Lincolnshire garage tackle engine fire

Fire in Lincolnshire Based GarageBusinesses often think that a fire won’t happen to them. A Lincolnshire based garage, however, had taken prudent precautions and had asked Safelincs to install powder fire extinguishers in its workshop. These suddenly became very important when a vehicle that was being worked on suddenly started to smoke and the engine caught fire.

The fast thinking of the mechanics ensured that the fire was quickly and efficiently extinguished, preventing excessive damage to the vehicle and also to their premises. To ensure the garage was seamlessly protected Safelincs instantly replaced the extinguishers used to fight the engine fire free of charge. Safelincs replaces any fire safety equipment damaged or used in a fire for free as part of its commitment to protect its customers.

A rapid recovery after a fire is essential for customers and having new fire fighting equipment in place straight after the fire is part of a larger picture. Using fire extinguishers which cause a minimum of clean-up after the fire is extinguished also helps to recover quickly from a fire. Safelincs can advise customers on the best extinguisher options in each industry, drawing from a huge range of extinguishers and years of experience. We offer traditional fire fighting extinguishers as well as clean ranges that hardly leave any residue, for example dry water mist extinguishers, suitable for a large area of applications.

Businesses should ensure that they have completed a risk assessment to identify the fire risks associated with their business and install the appropriate fire detection and fire fire fighting equipment based on these findings.  Carrying out a fire risk assessment is a legal requirement for businesses.

For more information about our services call 0800 612 6537 or email support@safelincs.co.uk.

How to keep candlelight processions safe?

With Christmas fast approaching many churches are planning traditional Christingle celebrations and candlelight processions. Children and adults will decorate oranges with red ribbons and dried fruit ready for the parade and lighting of the central candle.

It is a nostalgic and humbling sight seeing the Christingle procession, reminding us what Christmas is truly about. With this, though, comes the headache of the fire safety assessment. How to prevent injury should clothing accidentally become ignited by the naked flame of the candles. Many rely on fire blankets to wrap around the person and rolling the person on the floor to smother the flames. Clothing is often still made of highly flammable materials that catch fire quickly. Whilst using a fire blanket is of course the most traditional form of dealing with a clothing fire it is  not the most effective way to extinguish a person’s clothing.

A water mist fire extinguisher is by far the best method to extinguish such a fire. It contains only de-ionised water and is therefore safe to use in close proximity to people and animals. The special nozzle disperses the water in a fine spray, preventing the clothing from being wafted away from the person and potentially spreading to others. The mist is also harmless if sprayed onto a person, even if sprayed on their face or burning hair. The mist also forms a safe buffer between the fire and the person using the extinguisher. Our water mist extinguishers are also suitable for every other form of fire, including fat fires and liquid fires.

To see the water mist extinguisher in action please view this video. These extinguishers are available in 1ltr, 3ltr and 6ltr models and are 100% environmentally friendly. Not only are they suitable to be used on a person there is also no mess to clear up afterwards.

If you would like to discuss your fire safety needs with one of our sales team, please contact us on 0800 612 6537 or visit our web site www.safelincs.co.uk

 

Protecting your kitchen from fire

Whether at work or in the home, it is easy to equip your kitchen with adequate fire safety measures and it does not have to be expensive.

Blankets
A fire blanket is an excellent extinguisher for small fires that break out on hobs and in pans and should be present in every kitchen. A fire blanket excludes air from the fire, thereby starving it of fuel and extinguishing it. If a pan catches fire in your kitchen, turn off the heat (where possible without risk to you) and cover it entirely with the fire blanket. Always leave the fire blanket on the source of fire until everything has cooled down to room temperature! Do not be tempted to remove the fire blanket before cooling down fully, as hot fat might re-ignite.

Extinguishers
Another good fire extinguisher option for a small kitchen is an ABF rated foam fire extinguisher as it is ideal for tackling fires where fats are present. Larger kitchens will most likely require the specialist wet chemical fire extinguishers designed to deal with larger pan fires and industrial deep fat fryer fires. Another alternative are dry water mist fire extinguishers. These are excellent on fat fires but can also be used on almost all other fire risks found in a building and are entirely non-toxic, which is important in industrial kitchens. If you have expensive electrical items in your kitchen you might also like to consider buying a CO2 fire extinguisher as well as it will reduce any potential damage to your electrical appliances. CO2 extinguishers only contain an inert gas and do not leave any residues. Please note that CO2 fire extinguishers might still damage sensitive electronic equipment through thermal or electrostatic shock.

Alarms
If you enjoy cooking, you will know just how quickly a normal smoke alarm goes off when your kitchen fills up with steam and smoke or smoke billows into adjoining rooms. It is for this reason that kitchens should only be fitted with heat alarms. A heat alarm only triggers an alarm when the temperature rises above 50 to 60°Celsius or if the temperature rises rapidly, so you can rest assured that it will only sound when there is an actual fire. Rooms and hallways close to kitchens should be fitted with optical smoke alarms rather than ionisation alarms, as they are less prone to false alarms.

If you are unsure about the best fire safety for your property, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

 

Waterways World reviews Britannia self maintenance extinguishers and dry water mist extinguishers

Waterways World, Britain’s best selling canal and river magazine features both the Britannia Self-Maintenance fire extinguishers and the Jewel Dry Water Mist fire extinguishers  in the Boats & Pieces section of their April edition.

Boats & Pieces features new products and ideas that are useful for boat owners. The article goes on to say that the Britannia extinguishers meet all the Boat Safety Scheme requirements and that the self-inspection possibility of these extinguishers can save boat owners over £300.

The second range of extinguishers reviewed, the Dry Water Mist extinguishers use a brand new technology which makes them suitable to tackle both A, B and F rated fires (solids, liquids and pan fires). Whilst currently only certified for A and F risks, the water mist extinguishers also work very well on B class fires such as burning petrol or diesel. The extinguishers even extinguish gas fires and are safe near electrical risks.

The portable water mist extinguishers are ideal for areas where space is limited, such as boat kitchens and cabins, as there is no risk of inhalation of extinguishing medium. Small boat cabins make the use of traditional powder extinguishers unthinkable, as the fine powder would be inhaled.

If you would like more information on either the Britannia self-maintenance fire extinguishers or the Dry Water Mist fire extinguishers, please do not hesitate to contact our customer care team, Freephone 0800 612 6537. Alternatively you can e-mail any enquiry to support@safelincs.co.uk.