Safelincs Water Mist Extinguishers delivered to protect Ukraine’s historic buildings

Working alongside the ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), Safelincs played a pivotal role in providing and delivering 440 Water Mist Extinguishers to Ukraine. The extinguishers will be used to protect up to 200 historic wooden churches in remote communities across the country.

Ukraine's historic buildings
Water Mist Fire Extinguishers will be used to protect Ukraine’s historic wooden churches

We were approached by the ICOMOS as part of an international effort to preserve Ukraine’s historic monuments in the war-ravaged country.  As part of our support package, we provided the Water Mist Extinguishers at well below cost-price. We also donated accessories and navigated complicated bureaucracy to organise shipping to Poland, which we included free of charge. From there, the Water Mist extinguishers were stored and transported by The Polish Committee for Ukrainian Museums.

Once in Ukraine, the fire extinguishers will be distributed to wooden churches on the UNESCO World Heritage List and other wooden churches of cultural and historical significance. Instructions for use were also translated into Ukrainian and will be distributed alongside the extinguishers.

Ukraine's historic churches
Sosenko fresco inside one of Ukraine’s historic churches
Water Mist Extinguishers
Water Mist extinguishers

Water Mist Extinguishers are ideal for use in this type of heritage building. They contain only de-ionised water dispensed through a supersonic nozzle creating a super fine mist. The water mist is so fine that it appears ‘dry’ and leaves no residue. This minimises potential damage to the fragile painted surfaces, fabrics and objects contained within the churches.

Mel Saunders

Head of Marketing

Mel joined Safelincs in 2020 and leads the content and marketing team.