This month CAPT (Child Accident Prevention Trust) are raising awareness about carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO, a gas that you can not see, smell or taste, can kill and is dubbed the ‘silent killer’.
Safelincs support CAPT in the great work that they do and we are pleased to announce the most recent donation of £554 this quarter. “This is another fantastic result and your generosity is much appreciated by all of us at the charity”, said Katrina Phillips, Chief Executive of the Child Accident Prevention Trust.
To protect your family and help raise funds for CAPT, purchase a FireAngel CO-9X or a CO-9D. A carbon monoxide alarm is the only way to detect CO, giving you the ability to leave your home and call for help. It could save your life.
With homes and flats across London, Hertfordshire and Berkshire, leading Jewish charity Norwood gives adults with learning disabilities the support they need to choose where they live. In each property, housing support is available according to each person’s needs; they can choose between sharing a house with 3-6 people, sharing a flat or living on their own.
Norwood has to ensure that all its properties have adequate measures in place for safeguarding in the case of fire. This includes the provision of fire extinguishers which have to be serviced annually – at considerable cost.
Norwood became aware of the service-free P50 extinguishers which are constructed using a composite material that will not rust or corrode. They do not need servicing, as a simple annual check, which can be carried out by a member of Norwood’s own staff, is all that is required. There is also no refill required after 5 years – P50s only need refilling after 10 years.
Safelincs have so far provided around 100 of the P50 extinguishers (mostly foam) to Norwood and is rolling out a replacement program across most of the properties. Unlike most foam extinguishers, P50s contains a type of foam that is also safe to use on most electrical fires. Therefore they can be used on multiple fire types; the risk of Norwood staff or residents, although trained, using the wrong type of extinguisher, has been eliminated.
Although P50s are slightly more expensive than conventional extinguishers, Norwood benefits from massive savings by not having to call in service engineers each year. After ten years the units can be refurbished and used in exactly the same way for a further ten years.
“Safelincs took care of everything,” explains John Gregory, Facilities Manager at Norwood. “The price includes a site survey, installation, ID sign, a bracket and certification. The engineer also carried out some quick training to show staff how to look after the extinguishers. And if anybody new joins, Safelincs has provided us with DVDs of the inspection process to keep all of our staff informed.”
Several years ago, Safelincs began working with the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), a charity committed to reducing the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents. Given the nature of our business, we felt that this was a very appropriate organisation to work with.
CAPT wanted to raise awareness of the dangers from carbon monoxide (CO) and worked with us to set up a page on its website selling CO alarms sourced through Safelincs.
In addition two of the CO alarms from the range sold on Safelincs’ own website include in the price a donation of £1 to CAPT. Every quarter Safelincs writes a cheque to CAPT based on sales; the most recent donation of £585 being the largest yet.
Harry Dewick-Eisele, managing director, Safelincs, commented: “We have seen a steady rise in the sales of CO alarms over recent months. This may be as a consequence of some of the tragic accidents involving carbon monoxide that have gained national attention – notably the recent court case surrounding the heartbreaking case of two children who died of poisoning whilst on holiday in Corfu. ”
“CAPT does a great job raising awareness of potential hazards for children and young people. We are very pleased to be able to support this charity whilst simultaneously increasing the coverage of carbon monoxide protection.”
Safelincs has won a tender to install a defibrillator in each of a leading charity’s nine UK offices.
A defibrillator is a machine that delivers an electric shock to the heart when someone is having a cardiac arrest. These machines are also known as AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators).
Acting quickly when someone is in cardiac arrest and fighting for their life is crucially important. Around 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the UK every year.
“There are no laws in force in the UK requiring employers to provide defibrillators for their workforce, but we are seeing an increasing interest in them from organisations,” said Stuart Baxter, Business Development Manager at Safelincs.
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, the British Heart Foundation and Resuscitation Council UK all recommend the deployment of defibrillators in the workplace.
Whilst Safelincs is a UK wide operation with international outlets, our headquarters are in Alford, a small market town in Lincolnshire.
Most of our employees live in the area and we believe in maintaining close ties to the local community and supporting civic projects. Our latest venture involves helping a town group, made up of volunteers, to save the local Corn Exchange.
The town council currently has responsibility for the building but there is an annual shortfall between running costs and income. It was therefore seeking to return control to the district authority, which would almost certainly result in it being closed down.
The facility is used by a number of groups and organisations and would be a great loss to the town. The volunteer group is forming a charity and is planning to take on the running of the Corn Exchange. It is raising money with the aim of covering all running costs and decorating and improving the venue to increase its usage and once again make it a paying proposition.
Safelincs fully supports this and has pledged £2,000 each year towards the running costs.
Ben Keaton, one of the trustees of the new charity, commented: “Safelincs’ kind donation has given us a real boost and will go a long way to bridging the current gap between income and expenditure. It has helped us make a good case to the district council who are now looking at selling the building to us for a nominal fee. With the work the volunteers are putting in I am sure we can really turn things around and make the venue a real attraction for many more users.”
Mercy Ships is a global charity, which has operated a fleet of hospital ships and land-based programmes in developing nations since 1978, bringing medical aid and the hope of long term sustainable development to some of the world’s poorest regions.
Mercy Ships is one of our chosen charities. We donated a number of vehicle extinguishers and a number of telescopic ladders to Mercy Ships in 2008, these items were requested to be fitted to a fleet of Landrovers in Liberia. This donation was greatly received.
Today we will be posting a cheque for £114.00 raised through staff contributions. Thank you to all who have contributed to this sum. We will continue to give our support to Mercy Ships and other local charities.
If you would like to learn more about Mercy Ships, please visit their website at www.mercyships.org.uk