Nursing home holds doors open for residents with Dorgard SmartSound

Newhaven Residential Home, a medium-sized Lincolnshire residential facility offering accommodation for up to 25 residents, has recently installed Dorgard SmartSound fire door retainers.

The home wanted to increase the independence of its residents and found that one of the biggest challenges for residents was opening bedroom doors. The weight of a fire door, coupled with a strong door closer, meant that residents couldn’t open them unaided or leave them partly open. The home had already installed fire door retainers on other fire doors throughout the home, connecting communal areas and after feeling the benefit of these wanted to address bedroom doors to further increase the independence of its residents.

Newhaven Residential Home, Lincolnshire

Sharon Evans, Care Manager at Newhaven, said ‘sometimes residents who need to stay in their rooms when they are unwell can feel isolated if their bedroom door is always closed.’ she went on to say that ‘having the flexibility to have a bedroom door partially open means that they can see people passing along the corridor, which makes them feel happier.’

Dorgard SmartSound fire door retainers ensure that residential and nursing homes can meet the requirements set out in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order while also promoting the independent mobility of residents. They are CE marked and conform to BS 7273-4:2015 Category B. These fire door retainers use SmartSound technology to listen for the fire alarm sounding. On detecting the fire alarm the device will automatically lift the plunger, allowing the fire door to swing closed.

Dorgard SmartSound
  • Legal means of holding open fire doors
  • Complies with BS EN 1155 & BS EN 1634
  • Features SmartSound listening technology
  • FREE extended 5 year warranty
  • FREE shipping
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£110.00 ex VAT
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Angie Dewick-Eisele

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Marketing Manager

Angie has been our marketing manager since joining in 2002. She also has a keen interest in H&S issues.

Why is carbon monoxide dangerous? Advice to students

As a student, it may be the very first time that you are living away from home and you will have just settled into your new accommodation. Many things may be on your mind and the safety of your new room may not be one of them; after all, isn’t that covered by the landlord? While landlords have the full responsibility to ensure that the rooms they rent out are fully compliant, news articles would suggest that this is not always the case and that some landlords are failing to meet their responsibilities.

It is always worth checking that the basics have been ticked off; are smoke alarms and fire extinguishers installed, in date and serviced? What about carbon monoxide? what do you know about this gas and do you need protection from it? Knowing about the dangers of carbon monoxide could save your life.

What is Carbon monoxide (CO) and how will it affect you?

Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that when breathed in will attach to your red blood cells, reducing the amount of oxygen that is carried around your body. Low levels of CO over a long period can have devastating effects on your health, such as causing damage to nerves and brain as well as affecting your heart. Being exposed to high levels of CO can cause sudden unconsciousness and death.

What do you need to look out for?

University students should ensure that they know the signs and symptoms of CO poisoning, it could save their life.

You can’t see, smell or taste carbon monoxide and that is why the only way to know if this poisonous gas is present is to install a carbon monoxide detector. Having a detector that will give an audible signal if CO is present means you will get alerted even when asleep.

The symptoms of CO poisoning are very similar to flu (and hangovers!) and as such a CO leak may go undetected. The main symptoms are persistent headaches, dizziness, nausea/vomiting, stomach pains, difficulty breathing, tiredness, confusion, and sudden collapse. If your symptoms get better when you leave your accommodation and go outside that is another indicator that CO may be causing your symptoms.

How can you protect yourself?

As a student, you are most likely living in either University accommodation or a privately rented room in a shared house. Check to see if your accommodation has a carbon monoxide alarm installed. This is important if you have appliances that use fuels such as gas, oil, and wood as CO is produced from the incomplete burning of fossil fuels. If you use a fuel appliance, such as a cooker or fire, and don’t have a CO alarm fitted ask your landlord or University accommodation department to install one. It is their legal duty to provide a CO alarm for you if there is fuel used within the building.

Do you need a CO detector if you don’t have any fuel burning appliances?

Yes, it is recommended that even if you don’t have any fossil fuel appliances in your accommodation that you have at least one CO detector fitted. Carbon monoxide can seep through walls and as such you are at risk of CO poisoning from your neighbour.

Is there anything else you should look out for?

You should check that all your appliances, such as cookers, fires, and boilers are serviced every year. This is the responsibility of your landlord and a legal requirement. Ask to see the annual certificates or reports if you can’t see an in-date sticker on the appliance. If your landlord can’t produce them then insist that the service is carried out again.

In between the annual service or checks keep your eyes open for any telltale signs that the appliance isn’t working properly. These may include soot marks around the appliance, excessive condensation in the room, lazy yellow or orange coloured flames instead of a bright blue one. If you notice any of these signs inform your landlord immediately and ask for the appliance to be checked.

What do you do if carbon monoxide is detected?

If you suspect that carbon monoxide is leaking into your accommodation the first thing to do is open doors and windows to let in fresh air and ventilate the room. Turn off the appliance if safe to do so and contact the emergency services:

Gas Emergency Services (24 hours) 0800 111 999

Solid Fuel Advice Line 01773 835400

Oil (OFTEC) 01473 626298

Ambulance 999

For more information and advice on how to stay safe visit: https://www.carbonmonoxideinfo.co.uk/

*All telephone numbers were correct at time of publishing

Where can you buy a carbon monoxide alarm?

There is a wide range of carbon monoxide alarms available for different budgets, with optional features such as sealed lithium batteries that last the full lifespan of the sensor or digital screens that show the current and peak level of CO measured in the air.

Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Digital Display - Kidde 5DCO
  • FREE delivery
  • Product Life: 10 years
  • Battery: AA batteries included
  • Warranty: 7 year warranty
  • Displays CO levels from 10ppm
  • Peak Level Memory - recalls highest CO levels
  • CE Marked
  • Kitemarked to BS EN 50291-1:2010
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Angie Dewick-Eisele

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Marketing Manager

Angie has been our marketing manager since joining in 2002. She also has a keen interest in H&S issues.

Double Awards for Safelincs

Safelincs receiving Employer of the Year 2019 East Lindsey Business Award

Safelincs Ltd have been named Employer of the Year and been given a second award for Excellence in Customer Service in the ELBA 2019 business awards. These two awards are testimony to the great team at Safelincs. Harry Dewick-Eisele, MD, said ‘We are incredibly proud of our team and these two awards are down to our great team work and ethical business practices’. He went on to say ‘we believe our success is in selecting the right staff from the start, giving them a comprehensive induction period and then involving them in all aspects of the business’.

 

Safelincs receiving Excellence in Customer Service 2019 East Lindsey Business Award

These two awards follow continued growth for the company, bucking the trend by growing 30% year on year for the last four years. Ensuring that staff are well trained, have a voice within the company and are empowered to provide the best customer service are all contributing factors for Safelincs’ success. With a product range of over 6000 products Safelincs can offer comprehensive fire safety solutions to customers of all sizes and work with organisations such as Eton College, Empire Cinema, the NHS, as well as schools, colleges and universities.

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Marketing Manager

Angie has been our marketing manager since joining in 2002. She also has a keen interest in H&S issues.

How are fire doors rated?

Fire doors are given ratings which relate to the length of time the doors will give protection against a fire breaking through the door. Typial ratings for fire doors look like this: FD30, FD30s, etc. FD stands for fire door, and the number stands for the minutes of protection the door is certified for,  in this instance 30 minutes protection. The ‘s’ after the number rating indicates that the fire door has not only intumescent fire door seals but also brushes to prevent the spread of cold smoke.

Fire doors form an essential part of your fire protection plan, slowing down and compartmentalising a fire. As such, you must get the right fire door in the right place; after all, it could save lives.

If you would like to gain a deeper understanding of fire door ratings, read our article ‘Fire Door Ratings: FD30 or FD60?‘ to find out more. Alternatively our online fire door configurator will guide you seamlessly through the process of purchasing a fire door.

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Marketing Manager

Angie has been our marketing manager since joining in 2002. She also has a keen interest in H&S issues.

Gas Safety Week 2019 – How aware are you of the dangers from carbon monoxide?

How aware are you of the dangers poorly maintained gas appliances pose to you and your loved ones? This year Gas Safety Week (16th – 22nd September) has a particular focus around the most vulnerable of us, ensuring that everybody is aware of the importance of gas safety and looking at ways to protect every member of our society.

Badly maintained gas appliances can have a devastating effect, causing fires, explosions, gas leaks, and carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly gas that is produced from poorly combusted gas and it can kill within a few breaths. There are no warning signs, you can’t see, smell or taste it! The only way to detect CO is with a carbon monoxide alarm.

Do you know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?

With over 50 deaths from CO poisoning every year in the UK and thousands of recorded cases of CO poisoning it is important to know what to look out for.

There are 8 symptoms to be aware of:

Having persistent dull headaches and tension type headaches.

Persistent Headaches

Having waves of dizziness or feeling light headed and off balance.

Dizziness

Feeling like you need to be sick (nausea) and actually being sick (vomiting)

Nausea / Vomiting

Pains in your stomach or lower abdomen, sometimes accompanied by diarrhoea.

Stomach Pains

Sudden shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (dyspnoea)

Difficulty Breathing

Having no energy or feeling tired, sleepy, lethargic and sluggish.

Tiredness

Sudden collapse, seizures or loss of consciousness.

Sudden Collapse

Confusion, difficulty concentrating and becoming easily irritated.

Confusion

If you, or someone you know, has any of these symptoms, which improve when they leave the house, the chances are that carbon monoxide is present in their home.

What to do if you suspect there is a carbon monoxide leak

If you think there is carbon monoxide leaking into your home you should:

  • Open doors and windows to let fresh air in and turn off your gas appliances before leaving the building
  • Call your gas provider or a Gas Safe Registered Engineer
  • Inform your neighbours, CO can penetrate walls and seep into adjoining properties
  • Seek medical advice
  • DO NOT ENTER your property until you have been told it is safe to do so
  • Install a CO alarm for an early warning signal that the deadly gas is present

How to stay safe

Ensure that gas appliances are well maintained and checked at least once a year by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer. Once you had an appliance serviced it is important to regularly check that it continues to work correctly, for example, gas cooker nozzles may become partially blocked by food, causing the gas not to burn correctly. If you notice any of the following signs, then your gas appliance may not be working correctly.

  • Dull yellow or orange flames
  • Black marks on your appliance or on walls near them
  • A pilot light that frequently goes out
  • Higher than normal amounts of condensation in the room where the appliance is

While thinking about your own gas appliances and how safe they are, have you thought about checking the safety of elderly relatives, too? With deterioration in eyesight and an increased chance of having a disease that affects memory, such as dementia, elderly people are particularly vulnerable. Gas cookers and gas fires can accidentally be left on and an elderly person may not notice that their gas appliance has an orange flame.

Fit a carbon monoxide alarm for peace of mind. The alarm will sound and give early warning sign that CO is present, enabling early evacuation and repair of appliances. Alarms such as the Kidde 5DCO have a digital display, which will display the CO concentration even if there are only very low levels of CO, giving you advanced warning of CO before the levels become dangerously high. If the CO gas levels rise to a dangerous level, the 5DCO will sound the full alarm.

If you would like further advice please call our customer care team on 0800 612 6537.

Gas Emergency Services: 0800 111 999

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Marketing Manager

Angie has been our marketing manager since joining in 2002. She also has a keen interest in H&S issues.

Do I need a Carbon Monoxide alarm?

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.

See our full range of CO alarms

Our full range of CO alarms covers every need for every home

John Reetham

John Reetham

Product Administrator

John is one of our product administrators. He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to fire extinguishers and evacuation equipment.

How to detect Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in Caravans

Honeywell LPG Flammable Gas Alarm HF500LPG

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.

John Reetham

John Reetham

Product Administrator

John is one of our product administrators. He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to fire extinguishers and evacuation equipment.

Extended opening hours welcomed by our customers

Our customers lead busy lifestyles and need flexibility when they buy their fire safety products and that is why we have now extended our opening hours. Safelincs are open seven days a week, weekdays 8am to 10pm and weekends 8:30am to 5pm. You can call our experienced and friendly sales team or use our online chat system at a time that is convenient for you.

Harry Dewick-Eisele, MD said ‘Safelincs always listens to its customers and it was through our customers’ feedback that we started to look at extending our opening hours. We want to offer a service that suits their needs; being available seven days a week gives our customers more opportunity to ask for information and advice and find a solution to their fire safety needs.’

No matter when you call, our team will help you resolve your fire safety needs with speed and efficiency. Call our Customer Care Team on 0800 612 6537.

 

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Angie Dewick-Eisele

Marketing Manager

Angie has been our marketing manager since joining in 2002. She also has a keen interest in H&S issues.

Bespoke Extinguisher Site Stands & Safety Stands

Bespoke Safety Site StandsOpen 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.

Get in touch to tailor-make your site stand

Get in touch to tailor-make your site stand

John Reetham

John Reetham

Product Administrator

John is one of our product administrators. He has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to fire extinguishers and evacuation equipment.

Safelincs introduces the new range of UltraFire Smoke and Heat Alarms

UltraFire Smoke and Heat AlarmsSafelincs are happy to announce the introduction of a new range of smoke and heat alarms. The new UltraFire battery-powered devices feature radio-frequency (RF) interlinking, which allows them to communicate without the need of wiring, making the installation quick and easy.

With the alarms “talking to each other” you will be alerted of an alarm activating through all connected units in the system going off: a fire detected in the kitchen by the heat alarm will alert you in your bedroom by sounding the smoke alarm installed there.

The digital “house-coding” process is simple to perform and prevents interference from other radio and electronic devices in the vicinity. Safelincs staff have been trained to further assist customers, offering to pre-connect alarms prior to dispatch, meaning that customers can simply fit the units upon delivery and then test that the units can all “communicate”, making the installation fast and efficient.

The new range includes a battery-operated heat alarm, suitable for kitchens, garages and loft areas, along with an optical smoke alarm designed for use in hallways, living rooms, on landings and in bedrooms, etc.

We work closely with industry leading manufacturers and designers in fire safety in order to offer customers the best products on the market. Our UltraFire range of quality products, such as fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, site alarms, extinguisher stands, extinguisher cabinets and mobile site points is backed by years of experience and customer feedback. It is supported by our exceptional customer service and long warranties.

Order your UltraFire RF smoke and heat alarms online or call our friendly customer service team on 0800 612 6537.