All homes that have a fuel burning appliance, such as gas powered boilers, heaters, ovens, stoves and open fire places, should have at least one carbon monoxide (CO) alarm. As reported in a recent ITV news article, carbon monoxide kills around 50 people every year in England and Wales. (The NHS website estimates this figure to be even higher at around 60 fatalities each year). The article quotes the UK Fire Services that incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning have risen by 32% over the last five years. Campaigners on the dangers of carbon monoxide state that over 40 million Britons are at risk. But you don’t have to be one of the statistics.
Known as the Silent Killer, carbon monoxide is created from the inefficient burning of gas and solid fuel. Having your appliances properly serviced, maintained and tested is essential to ensure it is properly working, but this is not a guarantee that you will be safe. Faults can and do develop between inspections.
Even if your home is supplied and heated only with electrical appliances there are still risks. Carbon monoxide can seep through seemingly impermeable walls and can enter your home from a faulty appliance of your neighbour as well as from adjoining garages that house vehicles and petrol-fuelled equipment such as lawnmowers.
Carbon monoxide alarms are now more affordable, more reliable and more discreet than ever before. Every one of our CO alarm range is certified to BS EN 50291 Part 1 which defines the standard that CO alarms must be made to for use in the home. We even stock a range that are suitable for camping, caravans and travel when gas cookers and heaters are commonly used (these alarms are certified to BS EN50291-2).
For greater peace of mind an alarm with digital display, like the Kidde 5DCO carbon monoxide alarm, will enable you to see exactly what levels of CO are in your home, so you can check your appliances before CO levels become dangerously high.
For further advice or to discuss our wider range of carbon monoxide alarms, call today on 0800 612 6537.
LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) is a commonly used source of fuel in a caravan for appliances such as cookers, heaters, and fridges. Faulty appliances, extinguished pilot lights and accidentally leaving the gas on, can create a potentially explosive build-up of gas within the close quarters of your caravan.
Honeywell, a market leader in home safety products, offers a solution to keep you and your family safe when on holiday in your caravan. The HF500LPG alarm will detect and alert you to the presence of LPG gas, detecting levels as low as one-tenth of the lower explosive limit and giving you plenty of time to turn off the gas, ventilate your caravan, and fix the problem.
LPG gas is mixed with an odorous substance to make it easily detectable to the average person by smell. However, some people have an impaired sense of smell, and as we grow older, our sense of smell deteriorates. Conditions such as dementia may also affect the detection of this gas. If the gas leak were to occur during the night, it might go undetected for some time, allowing a dangerous build-up to occur without detection. For peace of mind, the HF500LPG alarm is hard-wired into a 240-volt mains supply, common in most modern caravans and also in mobile caravans via electrical hook-up. The HF500LPG alarm has a loud 85dB siren that will ensure the whole family is alerted any time a leak is detected. This alarm is suitable for installation in static caravans, mobile caravans with hook up and your home.
The Honeywell HF500LPG alarm should be installed by a qualified person, such as an electrician. For those who want the ultimate safety, Honeywell also offers a solenoid valve that links to your LPG alarm and will cut off the gas at the bottle upon detection of a leak.
For further help and advice on detecting LPG gas in your caravan or mobile home, please call 0800 612 6537.
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Open spaces such as construction sites, short term events and garage forecourts can be difficult to provide for in terms of safety provisions, especially if you require your extinguishers to be portable or need to relocate them to a new site at a later date. However, if you have employees or members of the public on your site, you have a duty to ensure their safety.
UltraFire offer you the perfect solution for all your fire and health and safety needs; a bespoke mobile extinguisher site stand / safety stand tailor-made to your needs. Site stands are not a new development, but the UltraFire is the first to allow you to choose exactly how yours is configured. Available in a range of bright colours to indicate its purpose – red for fire, green for first aid, yellow for spills kits, blue for PPE – the stand is infinitely variable in its design by letting you choose what kit it contains, what information it displays and any additional alarm features you may need.
Certain information such as fire emergency procedures must be displayed by law. You also need a means of alerting everyone on site in the event of an emergency. Your bespoke stand can display a range of safety information signs and can even include battery powered fire alarms and accident sirens as well as extinguishers and, for example, spill kits to ensure you meet your H&S and legal duties. And being mobile, your stand can simply be wheeled to the next location as your site expands or moves.