Safelincs becomes approved supplier of Wyndham hotel chain

ramadaWyndham Hotel Group, part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, the world’s largest hotel and holiday chain has signed up Safelincs as the only approved fire safety supplier for its UK operations.

In the UK, Wyndham includes 740 hotels, 15000 cottages, 900 boats as well as 450 holiday parks. Hotels such as Ramada, Days Inn and Encore are some of the hotels that are included in their portfolio. As part of the deal Safelincs have offered favourable terms for the hotels including special prices for fire extinguisher servicing and fire alarm panel maintenance. Harry Dewick-Eisele, MD of Safelincs Ltd stated: “We are proud to be selected by Wyndham as their central fire safety provider. We will make sure that hotels in this group, many of which are already customers of ours, will receive benefits from this co-operation”.

If you are a hotel owner or Facilities Manager of a hotel, contact Safelincs on 01507 462176 or email support@safelincs.co.uk to discuss your needs.

Safelincs recently launched a new business arm, Henry Wolfe, offering beautiful and bespoken fire safety solutions for boutique hotels and other design focused venues.

 

Free online fire safety logbook for organisations with multiple sites

All businesses and organisations have to maintain fire safety logbooks to record their regular equipment tests and findings. Just to give one example, fire extinguishers have to be visually inspected on a monthly base, serviced yearly and refilled usually after five years (except, of course, the service free P50 fire extinguishers). Fire alarms have to be tested and serviced as well and the list of fire safety equipment requiring regular servicing just goes on and on. Most inspections will be on different dates, so keeping track of your compliance can be a real challenge. If your company is spread over multiple sites, the challenge becomes even more daunting. Multiple members of staff will be involved in the compliance checking and will have to report their data to a central office.

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Safelincs has developed a FREE online multi-user fire safety logbook which not only allows the recording of maintenance across multiple sites but also manages a reminder system for all people involved. The system supports the Responsible Person in the  central office with an insight into the overall fire safety recording status. The fire safety logbook will hold all the data for you, however, a backup copy can be printed out at any time. And best of all – this service is entirely free! To use this online fire safety logbook visit our website.

Win one year free extinguisher servicing within M25

Safelincs is giving away the chance for ten customers to win their annual extinguisher maintenance completely free of charge for one year. All costs for the year are included, such as site survey, servicing and extended service; even spares, replacement extinguishers and refills are free and there is no requirement whatsoever to continue with the Safelincs extinguisher servicing after the year.

To win the free service year you need to send us a photo of your premises and of one of your extinguishers and tell us how much your servicing did cost you last time. By applying you are giving us permission to report about the ten winners of the competition in another blog.

Conditions:

  1. Your premises are based within the M25 orbital
  2. Your premises can be accessed in office hours
  3. Your fire extinguishers were installed professionally in your premises and have extinguisher service labels on them (They are allowed to be out of date)
  4. The extinguishers belong to you

We will draw the winners on the 12th of March 2014 and will notify them. One of our engineers will then carry out a site survey, carry out all extinguisher servicing including any extended surveys and free replacements and issue you with a new certificate. Any work that is required during the year is also covered by us.

Please send your application to service@safelincs.co.uk

Extinguisher servicing, how we differ from the rest

The extinguisher servicing industry is renowned for  working with bonus packages for engineers.  Engineers usually receive a very small basic salary and have to top this up with sales out in the field. This means that customers are sold extinguishers and accessories that exceed their requirements, bumping up the costs for them in the process. Couple this with hidden charges for parts that need replacing and you soon find that your servicing bill was a lot more than you believed it would be.

At Safelincs we believe in honesty. We pay our engineers a proper and decent wage, with no need for them to increase their wage package by means of selling goods to customers on site. In fact, it is our policy for this very reason to never pay a bonus to any of our staff. This means that the advice our engineers give is genuine, you will only be advised to replace or add equipment when it is really necessary. We are the only extinguisher service company working in this way. Along side this we have clear servicing price lists and all basic spare parts are included in our servicing prices, so you won’t find any hidden extras.

If you would like advice on your extinguisher servicing or to book your extinguisher servicing, please call 0800 612 4827 or visit https://www.safelincs.co.uk/fire-extinguisher-servicing

Safelincs Grows Facilities Management Business

Fire safety specialist Safelincs is extending the services it provides to Integral, a leading Facilities Management company.

Safelincs originally won the business to provide and service fire extinguishers a year ago when the previous supplier was found to be too expensive on replacements and remedial work. Safelincs currently services around 400 appliances in 15 sites managed by Integral and further work planned on additional sites.

Jason Granger, Portfolio Supervisor, commented, “Using Safelincs to service extinguishers helps me keep control of costs. Everything is transparent and they are easy to do business with. I shall be using them to provide servicing on more Integral sites.”

Safelincs’ fire extinguisher servicing has clear pricing, no hidden costs and a one-off call out charge. All work is carried out in accordance to BS5306 and certified by Safelincs’ BAFE approved engineers. When additional components are required during a service, the engineer will quote the product and ask permission first before installing anything.

Praise for swift and honest extinguisher service as well as cost savings

Parish administrator Michèle Lyon had become frustrated with the fire extinguisher service she was receiving for the Holy Trinity and St Marys churches in Guildford.

Having cancelled one contract when it became too expensive four years ago, she decided to use a local company. They came in at a lower cost initially but then prices started to rise and she found that she was being charged for unexpected ‘extras’. One example was an invoice charge for CO2 extinguisher horns, despite this being an integral part of any CO2 fire extinguisher.

Michèle then sought two new quotes but at the same time received the Parish Buying Newsletter promoting Safelincs, who supplies the CofE with fire and safety equipment as well as fire safety services through the Parish Buying website (www.parishbuying.co.uk *).

A Safelincs service engineer attended the two churches and found that the incumbent supplier wanted to replace equipment that didn’t need replacing and had been completely missing servicing of other extinguishers in the past. Furthermore, the company had issued fire extinguisher certificates for items that had not been inspected.

Safelincs was able to advise that certain extinguishers were superfluous and the equipment and servicing it now provides, through the Parish Buying website, is costing Michèle around half the cost of any other quote.

“Safelincs is providing a positive, swift, reliable and, above all, honest service,” says Michèle. “The prices are clearly published on the Parish Buying website and there are no hidden charges. Everything is transparent and I feel that I am in control of my costs now. Money is very tight everywhere at the moment and I am sure many other churches would benefit from the service they provide. I shall continue to use them and am about to buy a carbon monoxide alarm for the boiler room.”

Safelincs supplies over 3500 fire safety products and services, including nationwide extinguisher servicing.

*Parish Buying is the central purchasing organisation of the Church of England and Safelincs is the fire safety and H+S supplier for Parish Buying. Parishes and church organisations achieve significant cost savings when purchasing Safelincs services and products through Parish Buying.

Extinguisher Servicing Companies Over-charging by up to 80%!

The British Standard requires stored pressure powder, foam and water extinguishers to be discharged and re-filled after 5 years (this is called the ‘extended service’). At this point, the extinguishers get discharged tested, inspected, filled with fresh extinguishing medium and re-pressurised. However, some of the larger extinguisher servicing companies choose to spread out this extended extinguisher service evenly over the five years. That means that 20% of the extinguishers are refilled every year, starting after year 1 (even though the extinguisher is nearly new). Over a period of ten years, a common life span for many extinguishers these days, this results in 80% more extended services, 80% more chemicals than really needed and a massive increase in costs to the customer! And all to make life easier for service engineers and extinguisher maintenance companies.

Safelincs has long denounced this practice and is only carrying out an extended extinguisher service when the full five years for the extended service are up. We never try to increase our income by adding unnecessary refills. Buy fire extinguishers and all related services from Safelincs, knowing that we will offer you substantial cost savings for all your fire fighting needs and that we will always act ethically.

Nitrogen regulator and hose

Many companies service their own fire extinguishers. They have trained a staff member through one of the UK’s extinguisher servicing training bodies and purchase their maintenance tools through Safelincs. In a series of blogs we present these tools to our readers and customers.

The nitrogen regulator and hose is an essential piece of equipment used by servicing engineers on stored pressure fire extinguishers.  When used with the correct adapter or recharge bar (matching the fire extinguisher make), the fire extinguisher can then be connected to a nitrogen gas bottle.  This allows for the fire extinguisher to be re-pressurised.

Safelincs offer a nitrogen regulator and hose with a working pressure of 20bar (300psi).  It also features a ¼” female quick-fit connector.  The regulator and all other equipment required for refilling and servicing fire extinguishers can be found in the tools and spares section of our website.

Is pre-servicing of fire extinguishers allowed?

Occasionally, you may come across the practice of online fire extinguisher retailers offering pre-serviced fire extinguishers. What they offer is the inspection of the extinguisher in their warehouse and the addition of a maintenance label on the extinguisher. Sometimes they even claim that this service is in accordance to BS5306.

However, this practice is NOT in accordance to BS5306 for very good reasons. Damage to extinguishers like loss of pressure, loss of extinguishing medium, bent handles and hoses which make the extinguisher inoperable do not occur whilst the extinguisher is in the warehouse but all of these issues can occur in transit to the customer after the supplier has already declared the extinguisher ‘fit for operation’. This puts lives at risk, especially if suppliers do not protect extinguishers adequately for shipment. BSI has therefore changed the standard BS5306 to require an ON SITE commissioning for all extinguishers installed under BS5306. This entails a full check of the extinguishers as they arrive on site and the correct weighing, preparation and certification of the extinguishers. Only then can you use the certification document as proof that you have taken your responsibility in accordance to your fire risk assessment seriously.

Pre-servicing or pre-labelling is therefore not permitted any longer. If you require your extinguishers to be installed in accordance to BS5306 you must have the extinguishers commissioned on site or alternatively you can have them installed and commissioned on site by a servicing company. BS5306 comformity is always required if you are a business or landlord or if you have to carry out a fire risk assessment.

Safelincs gives customers options. You can:

– buy the extinguisher and visually check the extinguishers yourself when it arrives (suitable for domestic use, only). Our extinguishers are protected in transit by head protectors or special handle and box design.

– order the extinguishers from us with ON SITE commissioning (suitable if the extinguishers replace existing extinguishers in a business environment). This service is carried out by BAFE registered Safelincs engineers and you will received a certificate for the commissioning.

– order the extinguishers from us with Installation and Commissioning, in which case our engineer will also hang the extinguishers in the most appropriate location (suitable for a first install in a new business or if you are uncertain about the current location of the extinguishers). This service is carried out by BAFE registered Safelincs engineers and you will received a certificate for the installation/commissioning.

 

Safelincs launch new extinguisher help section

For many people in both domestic and business settings choosing the correct fire extinguisher can be confusing and problematic. To help you with this situation we have developed a section on our website designed to make choosing the correct extinguisher and looking after your extinguishers as easy as possible.

The fire extinguisher guide has a section for overall guidance and extinguisher types as well as sections that cover extinguisher locations, how to use fire extinguishers, installation and tips about servicing and maintenance fire extinguishers.

Pictorial descriptions as well as text ensure that the information is clear and concise.