Rising rents are forcing many people in the UK to consider other options – such as becoming property guardians. They move into abandoned homes, maybe for a month, maybe for years. From the owner’s point of view, an occupied building is less likely to be burgled or destroyed; the guardians obtain low-cost accommodation.
Safelincs works with a property management company that specialises in bringing together owners and potential guardians. There are thousands of empty properties in the UK, including flats, houses, churches, libraries and offices. They may be empty for many reasons – waiting to be sold, waiting for planning permission, or needing to be looked after while the owners are overseas. The property management company puts these buildings back into use, helping both the property owner and people looking for short term, low-cost accommodation.
For some time, Safelincs has been providing bespoke fire safety equipment kits which the company issued to its live-in guardians. These consisted of a fire blanket, a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit, smoke alarms, a CO alarm, a wind-up torch and a bespoke fire action sign. The company recently decided to take its fire safety provisions to an even higher level and approached Safelincs to work out a solution.
Risk assessments are now carried out on all properties where guardians are being installed. This assessment identifies the fire safety equipment required for each individual property. Safelincs then supplies the appropriate fire safety services and equipment including fire extinguishers, appropriate signage, smoke and CO alarms (usually radio-interlinked), door closers, fire door accessories and other fire safety equipment. By working with Safelincs, the company is able to create a more bespoke fire safety plan for each property.
Safelincs provide sensible and practical advice for the safety equipment required at each location. Its role has become more that of a strategic partner than simply a supplier.
It’s nearly ten years since Safelincs first started working with Villa Plus, a company providing over 1,250 holiday villas across 14 European destinations. Safelincs is depended upon to ensure that all Villa Plus’ accommodations are equipped with the necessary safety equipment.
Fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and domestic first aid kits are sent by Safelincs to a shipping company in the UK for distribution to Villa Plus properties around Europe. The goods are packaged separately in line with each region’s requirement and labelled accordingly.
“Safelincs extensive range of safety products and their ability to meet our specific shipping requirements to different regions makes them an ideal partner to work with. As we grow and launch villas in new and existing destinations Safelincs will be a valuable provider,” says Nick Cooper, Villa Plus director and founder.
Harry Dewick- Eisele, managing director, Safelincs commented: “We pride ourselves on putting customers’ first. Building long-term relationships with organisations such as Villa Plus is a clear indication that our priorities are correct.”
Since the introduction of the new first aid kit standard BS8599-1:2011 St John Ambulance have released a range of first aid kits that fully comply with the new standard.
Offering first aid kits with suitable and useful first aid components has always been at the forefront of St John Ambulance’s provision of first aid products. This philosophy included adding extra equipment and extra supplies in excess of the HSE recommendations in cases where St John Ambulance felt that the end-user would be better served with extra components.
BS 8599-1:2011 has now cemented these increases of items needed in first aid kits, specifying an eye wash solution in all travel kits and more plasters, nitrile powder-free gloves and scissors capable of cutting through clothing in all first aid kits. The standard also ensures better quality equipment is being supplied, with components having to meet a quality level to be used in the new kits. The HSE guidelines that provided first aid kit content advisories have been completely replaced by the new standard, the phase out of HSE kits will begin on September 1st and businesses should be complying with the new standard by January 2012.
As an approved reseller of St John Ambulance first aid products, Safelincs have the complete range of British Standard compliant first aid kits, including hard case workplace kits, catering kits and travel first aid kits.
View our full range of British Standard compliant First Aid Kits.