CFOA, the Chief Fire Officers Association, through their subsidiary Blue Watch and in partnership with Safelincs, have launched a fire safety shop offering information and fire safety products for landlords, tenants and home owners. The site is a one-stop shop to allow residential users to select the products most suitable for their application, safe in the knowledge that the products have been carefully selected and are suitable for them. Each category of buyer has its own selection of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and fire extinguishers to choose from.
The website will help increase fire safety awareness and raises funds for CFOA to allow it to promote its fire safety messages in an environment of government cutbacks.
Harry Dewick-Eisele, managing director, Safelincs, commented: “I am very pleased Safelincs has been chosen by the CFOA to create and run the Blue Watch Shop website. It is a testament to our reputation and high level of customer satisfaction that such a prestigious organisation has entrusted us to manage its sales operations.”
The site will sell a selection of smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide alarms with Safelincs managing and fulfilling all orders on behalf of the CFOA.
Smoke alarms are some of the most important fire safety products in your home. Fires often break out after you left a room or have gone to bed. For example if you left the cooker on, left a pan on the cooker, forgot to extinguish some candles or to extinguish an open fire. Smoke alarms will notify you immediately if a fire starts and will give you valuable time to either fight the fire or flee the building. This early warning is crucial, as seconds count when fleeing from a fire, especially if you have to look after the safe escape of children as well. If your house or flat is too big to hear, for example, a heat alarm going off in the kitchen from your bedroom, you need to interlink your smoke alarms. This can be done with cable (battery or main smoke alarms are available with cable interlink) or with a wireless radio-interlink. Radio-interlinked smoke alarms communicate with each other through radio-frequency. If one smoke alarm detects fire, it passes the warning to all other smoke alarms in their system, so that all smoke alarms sound the alarm.
Radio-interlinked smoke alarms are available as ordinary battery smoke alarms, longlife battery smoke alarms with a guaranteed ten year battery life or as mains powered alarms.
Wireless smoke alarms can also be used in any outbuildings your home may have, like sheds, garages or workshops. You can expand the alarms’ coverage quickly and easily as and when you need to add new alarms.
Like any other smoke alarms, wireless smoke alarms need to be regularly tested to ensure that they are fully operational.
You can buy your wireless smoke alarms indiviually or in home fire safety kits, which reduce the cost of fire safety provision.
With horrific reports in the media about several deaths in home fires this year, including the tragic event where four children died in a house fire in Lancashire, the issue of home fire prevention could not be more important.
In our information section the fire prevention in the home guide will help you assess the fire risks of your home and to put preventative measures into place.