No organisation can skimp on the number of fire extinguishers it provides in its buildings, but a look at the associated costs reveals that the expensive element is not their purchasing but the requirement to have them serviced annually.
There is now an extinguisher that requires only an annual check which can quickly and easily be carried out by a member of staff. The Britannia P50 extinguisher will massively cut maintenance bills with achievable savings of up to £350 per extinguisher* over a ten year period.
Harry Dewick-Eisele, managing director of Safelincs who supply the extinguishers, explains, “Our initial site survey, delivery and installation are included in the price. At the same time we will demonstrate to local staff how to undertake the annual check. And to back it up we have a short video available on our web site that runs through the checking procedure.”
The extinguishers also stand out from others on the market in that they are made from plastic, reinforced with the material from which bullet proof vests are made. The only metal elements are brass which means they will not rust or corrode, making them ideal for outdoor areas and anywhere that is subject to moisture.
The Britannia P50 is guaranteed for ten years after which it can be refurbished and used for a further ten service-free years. It is available in both foam and powder versions. The extinguishers carry the BSI Kitemark to BS EN3, the British and European standard for fire extinguishers, and are accepted by insurance companies.
* The standard extinguisher costs are based on purchasing and maintaining a 9kg powder fire extinguisher for a period of 10 years.
Safelincs and Britannia, the manufacturer of the P50 maintenance-free fire extinguisher are exhibiting together at the Facilities Show at the NEC. From the 15th to the 17th of May, we welcome all visitors to our stand P23 Hall 2, where we will be presenting the P50 fire extinguishers. See the Kevlar core of the extinguisher with the ultraviolet protection cylinder and the stainless and brass components. The world’s first maintenance-free extinguisher with 10 year guarantee! No refill after five years is required and the extinguisher can be visually inspected by general maintenance staff. These extinguishers
offer large savings to Facilities Management companies. We are happy to work out savings that can be achieved for your FM company by installing our P50 fire extinguishers. See you at the show!
The P50 self-maintenance fire extinguishers from Britannia are an important alternative to conventional extinguishers which require servicing when used in a business environment. The potential cost savings of the self-maintenance alternative are substantial but some businesses are still a little unsure if they are simply allowed to make the change. After all, for decades, fire safety companies have preached about the importance of extinguisher servicing by servicing engineers.
The P50 extinguishers break with this tradition and for the first time an extinguisher does not require any servicing, or refill during the 10 year lifespan of the extinguisher. This change of maintenance regime was only possible by Britannia in Norfolk totally re-designing fire extinguishers. The new extinguishers are corrosion-proof, do not age and the extinguishing agent is guaranteed by the chemical manufacturer for 10 years. And, rest assured, the P50 extinguishers fulfill all legal requirements, are certified to BS EN 3 and are accepted by insurance groups.
When a business purchases the P50 extinguishers we will send out a service engineer to carry out a site survey to ensure you are fully covered. The engineer will also certify your extinguisher provision. He/she will train business representatives how to look after their extinguishers. And at the end the customer will also be handed a form to be sent to their insurance to inform the insurance about the changed maintenance regime. Whilst this is not strictly necessary we regard it as good practice to keep your insurance informed even though some insurances like the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group (the UK’s largest insurance group for the church sector) have already formally endorsed the product and do not require notification.
The self-maintenance extinguishers have been successfully installed in many small and medium businesses, schools, supermarkets, ships and churches where they help to create savings, year after year.
F1 racing driver Mark Webber takes the lead in fire safety technology by equipping his home with Fireworld extinguishers.
Fireworld extinguishers are made of composite plastics, including Kevlar, usually associated with bullet-proof vests, and last a full ten years without any refill – and without a single extinguisher maintenance visit! The extinguishers are tested under extreme circumstances – they are pressurised 12000 times to 25 bar before being flattened by a steel blade. After this gruelling treatment they are pressurised to 55 bar without being allowed to leak! These extinguishers are helping our customers to save costs and help the environment – They can be refurbished after 10 years and are then guaranteed again for another 10 years. Over their lifetime, they save around 18 call-outs and two refills!
Mark Webber stated: ‘In my line of business we don’t leave safety to chance. Protecting my home and those in it is very important to me and I also value privacy. The Fireworld extinguishers provide this peace of mind as they have a 10 year guarantee and don’t require annual servicing.’
We can now offer a fully warranted refurb of the P50 self-maintenance extinguishers to give the extinguishers an extra 10 year life. The refurb costs £120 + VAT and includes free collection and return of your extinguisher from your premises. At the factory, the extinguisher is stripped of its outer cylinder and base and then re-filled and re-assembled. It is then warranted for another 10 maintenance-free years. The same service is available should the extinguisher be used or accidentally discharged. Discounts for larger volumes are available. The refurbish now increase the total saving over the lifetime of the extinguisher to potentially well over £600!
The P50 is a truly environmentally friendly extinguisher!
Ecclesiastical Insurance, the largest insurer of faith organisations in the UK, such as the Church of England and the Catholic Church, have confirmed that they are happy to insure organisations where the P50 maintenance free fire extinguishers are installed.
This formal announcement follows recent acceptance statements from other insurers. The insurance industry’s embrace of the self-maintenance extinguishers is a major breakthrough for many businesses and organisations, as changing to the maintenance-free extinguishers could save each organisation up to £300 over the lifetime of an extinguisher. Purchasing P50 extinguishers could not be easier. After completing the order, one of our BAFE certified engineers will visit the installation location and carry out a free site survey, ensuring that the correct type and number of extinguishers are installed. The extinguishers are then installed by the engineer and a demonstration of the simple yearly visual check, which can be completed by any able-bodied person, is given. The visual check process can be viewed through a video, too. The visit by the extinguisher engineer and all these activities are already included in the price of the extinguisher.
The P50 maintenance-free extinguishers have already been installed in many faith organisations and businesses. For further information visit https://www.safelincs.co.uk/britannia/ or call 0800 612 6717
The introduction of the P5010 year self-maintenance extinguisher has opened up many new markets for us.
P50 extinguishers are made from components that are guaranteed not to corrode for 10 years. These properties, which make the extinguisher range well suited for outdoor and wet applications, has enabled us to branch out into food processing, swimming pools and other challenging environments. One specialist application is the equestrian market, a demanding and rugged environment for extinguishers.
Safelincs are now members of The British Horse Society , the largest and most influential equestrian charity in the UK , which works towards the improvement of standards of horse safety and welfare. The introduction of our products to their directory now enables their members to access fire safety products that are not only of the highest quality but that also, as in the case of the P50 extinguisher, offer them the robust construction their environment demands.
As the P50 extinguisher is self-maintenance it also offers a huge cost saving. Once purchased you will no longer require an external extinguisher engineer to visit you annually. The simple, visual safety checks required to ensure that the extinguisher is in working order can be carried out by yourself. Instructions and a demonstration of the three simple self-maintenance steps are given when the extinguisher is installed, free of charge.
When our engineers deliver and install the P50 extinguisher free of charge, they will also carry out a free site survey to ensure that you are adequately covered and will confirm so in the certificate that is part of the installation process.
We recently introduced Britannia’s P50 extinguishers, a range of self-maintenance fire extinguishers which do not require external servicing or a refill after five years.
Changing from your current extinguisher cover to the P50 extinguishers is easy. Just follow these 2 simple steps:
- If you currently have powder extinguishers and foam extinguishers, choose the P50 powder or foam extinguishers to replace them. If you have CO2 extinguishers, choose the P50 foam extinguishers. Just ensure that the fire rating of the P50d extinguishers is at least equal to the fire rating on your existing extinguishers.
Don’t worry too much, though – Our engineers will survey your premises when they are coming to install the P50 extinguishers to make sure that you are adequately covered. They will even certify in writing that the extinguishers installed are correctly installed and offer sufficient cover as well as showing you the self-maintenance checks required. And all of this free of charge.
- As the final step, send a letter, fax or email to your insurance with the suggested following text:
“We would like to notify you with regards to a change in our fire safety provisions. With effect from… our portable fire extinguishers are no longer subject to an annual check by a third party, as we have replaced them with the new EN3 certified P50 extinguishers from Britannia which will be self-maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. The extinguishers have a warranty of 10 years. We will be carrying out the self-maintenance specified by the manufacturer and will document each self-maintenance in our fire safety logbook”.
That is all. After that just ensure that you carry out regular visual inspections of your extinguishers, as you would have done before the transition and record these inspections in your fire safety log book. And of course carry out the yearly visual inspection as our engineer will have shown you and record again in your log book.
We can now offer our customers a new type of fire extinguisher that will help them save hundreds of pounds!!! Safelincs have become the exclusive online retail partner for Britannia Fire, distributing their new P50 extinguisher, a 10 year guaranteed fire extinguisher that does not require servicing, hence saving substantial amounts of money year on year.
Britannia Fire, based in Norwich, is a long standing manufacturer of fire extinguishers in the UK and has been supplying the MOD, the public sector and the fire safety industry since the 1970s.
The extinguisher is durable and light, using Kevlar (usually associated with bullet-proof vests) to manufacture the extinguishers inner core. The steel cylinder of traditional fire extinguishers has been replaced with a composite polyethylene plastic shell, providing UV protection, preventing corrosion and providing substantially better durability in comparison. This plastic shell is then used to protect the Kevlar core from the elements and allows the P50 extinguisher to be confidently installed in external locations.
The extinguisher has taken 5 years to develop and has gone through the most rigorous testing to ensure that it meets and even exceeds all standards for a fire extinguisher. The extinguishers are certified to the EN3 standard and have a ten year manufacturer’s guarantee as well as a ten year service-free life. The extinguishers durability is tested by pressurising the canisters with 25 bar pressure over 12,000 times! They then have to withstand being crushed flat by a blade before being filled again with over 55 bar without being allowed to burst. Britannia’s P50 extinguishers are made to last!
This P50 extinguisher range does not require an annual service call-out from an extinguisher engineer and refilling or replacing after five years. All that is required for these extinguishers is for the business owner or the chosen competent person to carry out the manufacturer’s simple 3 step self-maintenance check. The checks are then recorded in the fire log book and on each extinguisher.
The Britannia P50 extinguishers are also covered by a ‘free after fire replacement’ should the extinguisher ever be used to tackle a fire or get damaged in a fire Safelincs will replace the unit within 7 days free of charge.
Safelincs offers free delivery, a free site survey and free installation with the extinguishers to ensure that our customers install the extinguishers in the correct quantities and in the best locations.
This revolutionary service-free fire extinguisher is only available online from Safelincs Ltd.