Safelincs provide fire extinguisher servicing for the St Clements Church, Eastcheap, London. This church considers itself to be the church referred to in the nursery rhyme ‘Oranges and Lemons’. The rhyme begins with this church because when the Thames was wider than it is today, the wharf where the citrus fruit cargoes from the Mediterranean were delivered lay just across the street. It is said the church bells pealed when a cargo arrived. The earliest record of the rhyme as it is dates to around 1744.
During summer 2007, Kent Trading Standards (KTS) had reported about a CO alarm, supplied by Proteam UK Ltd, which failed to respond even to high levels of CO gas. The CO alarm was marked as being tested to EN50291 standard and falsely kitemarked. The case went to the Sevenoaks Magistrates Court and three weeks ago a verdict was reached. KTS won its case and Proteam UK Ltd from Kippings Cross was charged with four cases under the General Product Safety Regulations and one for Kitemark infringement. It was fined £65,000 with costs of £5,030.
We see this as an important reminder that critical safety goods such as CO detectors whould only be bought from reliable sources and quality brands.