Empire Cinemas is one of the latest Safelincs customers to benefit from the minimal maintenance costs of P50 fire extinguishers.
The largest independently-owned cinema chain in the UK, Empire Cinemas has just opened two new cinema complexes at Hemel Hempstead and Catterick Garrison, and was determined that its new cinemas should have the most modern appliances fitted.
Safelincs supplied and installed P50 foam and P50 wet chemical extinguishers in the new cinema complexes as well as the linked restaurants and cafes. The appliances were selected primarily for their low maintenance costs. Unlike conventional extinguishers, P50s do not require an annual service by an external engineer; a simple check can be undertaken each year by one of the cinema’s staff, which is where the savings are made. The kitemarked P50 extinguishers are guaranteed for ten years after which they can be refilled and used for another ten years.
When the fire extinguishers in the all the other cinemas come up for renewal, it is intended to replace them with P50s.
“Safelincs were an easy company to do business with,” commented Steve Clode, Facilities Manager, Empire Cinemas. “The solution they have provided gives us the very latest in fire extinguisher technology, whilst enabling us to achieve significant cost savings over the coming years.”
Fire safety company Safelincs has won a contract with Metroline to maintain fire extinguishers throughout its London bus operation.
Metroline, which operates 80 routes in the capital with a fleet of 1,200 buses, purchases specialist fire extinguishers from Safelincs for their vehicles. Safelincs also undertakes the annual servicing of all extinguishers on the company’s buses. As extinguishers on the remainder of the fleet come to the end of their useful life, Safelincs provides replacements.
“Each time a bus has its MOT, one of our engineers will ensure that that the on-board extinguisher is serviced and, if necessary, replaced,” explained Stuart Baxter, Business Development Manager at Safelincs.
Metroline carries 250 million passengers on its buses every year and covers 37.5 million miles with its journeys. “We have a duty of care to ensure that our passengers remain safe,” said Nik Phiniefs, Head Buyer for Metroline . “We selected Safelincs because they were very professional and totally transparent in their dealings. There are no hidden charges so we can accurately forecast our expenditure.”
All of Safelincs’ work is carried out in accordance to BS5306 and certified by BAFE approved engineers.
When foam fire extinguishers first came into being, it was fair to say that they weren’t a massive success. Indeed, these early variants produced foam which was thick, gloopy and, because of the high animal protein content, smelled absolutely terrible. Thankfully, today’s Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) extinguishers are a distinct improvement.
AFFF extinguishers are painted red with a cream panel and are widely considered to be one of the best all-round units available. AFFF foam extinguishes and smothers flames when it is initially sprayed onto a fire. After this, it seals in combustible vapours under the film of foam and penetrates any absorbent materials, cooling the fire as the water in the foam evaporates. The spray nozzle on foam extinguishers allows a fire to be coated quickly and evenly. Furthermore, the spray of a foam fire extinguisher is non-conductive, therefore an AFFF extinguisher can be safely used near (but not directly on) live electrical equipment.
Foam is particularly effective on Class A fires (those involving paper, wood, etc) so they are a very good choice for offices or similar environments which contain a lot of fabrics. When used on flammable liquid fires (Class B), AFFF foam forms a film that prevents re-ignition of the flammable liquids by sealing the liquids off from oxygen. Class B fires also include man-made fibres which might liquefy in the heat of a fire.