Candle Fire Safety Week November 14th – 20th

Candles are a common site in many homes and now that the dark nights are drawing in, the number of candles being lit is increasing. However, the beauty of candles is linked to a risk. Last year candles were the cause of over 1,000 fires across England and many Fire Brigades are encouraging the general public this week to think carefully about safety when using candles.

When setting out candles to be lit it is very important to consider the surface they sit on, they should always be placed on a non-flammable base such as a glass or porcelain dish or on a candle stick. When the candle burns down the base of it can get very hot and could cause the surface underneath to ignite if not protected. A hotel fire, at Burstin Grand Hotel in 2009, was caused through a guest putting a tea light on top of the television, forgetting to blow it out before they left the room. The candle burnt through and set the television alight.

Candles should be placed away from curtains and and other combustible materials such as books, bedding and soft furnishings. Ensure that children can not reach them or knock them over. When a candle is tipped and hot wax is spilled it can ignite very quickly.

Ensure that any matches or lighters used to light candles are kept well out of reach of children and that children know about the dangers of playing with them.

Ensure that you have a working smoke alarm in the rooms where you are burning candles and that you test them regularly. A candle can put you, your home and your family at risk. Do not underestimate the dangers candles pose and use them with caution whilst enjoying their atmosphere.

For more information go to http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/1960.asp

http://www.westyorksfire.gov.uk/news/snuff-out-the-fire-risk

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/HomeAndCommunity/InYourHome/FireSafety/DG_180798

Extinguisher leasing now available

With our extinguisher lease contracts our customers now have an attractive alternative to purchasing extinguishers outright.  The lease agreement can be taken out for a chosen number of  years, allowing you to hand over the responsibility for installation and yearly extinguisher maintenance to us at fixed yearly costs. The costing for the lease contracts is based on our competitive online prices for fire extinguishers and servicing, so you can be certain to be offered a very attractive lease pricing.

Unlike most lease contracts you can cancel this agreement with us at any time (subject to the purchase of the final extinguisher value).

Included in the contract is a FREE site survey to ensure that you have selected the correct extinguishers to cover your premises as well as the yearly maintenance checks and consumables that are required throughout the contract duration.

You have the peace of mind that all the work on your fire extinguishers will be carried out in accordance with BS5306 by our BAFE registered engineers.

To work out the yearly costs, select the extinguishers you require and the number of years you want the contract for and the system will instantly give you a yearly payment amount. You can then continue with the order process.

Any questions, please ring 0800 612 6537

How the launch of our new website will benefit you

This week sees the launch of our new website, version 4. It is a testament of our pledge to you, our customers to make the buying experience as easy as possible.

Our in-house technical and design team have worked hard to include all the comments we have received through our customer survey.  We researched new design elements and then successfully brought it all together. As always we have worked as a team with rigorous interdepartmental testing to ensure that the new site was ready to be launch.

So how will the new design benefit you?

The first element of the new website that you will notice is the improved speed. It is now much quicker to download and has been externally tested. The speed of download is now no longer than a second, meaning less frustration for you and some time saving.

The new menu system makes it much easier to manoeuvre through complex product ranges, coupled with more intuitive navigation,  finding the right product could not be easier. Larger images allow you to have a better view of the products you are interested in, making the buying decisions more informed.

The new design has enabled the pages to have more space on them, making the website easier on the eye. You can choose what information you want to see and make your research into the products as in-depth as you need to. The inclusion of informative guides enables you to work out what fire safety equipment you require and if you still have any questions unanswered you can use our live chat for quick answers.

Please let us have your feedback both negative and positive. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

P50 self-maintenance extinguishers installed in our local primary school

Alford Primary School, local to our Safelincs headquarters based in Lincolnshire has installed our Britannia P50 self-maintenance fire extinguishers. These extinguishers carry a 10 year guarantee and do not need a service engineer to carry out the yearly inspection.

Having a 10 year guarantee and not requiring a refill after 5 years or any engineer servicing visits for the life span of the extinguishers is a huge cost saving for schools. As budgets are always under scrutiny and with the government looking for additional cuts, the savings achieved by changing to P50 make great sense.

When we installed the P50 extinguishers in the Alford Primary School, training was given to school representatives to be able to carry out the simple yearly inspection themselves. P50 extinguishers are accepted by most insurance companies.

There is a video available to demonstrate how easy the extinguishers are to self-maintain. The extinguishers, which have an inner core of Kevlar (the same material used in bullet proof vests), are corrosion-free and are suitable for all outdoor applications as well as indoors.

For more information please contact us tel: 0800 612 6717 or visit the website https://www.safelincs.co.uk/britannia/

10 carbon monoxide alarms to give away in gas safety week

This week sees the launch of the first Gas Safety Week. The awareness week will run from September 12th to September 16th and to show our support we are giving 10 FREE Kidde 900-0233 carbon monoxide alarms away.

Gas Safe Register are highlighting the importance of using registered qualified engineers for all gas installations and services. Unqualified engineers may not be aware of the correct procedures which could have devastating consequences. Incorrectly installed or serviced gas appliances could result in carbon monoxide being produced leading to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Statistics show that around 4,000 people a year suffer from the effect of carbon monoxide poisoning, some 200 of these are hospitalised and approximately 50 people a year die.  This year has seen several deaths due to carbon monoxide poisoning of campers taking BBQs into their tents to keep warm. The embers of the BBQ emitted carbon monoxide and the victims were killed as a result of inhaling carbon monoxide. These devastating incidents reveal that there is not enough awareness about carbon monoxide.

If you would like the chance to win one of our free carbon monoxide alarms you can either ‘like us’ on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or register for our CO alarm reminder service, we will remind you to check your carbon monoxide alarms by either e-mail or text.

The Competition is now Closed

Safelincs now fully mobile

The Safelincs Mobile site on an iPhoneOur website www.safelincs.co.uk is now fully accessible for smart phones such as the iPhone, Android and others. We have created a dedicated mobile version of the site to stop you having to scroll left-right to see the full pages and we have arranged all content in a way that you can see the content that matters most.

You can now browse and purchase over 3000 different fire safety products over your mobile phone. The navigation is easy, the purchase process simple, product reviews are easily accessible and you can always ring us by the click of a button if you have any further questions. We hope that you will enjoy the new mobile site and that it helps to make your purchasing of fire safety products even easier.

£1million fine for Shell UK

Shell Uk Limited was fined £1 million and ordered to pay £242,000 costs after pleading guilty to severe breaches of legislation relating to health and safety and the environment.

The prosecution is the result of a fire and explosion at their Bacton gas terminal that occurred on 28 February 2008. The incident happened at about 6pm and it was only due to luck that no personnel suffered any injuries.

The blast, caused by a corroded metal separator vessel allowing hydrocarbon liquid to enter a water treatment section of the plant, caused a concrete roof to blow off a buffering tank. The water that was being treated was heated in a tank as part of this process and had exposed heating elements. The highly flammable leaked hydrocarbon liquid then came into contact with the heating elements and the resulting explosion was caused.

Other offences were caused as Shell UK did not inform the Environment Agency  of the incident and allowed approximately 850 tonnes of water and foam used to control the fire to leak into the sea.

The breaches of legislation that Shell made a guilty plea to were under the the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Control of Major Accident Hazard Regulations 1999, the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations 2000. There were a total of seven breaches.

The full story can be read by following this link: http://www.info4fire.com/news-content/full/shell-fined-1m-after-gas-terminal-blast-and-fire

Safelincs International meeting, a great sucess

Safelincs’ international representatives arrived on June 19th from Italy, France and Ireland. The biannual meeting is a platform for training and exchange of ideas and developments within the industry.

Guest speakers from some of our main fire safety suppliers Ei Electronics, Kidde Fire Safety Europe, Fireco and Phoenix gave presentations and updates on new product developments. The country representatives also gave presentations on the developments in their fire safety markets.

Safelincs’ in-house web developers demonstrated the features of the new website interface that will be rolled out to all our international partners. There was also some time for discussions on SEO, forums, marketing and special features of the new website.

During Monday evening we enjoyed a private tour at Gunby Hall, a National Trust house located 7 miles from Alford. It was built by Sir William Massingberd back in 1700 and features beautiful gardens and rare artworks. The evening was rounded off with a very enjoyable meal at the local Gunby Inn.

Man dies in food factory blaze

A fire at the Wicken Fen food factory, Duns, Scotland, has resulted in a fatality.

The fire, which started on Sunday 19th June, blazed through the single storey building at the Duns Industrial Park. At one point the fire was attended by 60 firefighters and the fire was under control by 5am on 2oth of June.

The man found dead at the scene has been identified as 37 year old Brian Newton. An investigation is now under way and anyone with any information about the fire is urged to contact Lothian and Borders Police as soon as possible.

To read the full story follow this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-13835990

Oil storage depot required 60 firefighters to tackle blaze

An oil storage depot on Kingsnorth Industrial Estate, Hoo, Kent was the site of a blaze requiring 60 firefighters to extinguish it.

The fire was on open ground at the depot and started with two road tankers, however spread very quickly to include 1000 litre plastic storage drums and 200 litre steel oil drums which were situated in the storage yard. The involvement of these storage containers resulted in burning oil spreading to land next to the storage depot that had been cleared ready for development.

Specialist equipment and fire crews from London Fire Brigade and Essex Fire and Rescue Service came to aid the battle against the spread of the fire to three other industrial units.

The fire was reported at 11 pm on Friday and was finally under control at 5.45am the next day.