The P50 service free extinguisher turned more than a few heads on the Safelincs stand at the recent Facilities Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.
Facilities managers who attend the annual event are always looking for innovative ways to cut costs and provide better service for their clients. They didn’t take much persuading to see the benefits and potential savings offered by the P50.
Traditional extinguishers require servicing each year but P50s are constructed using a composite material that will not rust or corrode. This protects the contents and no discharge testing or refills are required for ten years. The expensive annual service by an external engineer is no longer necessary– just a straightforward yearly test that can easily be carried out by an organisation’s in-house staff.
After ten years the P50s can be refilled and used for a further ten years.
Safelincs’ managing director, Harry Dewick-Eisele was at the show and had the opportunity to speak to many facilities managers. “Those with responsibility for large estates could see savings running into thousands of pounds,” he said. “A good number were going back to their offices to weigh up how quickly they could replace their existing appliances and start cutting costs.”
Safelincs has installed 54 service free extinguishers for a Sussex district council in a deal that will save it an estimated £20,000 over the next ten years.
Unlike conventional extinguishers the P50 extinguishers do not require an annual service by an external engineer. They have been designed so that a simple check can be undertaken each year by one of the council’s staff, which is where the savings are made.
P50 extinguishers installed in one of the district council buildings
The kitemarked P50 extinguishers are guaranteed for ten years after which they can be refilled and used for another ten years (most extinguishers need refilling after five years). The inner cylinder of the extinguisher is made from composite plastic which is cocooned by spun Aramid, the material bullet proof vests are made from. The metal elements are either brass or stainless steel which means that they are very strong and will not rust or corrode. All the materials used in the construction of the extinguishers are 100% recyclable.
“Installation and certification by one of the Safelincs engineers was included in the price,” explained John Rodway, safety advisor for the council. “At the same time he demonstrated the straightforward annual checking process and if there is a change of staff, a short video on the Safelincs website runs through the procedure.”
The council has taken mainly foam extinguishers but also has three powder appliances for specialist areas. With no servicing costs for the next ten years it will save in the region of £2,000 annually.
Safelincs’ business year ended 18% up at the end of March against the previous business year. This is the result of significant investment in additional staff and our growth in several key sectors. Increasing our teams, including our web development team in Hull, the number of extinguisher servicing engineers in the London area and the opening of a Business Development office in East London have all been big contributing factors.
Becoming the chosen supplier of fire safety products and services to both the Church of England and the Catholic Church of the UK has resulted in a significant rise in our supply to this sector. Along with this we have been very active in developing our services to the Facilities Management industry.
In addition to all this we have also increased our offering of fire safety products online, both through the acquisition of other fire safety businesses and through additional strategic supplier relationships.