in their houses by fire.
There are a few precautions one can take to avoid being trapped by fire and to reduce the risk from arson.

Make arson attacks more difficult

It is easy for rioters to pour petrol through a letterbox and to throw a match after it. The impact is devastating. The fire races through the house and the main exit is blocked by fire. However, you can protect yourself by installing an anti-arson letterbox. These fire protection bags sit behind the letter slot and normally just catch your mail. However, they also will contain any flammable liquid poured through the letter opening and automatically extinguish any fire in the letterbox with a small automatic extinguisher or intumescent materials built into the anti-arson letterbox.

Stop your soft furnishing catching fire

You can reduce the flammability of curtains, carpets and soft furnishing in entrance areas by treating them with fire retardant spray. These sprays make fabrics less flammable and thus reduce the impact of a fire bomb thrown into a building.

Protect your most valuable documents from fire

Place your most valuable and personal items in a fireproof box. These fireproof boxes are ideal for valuable photos, passports, certificates etc. Special fireproof boxes for electronic data protection will protect your familiy videos and electronically stored data/photos. Some of the boxes are also water tight, which is important in case the fire brigade have to douse the flames with water and foam.

Ensure you have a second route of escape

Do you have a second escape route if the hallway is in flames? Make sure you can open upstairs windows to escape. If they do not open, keep a hammer or a dedicated  emergency escape hammer near the windows. If the fire brigade cannot easily reach an upstairs window, consider a fire escape ladder which can be hooked over a window sill in an emergency.

Don’t suffocate from the smoke

Smoke from house fires is extremely toxic. A few breaths will overwhelm you and render you unconscious. If the house is filled with smoke, crawl along the floor towards the nearest exit.  Wrap a wet cloth over your face if you have to run through smoke or fire, however, you must not breathe in the smoke due to the extreme tocicity! Consider having a fire escape hood in the house. These hoods cover your head and filter the fumes of the fire. This gives you valuable time to escape through smoke.

Make sure you can extinguish small fires yourself

During the riot the fire brigades were stretched by the number of fires. As a result their response time will not have been as fast as usual. Make sure you can tackle small fires yourself by having buckets of water at the ready or equip yourself with fire extinguishers

Make sure you can extinguish a person on fire

Keep a non-flammable blanket or large fire blanket at the ready to wrap around a person or roll the person on the floor to extinguish the flames. Have a bucket of water placed in a suitable place or ensure that you have a water fire extinguisher.

Fire Drill

Ensure that you know how you will escape from your home if a fire blocked the main exit. If you have children talk to them in a calm manner about what to do if there is a fire. If the child is particularly clingy to one parent, get that parent to lead the way out of the building. The child will be more willing to leave the building that way.

Ensure that you have working smoke alarms fitted to alert you to a fire. Make sure you check that they are working on a regular basis and that they are never left without a battery in them.

Care home fire safety ruling

After the recent BBC investigation about London care homes not meeting fire safety regulations there has been an important court ruling that will hopefully change the behavior of care home owners and increase the safety of the residents.

The issue  regarding resident bedroom doors, which must be fitted with self closing fire doors, and the risk of these fire doors being wedged open in an illegal manner was addressed. Fire doors are generally heavy and when fitted with a self closing device very hard for an elderly person to open. In the case of care homes fitting bedroom doors with these devices will restrict the mobility and independence of residents. The fear was that care home owners will then wedge the doors open to allow residents to freely move in and out of their bedrooms. This practice is illegal and the judicial ruling now stipulates that self-closing fire doors must be fitted with a device that will hold the door open and which releases the door when a fire alarm is triggered, allowing the fire door to be closed with the door closer to prevent the spread of fire.

This is ruling is paramount in ensuring the safety of vulnerable residents. The solution to this new ruling need not result in having a new system wired into the premises but can be resolved with wireless devices such as Dorgard or Freedor. Both devices are wireless and can be fitted retrospectively to fire doors without the need of an electrician.

The Dorgard can be fitted to any door with a self closing device and will hold the door open until the fire alarm sounds. At this point the door retainer will lift the plunger and the fire door will close. The Freedor works in a similar way but it acts not only as a door holder but also as a door closer, incorporating the two devices in one. This device can hold the fire door open at any angle required and will then release and close the fire door on the sounding of the fire alarm.

Both fire door retainers have a night time closing feature and have adjustable  sensitivity. As the Dorgard and Freedor are both wireless products they can be fitted by a handy man rather than a costly electrician. The Dorgard has a 5 year warranty, which is only available from Safelincs Ltd.

For more information on fire door retainers and door holders please visit our website https://www.safelincs.co.uk/dorgard-and-other-fire-door-retainers/

More information about the judicial ruling can be found at http://www.cpbsonline.eu/pressrelease/pressrelease.aspx?companyname=Fireco&title=Court+Makes+Important+Care+Home+Fire+Safety+Ruling

Making the change to Fireworld Self-Maintenance extinguishers

We recently introduced britannia’s Fireworld extinguishers, a range of self-maintenance fire extinguishers which do not require external servicing or a refill after five years.

Changing from your current extinguisher cover to the Fireworld extinguishers is easy. Just follow these 2 simple steps:

  1. If you currently have powder extinguishers and foam extinguishers, choose the Fireworld powder or foam extinguishers to replace them. If you have CO2 extinguishers, choose the Fireworld foam extinguishers. Just ensure that the fire rating of the Fireworld extinguishers is at least equal to the fire rating on your existing extinguishers.
    Don’t worry too much, though – Our engineers will survey your premises when they are coming to install the Fireworld extinguishers to make sure that you are adequately covered. They will even certify in writing that the extinguishers installed are correctly installed and offer sufficient cover as well as showing you the self-maintenance checks required. And all of this free of charge.
  2. As the final step, send a letter, fax or email to your insurance with the suggested following text:
    “We would like to notify you with regards to a change in our fire safety provisions. With effect from… our portable fire extinguishers are no longer subject to an annual check by a third party, as we have replaced them with the new EN3 certified Fireworld extinguishers from britannia which will be self-maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. The extinguishers have a warranty of 10 years. We will be carrying out the self-maintenance specified by the manufacturer and will document each self-maintenance in our fire safety logbook”.

That is all. After that just ensure that you carry out regular visual inspections of your extinguishers, as you would have done before the transition and record these inspections in your fire safety log book. And of course carry out the yearly visual inspection as our engineer will have shown you and record again in your log book.

Overview about radio-interlinked smoke alarms

For several years Safelincs has been offering Ei Electronics’ radio-interlinked smoke alarm ranges. Occasionally, we receive requests for a more detailed overview about how the radio-linked smoke alarms are grouped, as there are quite a few different models. Here a brief overview of the different products available:

Radio-interlinked smoke alarms (Ei calls them RadioLINK smoke alarms) can be grouped into battery operated and mains powered models. Both the battery operated smoke alarm series Ei3100RF and Ei600  as well as the mains powered ranges of the Ei140, Ei160 and Ei2110 series offer wireless connection between smoke and heat detectors. The Ei140, 160 and Ei2110 series require a RadioLINK base unit (provided by Safelincs when you order these units) to radio-link the alarms while the battery operated units have the RF (radio frequency) module already integrated into the actual smoke alarm.

The purpose of radio-interlinked alarms is to ensure that when a smoke alarm detects a fire in one part of the building it notifies all the other alarms in the house per radio signal, triggering them to activate their sounders as well, hence notifying the occupiers of the building accross the entire building – and without the need for interconnecting cables.

The RadioLINK technology deployed by Ei Electronics is split into two categories:

1) Basic RadioLINK interconnection (models Ei3100RF as well as Ei140 with radio base): If one alarm goes off, all alarms go off. There is also the possibility to test the alarms with a remote test device and to use manual break points connected also with radio-interlink. However, the customer cannot for example silence or locate sounding alarms remotely. One alarm in such a system can act as a repeater to increase the reach of the network.

2) As above but with Remote Control Functionality (models Ei600 as well as Ei160 and Ei2110 with radio-base). Remote Control Functionality offers the possibility to remote test, hush and locate the alarms. Each smoke alarm unit can also act as a repeater, allowing these systems to cover larger buildings.

All of the above units can be ‘housecoded’, meaning that the smoke alarms will only communicate with alarms from the same group and not with your neighbour’s system. This is achieved through simple housecoding of the units when you install the alarms.

Where is the power-supply coming from?

The radioLINK units have different sources of power-supply:

Ei3100RF series: 9V block batteries, which need to be changed every year

Ei600 series: Sealed longlife batteries which will last the full ten year life of the smoke alarms

Ei140 series: Mains powered (usually from nearest light fitting) plus a 9V block battery as backup. Again, the 9V battery should be replaced every year.

Ei160 series  and Ei2110: Mains powered (usually from nearest light fitting) plus a re-chargeable, longlife lithum battery which will last the full ten year life of the smoke alarm.

 

CO alarm saves life of singer Charlotte Church

After moving into her new home, Welsh singer Charlotte Church began to suffer from frequent headaches. She could not find an explanation for this and it was her grandfather who suggested that the possible cause could be a carbon monoxide leak.

Charlotte Church’s grandfather then installed a carbon monoxide alarm in the home of the singer and her two children, aged 2 and 3 years.

The Carbon Monoxide detector alerted them to the fact that the boiler was faulty and leaking carbon monoxide into the family’s home. This situation could have had fatal consequences, as there is no other way to be alerted to a carbon monoxide leak other than by a CO alarm, as the gas has no odour or colour.

Charlotte Church’s symptoms of headaches and generally feeling unwell are typical for early carbon monoxide poisoning. We offer more information on carbon monoxide.
To read the full story go to: http://music.aol.co.uk/2011/02/09/charlotte-church-gas-leak/

New Dorgard fire door holder sub-site

dorgards are fire door holders that allow doors fitted with door closers to be held open but allowing them to close in the event of the fire alarm sounding. The dorgard is activated when the fire alarm sounds and then releases the door allowing it to close and function as a fire door. Holding doors open during the summer months is particularly important when offices get hot and stuffy.

Occasionally, customers ask for more details with regards to the installation of dorgard fire door holders. To aid with installation tips, setting and maintenance as well as installation video tutorials, we have now launched a new sub-portal dedicated to the dorgard fire door holders.

We are of course always available to answer customer calls as well if you have any further questions.

Fire safety warning relating to the use of essential oils

A warning was issued by Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service after several incidents of fires occurring from the use of essential oils.

When washing fabric soaked with essential oils the oil is not broken down properly at low washing machine temperatures, leaving a residue on towels and linen. The residues can ignite either through the towels being heated when tumble dried or when they get warm while stacked.

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue services have attended blazes in salons and homes where essential oils have been used. They also attended a fire at a beauty room at Swindon College, where extensive damage occured.

To read the full story follow this link http://www.info4fire.com/news-content/full/towel-fires-lead-to-safety-warning