Making Safelincs a greener business has been one of our main initiatives since moving to the new site in December 2017. After investing into energy saving projects, such as the complete roll-out of LED lighting replacing fluorescent and sodium lights, Safelincs have now also made a huge investment into the installation of 1000sqm of solar PV panels, equating to a staggering 146kw of renewable energy.
‘We are very proud to be able to supply the business with our own green electricity.’ said Harry Dewick-Eisele MD, ‘Reducing our carbon footprint is important to us as a company and this is just one of many initiatives we are implementing’.
The solar panels are expected to cover most of Safelincs’ energy needs and will pave the way for future expansion and developments.
Carbon monoxide is deadly and the only way to detect it is with a carbon monoxide alarm. Caroline Toombes found this out on a recent camping trip when she hooked up the generator on her new horse box living accommodation for the first time.
Caroline said ‘we were happily enjoying our evening using the generator as we didn’t have a hook-up. Our carbon monoxide detector went off. It turned out to be fumes from the generator and showed the highest levels’. She went on to say ‘the alarm was a life saver, what if we hadn’t had it’.
It is important to remember that when camping, carbon monoxide is a real threat. If you are sleeping in a tent, caravan, mobile home or horse box living quarters, you are at risk. Not only are internal gas appliances a risk, wind can also blow carbon monoxide fumes into your camping accommodation from outside cooking equipment such as camping stoves and BBQs.
Make sure that you have the correct CO detector for camping, as not all CO detectors are suitable. Ensure that your portable carbon monoxide detector is Kitemarked to BS EN50291-2 (camping / caravans / boats), that way you can have peace of mind whilst enjoying your free time and holidays.
Linkage Community Trust is a registered charity supporting people with learning difficulties and disabilities. The aim of the charity’s Care Service is to support and enable residents to live as independently as possible. For some residents moving around the home can be difficult as heavy fire doors pose a barrier to some disabled residents, restricting where they can go unaided, which in turn reduces their independence. ‘Some of our residents have physical limitations which makes opening the fire doors without assistance really difficult and in some cases, impossible’ said Sophie Tuplin from Linkage Community Trust . This can lead to reduced self-esteeem of residents who would otherwise be independently mobile. Linkage Community Trust needed to find a way to keep the fire doors open, whilst ensuring safety of residents in the event of a fire and also ensuring that they adhere to legislation. Safelincs have worked with Linkage Community Trust to overcome this problem, with Geofire Agrippa Acoustic Fire Door Holders being installed in some of their properties. Fitted to either the top or the bottom of the fire door Agrippa Acoustic Fire Door Holders will hold your fire door open; on sounding of the fire alarm the Agrippa will be activated, releasing the fire door and enabling it to close maintaining safety and preventing the spread of fire.
Sophie Tuplin commented ‘The Agrippa Door Holders are great, they help us balance our responsibilities to keep people safe with our mission to enable individuals to become more confident and live more independently’. Installing the fire door holders has enabled residents to be able to move freely within the home, whilst ensuring that legal obligations, under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, for fire safety of the residents and staff are met.
Signing the “Time To Change” pledge is just one of the many steps that Safelincs have taken to make changes towards how people feel about mental health.
We have trained two Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) and have implemented a confidential system for staff to contact them and ask for support. We have also appointed a Well-Being Team. This team of four staff are planning and implementing activities throughout the year that open up conversations about mental health.
Harry Dewick-Eisele, MD, and Stuart Baxter, Commercial Development Manager, signed the pledge to demonstrate that top management are taking the issue of mental health seriously. Harry Dewick-Eisele said ‘We want talking about mental health and any related issues to be as commonplace as talking about a cold or a broken leg’. All the management team at Safelincs are onboard with this initiative and we have an open door policy and staff can pop in to a manager’s office at any time to talk.
The “Time To Change” website has lots of resources of which we have already used several, such as the Conversation Starter and handouts to get conversations going. We will be engaging staff in a number of activities over the year to ensure that talking about mental health becomes the norm at Safelincs.
Safelincs are proud to announce that we are sponsoring Alford’s Under 10s football team through the forthcoming season. On Saturday the team were officially presented with their new, branded kit. The team have just finished their most successful season yet, winning 13 out of 18 games.
Angie Dewick-Eisele, Safelincs’ HR Manager, said “It was great to see the team play, they really showed talent for the game and great team spirit”. She went on to say “We are proud to be sponsoring the under 10s and we are really looking forward to following the team over the forthcoming season”.
Safelincs were approached by Ollie Willett, Team Manager, earlier in the year with a view to sponsoring the new kit. Ollie said “It is great to have a local company sponsor us. We are really grateful for the support and love our new kit”.
Spreading awareness about carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning among the boating community is important to protect boaters and to save lives. CO is a deadly gas created by incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and wood and boaters are at risk where their fossil fuel appliances don’t burn properly or where CO fumes are blown back into boats. It is not possible to detect this deadly gas with human senses as it does not have any colour, taste or smell.
We are proud to to announce that Safelincs have teamed up with TBS Boats Ltd, one of the UK’s leading boat sellers, in support of their CO initiative and the national awareness campaign boatcosafe.uk.
‘Following a number of cases of CO poisoning on boats in recent years TBS Boats Ltd have decided to launch an initiative to fit a CO alarm to every boat we sell, new and used, free-of-charge, raising awareness with boat owners.’ said Dominic Smulders, Managing Director, TBS Boats Limited. He went on to say ‘We are pleased to be supporting a national awareness campaign with boatcosafe.uk and have partnered with Safelincs, one of the UK’s largest fire safety retailers as one of the initiatives of this campaign.’
Safelincs have designed and printed awareness stickers that will be distributed to boat owners, highlighting the symptoms of CO poisoning, which can often be mistaken for a cold or flu as well as having a bespoke CO boat page on our website.
When East Coast Grafix, a printing company based in Lincolnshire, were replacing some of their fire doors they saw the ideal opportunity to look at how they could improve the movement of their staff within the building.
The main problem the company faced was passing through fire doors when carrying stock from one work area to another. The pull of the normal fire door closers made it difficult to move around the premises. Safelincs’ Agrippa Acoustic Free-Swing door closer gave East Coast Grafix the solution they were looking for. Chris Ashmore from East Coast Grafix said “This product is brilliant.” He went on to say “This is ideal for us as when carrying stacks of paper, the last thing you want is to have to open a spring loaded door and then it trying to close on you.” Staff at East Coast Grafix can now leave the door open at any angle, the fire door now feels and behaves like any other door.
The Agrippa not only gave Chris Ashmore a solution to his problem, it also ensures that he is meeting his legal obligations under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The Agrippa is a battery operated unit that can learn the specific sound of your fire alarm. When there is no alarm the door closer is dormant, causing no resistance to the user. On hearing your fire alarm the closer will activate, automatically closing the fire door, reducing the risk of a fire spreading and protecting the lives of the occupants and the premises. Agrippa Free-Swing door closers are CE Marked and approved to EN 1155 and EN 1154, they are also suitable for installations needing to comply with BS 7BS 7273-4.
With around 62% of all home fires starting in the kitchen we should ask if we give this area of home safety as much thought as we ought to. Given that 50% of these fires are caused by cooking appliances, this question is paramount whether you are a landlord or a home owner.
A new fire safety in the kitchen handbook has been developed, which will give landlords an overview of their obligations in accordance with the current regulations and ways in which you as the landlord can meet these obligations. You will not only be ensuring that you are protecting your tenants, you will be avoiding a heavy fine or indeed a potential custodial sentence.
As well as addressing the requirements landlords need to adhere to, this handbook looks at potential issue home owners may face and gives advice on how to reduce the risk of a fire happening in their home
Between 2008 and 2010 Safelincs delivered over 120,000 carbon monoxide (CO) alarms to residents in the Kirklees area as part of Kirklees council’s Warm Zone project.
The alarms supplied through this initiative will now be around 8 years old and are nearing the end of their sensor life. Safelincs have launched a new campaign to raise residents’ awareness to ensure they are replacing their alarms to stay protected from the dangers of CO poisoning.
Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that has no odour, colour or taste and can only be detected by a carbon monoxide alarm. Shocking new statistics launched by Project Shout, a national CO awareness campaign, reported that a staggering 2500 people, ten times what was previously thought, are treated for the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning in England and Wales per year. Some of these cases will be fatal, with approximately 50 people dying annually.
When carbon monoxide alarms reach the end of their sensor life they become unreliable and you may unknowingly be putting your family in danger. To check if your CO alarm needs to be replaced, look on the back of your alarm, where you will find either the manufacture date or the date of replacement.
If you want to ensure you and your family are protected from this deadly gas, act now and take advantage of our special offer or call our Customer Service Team Freephone 0800 612 6537.