Invitation to FM companies to our stand at the Facilities Show

Safelincs and Britannia, the manufacturer of the P50 maintenance-free fire extinguisher are exhibiting together at the Facilities Show at the NEC. From the 15th to the 17th of May, we welcome all visitors to our stand P23 Hall 2, where we will be presenting the P50 fire extinguishers. See the Kevlar core of the extinguisher with the ultraviolet protection cylinder and the stainless and brass components. The world’s first maintenance-free extinguisher with 10 year guarantee! No refill after five years is required and the extinguisher can be visually inspected by general maintenance staff. These extinguishers offer large savings to Facilities Management companies. We are happy to work out savings that can be achieved for your FM company by installing our P50 fire extinguishers. See you at the show!

Break the triangle, kill the fire

The fire triangle is made up of three elements: fuel, oxygen and heat. Removing any one of these elements will stop the fire. Fire protection equipment will help you and your staff break the triangle. However, fire safety training will be essential to learn how to do this safely.

Most fire extinguishers and fire blankets deprive the fire of oxygen by either covering it or dispersing the oxygen near the fire. Foam and water extinguishers will also cool the fire, extinguishing it in the process. Fire extinguishers are important in stopping a small fire from spreading. However, fire should only be tackled if staff are trained in the use of fire extinguishers and are confident in what they are doing.

Preventing a fire from starting in the first place is always the best form of fire safety. Encourage staff to keep an eye out for potential causes of fire, such as faulty electrical equipment or hazardous materials, and use flammable liquid storage cabinets to work towards removing the ‘fuel’ element of the famous fire triangle.

The Importance of Fire Door Closers

Fire safety equipment is essential for homes and businesses alike to first detect the fire and then to safely evacuate the building and minimise the damage caused by the fire. The best known fire safety products are familiar pieces of equipment such as fire extinguishers and smoke alarms, however, fire doors also play an important role in stopping the spread of fire. When closed, fire doors will stop the spread of smoke and flames for a significant amount of time (usually 30 minutes), helping people inside the building to evacuate safely.

In order for fire doors to function properly, they should remain closed when the door is not in use. As obvious as this sounds, in a busy office building it can be difficult to ensure that fire doors are being closed. Therefore automatic fire door closers are installed to ensure that, after a door is opened, it naturally returns to a closed position where it can offer the maximum fire safety.

Door closers work by using the energy built-up when opening the door, to close it. There are a number of different types of fire door closers, some of which are even concealed within the doors themselves. Some also have additional features that can enable the doors to be held safely in an open position to allow easier access for people with disabilities. This is particularly useful in buildings where there is a lot of foot traffic. In the case of a fire, the fire alarm will trigger these hold-open devices and allow the door closer to close the door.

Fire door closers are selected by closing strength which relates to the weight of the door. Door closers on fire doors, must have a minimum power size of EN3. The configuration of the door closers will also depend on the design of the door (inward/outward closing) etc. If in doubt contact our friendly customer support line.

Landlord fire safety obligations

Just like employers, landlords have certain obligations when it comes to fire safety and protection in their properties. However, it is not as simple as ensuring there are a couple of fire extinguishers to hand – fire safety largely depends on the potential risks and the different types of buildings can cause confusion. For example, a building that is used for a single tenancy will differ to one which is shared across commercial and residential lettings.

Legislation requires that landlords carry out fire risk assessments in all common areas of properties. This process will identify any fire hazards and who is at risk and decide if anything can be done to minimise or remove that risk.

Smoke detectors must be installed, and in larger properties this must be a mains-operated smoke alarm. However, who is responsible for testing the alarm (and replacing batteries where applicable) may depend from the type of property and must be clearly advised and documented, especially if it is the tenant. In a building with multiple tenants, it will also be necessary to clearly signpost escape routes through signs and emergency lighting, and to ensure that there are enough escape routes to allow all tenants to evacuate. If there aren’t enough natural escape routes, you may need to install fire escape ladders.

You should also provide fire extinguishers or fire blankets, particularly in cooking areas. We would recommend that you install extinguishers with a broad application and that are simple to use, such as dry water mist extinguishers.