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It’s that time of year where it’s perfectly acceptable to bathe in a bathtub full of beans, watch your teacher get their legs waxed or see your favourite celebrity doing something dangerous on ice. BBC Children in Need reaches a climax on Friday, 19th November after a month of fundraising and campaigns around the UK.

Children in Need helps to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people through grants, projects and campaigns. Millions of lives are affected and improved by donations raised from individuals and organisations each year, as Pudsey the bear and a host of celebrities help us try and beat the previous year’s grand total. This year Children in Need attempts to top the record breaking total of £39 million raised in 2009!

Here at Safelincs we thought about getting into a bathtub of beans or having our legs waxed, but we’re far too busy saving lives with our fire safety products and services to do that, so we have instead decided that we will work with our friends to raise some money. This is where you come in!

We use Twitter to keep in touch with our customers and friends around the world. Starting today, we’ll donate 50p for every new follower we get on Twitter. That’s it! So why not head over to our Twitter page and follow us right now? We are keeping track of how much money we’ve raised on our Children in Need page on our web site.

Where were the alarms?

A customer of ours had recently moved house. The house had no existing smoke alarms installed, prompting the customer to order a series of interlinking smoke alarms to protect himself and his family. The alarms arrived and our customer decided to put the installation of the alarms off for a few days. After all, fires happen to other people, don’t they?

Over the Easter weekend he had family over and a box containing paper and other objects got placed on top of the electric hob. The hob was accidently turned on and the box smoldered and then ignited. The family were oblivious to the mounting smoke that was filling the kitchen and dining room as the box began to burn. It was only pure chance and luck that the fire was discovered before it began to spread.

This was a small fire but the smell from the smoke penetrated the walls and furniture and is still noticeable weeks after the event. Had our customer installed his smoke alarms when they arrived he would have been alerted to the smoke before it had filled two rooms.

This was a lucky escape; if you have not got working alarms installed in your house you may not be as lucky as he was. Please don’t leave it to chance, a fire can start in any of our homes at any time.

Clamp down on fire safety breaches

In 2009 London courts handed out fines of over £1m to companies, large and small, as well as to individuals due to breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.

These figures show that courts are taking any breaches of this order very seriously. In two cases people were even given jail sentences.

If you are responsible for fire safety in your company, make sure you take it as seriously as the courts, that way you won’t find yourself or your company punished with heavy fines to pay or jail sentences to serve.

For more information on this article go to  http://www.info4fire.com/news-content/full/london-pays-over-%C2%A31m-for-fire-safety-breaches

Aico Smoke and CO Alarms installed by 2010 Rotherham Ltd

Ei21ENRC Arm’s Length Management Organisation 2010 Rotherham Ltd is installing Aico Ei261ENRC mains powered Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms into its properties, interconnected with Aico Ei166RC Optical Smoke Alarms.

The alarms are being fitted as part of 2010 Rotherham’s capital programme.  The CO alarms are a new improvement to the tenants’ homes and are being installed in rooms where a solid fuel or an open flued appliances exists.

It was chosen to interconnect the CO and smoke alarms together due to the fact that CO alarms need to be close to the appliance most likely to produce CO fumes – often away from bedrooms – and so there is a danger that an occupant sleeping upstairs may not hear the CO alarm.

By interconnecting with the smoke alarms, all the alarms – CO and smoke – sound.  To ensure the appropriate action is then taken (which differs depending on whether it’s a CO leak or a fire), an Ei1529RC Alarm Control switch has been installed in the main hallway, which has a ‘Locate’ function that can be used to identify the source of the alarm.

Billy Brooks, Electrical Project Manager at 2010 Rotherham, comments on the choice of alarm manufacturer: “We’ve been using Aico smoke alarms for quite a long time.  Aico is one of the manufacturers to supply alarms with Lithium cells instead of batteries (as a back up to the main supply), which solved the problem of the batteries being removed.  They also gave a good guarantee, with 10 years on the Lithium cell and five on the alarm.  These were the reasons why we included Aico products into our specification.

“We started fitting the Aico CO alarms into vulnerable properties, i.e. those with solid fuel and open flued appliances and we have now included it into the specification for our Decent Homes programme.”

The Ei261ENRC CO Alarm from Aico features the latest generation electrochemical type CO sensor which automatically checks CO levels in the environment every 80 seconds.  It comes with high and low level LED indicators with a special pre alarm LED indication for detection of CO at 50ppm and a memory feature which enables the user to tell if CO has been detected during a period of absence.  The alarm also comes with a cost-saving replaceable CO sensor design and quick CO Gas test facility.

Both the Ei261ENRC CO Alarm and the Ei166RC Optical Smoke Alarm benefit from 10 year+ Lithium cell back-up supply, hush button for false alarm control, separate mains and warning LEDs, Easi-fit fixing system for reduced installation time and effort and a comprehensive 5 year guarantee.

All Aico alarms are designed and manufactured in Ireland and meet UK standards and regulations.

New Smoke Alarm System for the Deaf Features Unique RadioLINK Wireless Technology

Aico Ltd has announced the launch of the Ei170RF Alarm system for the deaf, for use with its unique RadioLINK wireless interconnect mains powered smoke and heat alarm system.

For the first time, people requiring the special protection afforded by an Alarm for the deaf can also benefit from all the advantages of a wireless interconnect smoke alarm system. These include greatly reduced disruption to property, increased tenant compliance, greater design flexibility and much reduced installation time. The lack of hard-wired interconnection also makes it easier to add or remove the unit to a property as tenants change.

EI170RF protecting your deat and hard of
hearing guests

The new Ei170RF is a RadioLINK system purpose-designed to provide warning of smoke / heat alarm activation to deaf or hard of hearing tenants. It consists of a control box with integral strobe light and a separate plug-in vibration pad.

The control box itself uses RadioLINK RF technology to interconnect wirelessly to up to 12 other RadioLINK units in the property. It has a built-in high-intensity Xenon strobe with a specially designed lens that provides wide-angled light output. An integral ‘Test’ button is also present on the front of the box, allowing a safe and easy means of testing the control box, the vibrating pad and the RadioLINK bases and alarms on the system. Visual indicators confirm both RF transmission, power and battery status. The control box can be wall or surface mounted to suit individual requirements.

The vibration pad has a simple plug-in connection to the control box and is designed to be placed under a pillow to wake people who fail to respond to the visual warning signal.

The Ei170RF is designed to be powered from a permanent mains supply, but also contains a sealed lead-acid rechargeable battery that will provide essential back-up power in the case of any mains failure.

The Ei170RF features advanced transceiver and signal coding technology coupled with a unique House-Coding feature to ensure robust and reliable RF signalling. This House-Code feature allows a system of RadioLINK devices to be quickly and easily coded together to prevent any interference from neighbouring systems.

The Ei170RF features advanced transceiver and signal coding technology coupled with a unique House-Coding feature to ensure robust and reliable RF signalling. This House-Code feature allows a system of RadioLINK devices to be quickly and easily coded together to prevent any interference from neighbouring systems.

   
 

Carbon Monoxide, a tragic death

After having taken the precaution of having ones chimney swept and boiler serviced you would think that you would be safe from carbon monoxide poisoning. Unfortunately, this was not the case for an elderly retired law lecturer who died from carbon monoxide poisoning the morning after having his coal pellet burning central heating boiler and flue cleaned by a chimney sweep.

What makes this case even more tragic is, that the gentleman’s wife had suffered from chest pains and a bad headache that day and had been admitted to hospital, as she was an angina sufferer. It was later confirmed that she had also been suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. As her husband did not complain of any symptoms at the time, carbon monoxide poisoning was overlooked and he stayed at home. The gentleman was found slumped in a chair in his home the next morning and was declared dead at the scene.

This case highlights how valuable a carbon monoxide alarm can be. If only one had been installed at this home, this senseless death could have been prevented. If you use fossil fuels (gas, oil, coal and wood) within your home, you could be at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning.

The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are headache, sore throat, dizziness and nausea. More severe poisoning can result in confusion, drowsiness and difficulty breathing. Ultimately it leads to coma and death.

Further  information can be found in the Belfast Telegraph

Landlord Imprisoned after Breaching RRO

A landlord has been sent to prison in the first custodial sentence to be given in London under the new fire safety regulations.

A London Landlord was sentenced to four months imprisonment and his company, was fined £21,000 following conviction for serious breaches of the regulatory reform order (RRO).

The prosecution followed a fatal fire at a flat in Tottenham on 16 September 2007. After being removed from the building by firefighters, a man was taken to hospital but died later from his injuries.

Councillor Brian Coleman AM FRSA, Chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority which runs the London Fire Brigade said “This fire resulted in a man dying and highlights why landlords and businesses must take their responsibilities under the regulatory reform order seriously. The London Fire Brigade works hard to bring irresponsible companies and individuals to court, which can as this case has shown result in a custodial sentence.