August and September have seen two major fire incidents in two hotels, ‘The Swan and Royal Hotel’, Clitheroe and the ‘Grand Burstin Hotel’, Folkestone. In both cases all residents at the hotels and staff were evacuated without any serious consequences.
If you are a hotel or bed and breakfast owner it is your responsibility to ensure that your premises have adequate fire detection and protection. In the case of the Grand Burstin Hotel the alarm was raised by a passerby. Had the member of public not noticed the fire, the outcome could have been very different and casualties could have resulted.
Here are some important questions you need to ask yourself:
Do I have adequate fire detection and do my smoke alarms conform to the correct standard?
Do I have adequate fire extinguisher cover and are they up to date on service?
Have I got adequate means of escape or do I need to install fire escape ladders?
Are my guests aware of the evacuation procedure should the alarm be raised and do I have guests who would require assistance?
By asking yourself these few simple questions and acting on the outcome of the answers, you could be preventing a disaster. The hotel fire at the Grand Burstin was caused due to a guest leaving a tea light lit on top of the TV set unattended. Not something that you can prevent, but had the alarm been raised sooner, the damage due to smoke and flames could have been restricted.
Remember, it is not only the lives of yourself and your guests you are protecting but also your livelihood and home. Unfortunately, the 18th century Swan and Royal Hotel was left wrecked by the fire that occurred there.
Your guests are YOUR responsibility. Safelincs Ltd are here to help you ensure that you have adequate protection. Please call FREEPHONE 0800 612 2946 for assistance.
This week we have launched the Safelincs single fire extinguisher cabinets. These fantastic new models are not only durable and effective (coming with a 5 year warranty) but they are also very economical.
The bright, high-visibility casing makes the unit obvious in fire situations and the large viewing window and fire extinguisher sign make its function clear to users. The single fire extinguisher cabinet has a water resistant rating to IP54 making it suitable for external use as well as internal. The units are designed to hold 6 or 9 litre fire extinguishers.
The Synergy 2 litre ABF foam kitchen fire extinguisher is the long awaited answer to all-round fire safety in the home/small commercial kitchen. With its unique ability to extinguish cooking oil fires as well as class A and B fires, this compact extinguisher is a superb solution for any domestic or small commercial kitchen. In comparison to the traditional 6 litre wet chemical extinguishers used in kitchens, this is a small, inexpensive and more diverse fire extinguisher. It is also suited for general household fires, such as paper, wood, soft furninshing etc.
Safelincs are pleased to announce their BAFE accreditation for the maintenance of portable fire extinguishers.
Safelincs have a nationwide team of BAFE registered fire extinguisher servicing engineers. The BAFE accreditation and the related logo gives customers a visible way of recognising the professional competence of the company and the peace of mind that all service work undertaken by Safelincs is carried out to the same standard anywhere in the country. BAFE is a non-profit making organisation dedicated to improving the standards in fire protection. Companies who achieve BAFE accreditation are able to demonstrate their competence and quality of their service through this third party certification.
Safelincs offer installation, maintenance and commissioning of fire extinguishers without tying companies into a long term service agreement. If you would like to discuss your extinguisher maintenance needs, please do not hesitate to contact Safelincs on 0800 612 4827 or visit www.safelincs.co.uk Safelincs BAFE registration number: 1216