Safelincs launch Orbik UK manufactured emergency lighting

emergency-bulkhead-lightsJanuary 2016 has seen the launch of our new emergency lighting partnership with Orbik Electronics. This exciting new venture enables Safelincs to offer our customers an excellent range of UK manufactured 8W, LED and spotlight emergency light fittings as well as illuminated fire exit signs to suit a variety of applications. Non-maintained products come with a 5 year warranty as standard and each fitting is supplied with a back-up battery, providing illumination for a minimum of 3 hours after a mains power failure.

Orbik started manufacturing emergency lighting control gear in 1982, and since then, have grown from strength to strength. Increasing their luminaire portfolio, Orbik have developed a range of energy saving LED emergency lighting to help reduce the industry’s carbon footprint, and continuously focus on high quality standards, being represented on the technical committees of ICEL, the Lighting Industry Association and the British Standards Institution.

Safelincs are proud to work closely with another quality assured UK manufacturer, and we look forward to developing the emergency lighting range further, with plans to offer Orbik’s BSI Kitemarked emergency luminaires in the future.
Orbik emergency lighting and illuminated exit signs can be purchased online or via our customer services team on 0800 612 6537.

Which emergency light: maintained or non-maintained?

A common question from customers buying emergency lighting is: What is the difference between maintained and non-maintained emergency lighting? New commercial or public buildings have emergency lighting installed as standard, but if you are looking to install or renew a system this issue may need clarifying.

Luckily the answer is really quite simple.

Non-maintained emergency lighting is designed to turn on in the event of a power failure. It is linked into the building’s lighting circuitry and reacts to a power failure ensuring emergency exit routes remain illuminated. This type of emergency lighting is mostly found in the workplace, such as offices and factories, where people are familiar with the escape routes.

Maintained lighting is designed to be lit continuously and will continue to work even in the event of a power failure. This allows the unit to double as a standard light fitting but still supply the necessary backup in the event of a power outage. This type of emergency lighting is suitable for public places such as theatres, shopping malls and cinemas.

Emergency exit signs can also be lit to act as an emergency light. Again they can be maintained or non-maintained, with non-maintained signs reserved for areas where occupants are familiar with the layout of the escape routes.

A full range of both types of emergency lighting is available on our website. If you are unsure which type best meets your needs then please feel free to contact our customer service team for more information about specific models.

Lead the way with fire safety signs

It is essential to ensure that any employees and visitors on your premises can clearly see where the fire exits are located in the event of a fire. By installing fire escape route signs, you can assist with the safe evacuation of everyone on your premises, no matter where in the building they may be.

At Safelincs, we provide a wide range of fire safety signs, including fire exit signs, fire extinguisher signs and no smoking signs. These signs are essential in every commercial and industrial building.
– Fire exit signs can inform everyone on your premises exactly where the designated fire exits are located. We can supply your business with photo-luminescent escape route marking and fire door signs which highlight the precise route for exiting the building.
– Fire extinguisher signs are various types of fire extinguisher, which are suitable for tackling different kinds of fires. Fire extinguisher signs can be mounted alongside a fire extinguisher to indicate which type it is, and help you to tackle a fire more safely and efficiently.
– No smoking signs and designated smoking area signs can contribute to your fire safety strategy. Whilst they cannot assist with escape route planning, these signs can remind people of the law and prevent the likelihood of a fire starting due to a lit cigarette.
For more information on our selection of fire safety signs or to place an order, please visit the fire safety signs section of our website.

Fire safety in offices

Office fire safety is often taken for granted by staff. When you spend so much of your day in an office, it is easy to forget the risks that are present. Office fires are rare, but they can be devastating when they do occur. The following reminders relate to fire safety actions affecting your staff. A detailed fire safety assessment of your own premises can be found in your company’s fire risk assessment, which is a legal document and looks at all the fire risks in your organisation and the remedial actions and structural fire safety provisions.

Fire Drills

Every member of staff must be made aware of where the nearest fire exits are and which routes to take when exiting the building. The best way of ensuring that all staff know the escape routes is to carry out regular fire drills.

To start the drill, sound the fire alarm system by triggering individual alarms or manual break points (every time from a different location). Then check that all your staff and visitors have arrived at the assembly points. For this purpose it is important that visitor books are filled in correctly and taken by the fire warden to the assembly point during the drill. A visitor having left the premises without signing out will cause you a lot of headache during fire drills!

During fire drills, simulate one or two of the fire exits being blocked by fire. Place a fire warden in front of the fire exits, turning back members of staff trying to leave through this exit. It is surprising how difficult staff find it to identify an alternative, safe escape route.

Record the trigger points being used to set off the alarm system and record the fire drill in your fire safety logbook. Any failings experienced during the drill must be recorded and acted upon swiftly.

Escape routes

Staff escaping a building must be visually directed to the safest and usually quickest route leading to the nearest fire exit. Ensure that photoluminescent (glow in the dark) fire escape route signs are indicating the nearest exit and are clearly visible. You need to ensure that even if the mains power fails, all escape route signs are visible and that stairs and awkward floors are lit sufficiently to escape safely. You can achieve this by installing emergency lights or by installing illuminated fire exit signs in the first place.

Fire Extinguishers in offices

Portable fire extinguishers can be very valuable in stopping small fires getting out of hand and turning into large fires which threaten lifes, property and even the business’ survival. However, if fire extinguishers are used incorrectly or if the fire is too large to be extinguished safely, staff might get injured and fires might still get out of hand. Train your staff in the correct use of extinguishers. Where possible reduce the number for different fire extinguisher types to a minimum to avoid confusion. The new dry water mist fire extinguisher development allows to have just one extinguisher type covering most fire risks in an office. The application of this extinguisher type is also very safe and simple.

Ensure that you cover all risk areas with fire extinguishers. Ensure that your extinguishers were commissioned by a service engineer at your premises and are maintained in accordance to British Standards. Please note that where self-maintenance extinguishers are installed, a yearly visual inspection by your staff is still required and must be documented in your fire safety log book.

In addition, your own staff representatives must visually inspect all your extinguishers on a regular base to ensure that the extinguishers are not damaged in between the yearly maintenance visit or even empty.

Manual Call Points (MCP)

Make sure that all employees understand that the first thing to do if they discover a fire is to press the nearest manual call point (also called manual break points). This alerts all of your staff of the fire. New staff must be shown the call points during their induction period. Fire action signs help to re-inforce the correct behaviour in case of a fire.

Where office buildings are shared with other companies, make sure that a system exists of notifying all the companies in the building if there is a fire.