Tailored extinguisher service

hotelProviding a discreet and tailored extinguisher servicing contract to some of London’s most expensive luxury apartments was no challenge to Safelincs.

The facilities management team tasked with arranging the annual service of their stylish stainless steel fire extinguishers that reflect the sophisticated character of the building needed a company who could carry out the task discreetly and ‘invisibly’.  Due to the exclusive nature of the apartments and the expectations of the owners, high standards and professionalism were a must.

After listening to the needs of our client we drew up a plan to undertake all servicing from our vehicle parked in the underground car park below the main building. Water containers were brought along to refill the water based extinguishers and waste water tanks on the van were used for storing the redundant extinguishing liquids for later environmentally responsible disposal.

As well as carrying out the annual service of the stainless steel fire extinguishers in the communal areas of the building we also installed P50 service-free extinguishers in the operations areas, where the distinguished owners do not venture. The P50 extinguisher does not require an annual service by a trained extinguisher engineer and has an initial life span of 10 years, saving costs for the FM company.

All the servicing work was carried out without any inconvenience to the residents of the building. In fact they didn’t even notice it was going on. The Director of Engineering for the building commented: “Your technicians were excellent, a real credit and I would have no hesitation in recommending Safelincs in the future.”

 

The service-free extinguisher that can be recycled

p50-cutaway-newMost people would not consider their fire extinguishers as a candidate for recycling, but Safelincs are the leading retailer of a product that breaks the mould in more ways than one. This year’s Recycle Awareness Week takes place between the 15th and 21st of June, and there is finally a fire safety product available that will combine your commitment to recycling and the environment with good business sense.

Companies across the UK are striving to reduce their carbon footprint, and introduce innovative, money saving products wherever possible. Safelincs can offer the perfect product to meet all your needs.

Britannia’s P50 service-free fire extinguishers are manufactured in an innovative way. Like conventional extinguishers they are kitemarked and CE marked, but the way they are manufactured and assembled offers several major benefits over conventional units.
Instead of using a standard metallic construction, they are made from a blow-moulded inner plastic container for the fire fighting chemicals, cocooned by a super-strong aramid weave (the material used in bullet proof vests). On the outside a fire retardant polyethylene sleeve protects the extinguisher from cuts and UV light. The unit is finished with a corrosion-proof brass head assembly and stainless steel handle. All components can easily be separated and completely recycled.

As the P50 extinguishers cannot corrode, the extinguishing chemical manufacturers and Britannia guarantee the chemicals for ten years. Due to this, no refill is required after five years, saving chemicals, travel miles for engineers and substantial costs. P50 extinguishers are also not serviced by external engineers, creating huge cost savings. Instead, they are visually inspected by the owner or their staff once a year. After ten years the extinguishers can be factory-refurbished to protect your business for a further ten years.

Recycling and fire safety have rarely gone hand in hand. The service-free extinguisher made from fully reusable materials bucks this trend, and offers an environmentally responsible extinguisher for companies. The P50 extinguisher components are recyclable and corrosion-proof, making the P50 a suitable extinguisher even in challenging environments.

A simple and free training session provided at the time of installation by a BAFE-registered Safelincs extinguisher engineer passes on all of the knowledge necessary to inspect your extinguishers in-house. We will issue you with a training certificate and of course your full extinguisher certification to declare your site covered in accordance to British Standards requirements.

As well as being environmentally friendly and cost saving, Service-Free extinguishers installed by Safelincs are also supplied with a ten year warranty and a free-after-a-fire-replacement scheme, meaning you are guaranteed to remain protected.

Safelincs offer a free site survey to companies looking to upgrade their current extinguishers to service-free units. Make the change during Recycle Awareness Week – for further information contact our specialist team via servicing@safelincs.co.uk, or on 0800 612 6537.

P50 service free extinguishers – end user video

To emphasise the advantages of the P50 service free extinguishers to end users, Safelincs created a short promotional video demonstrating the benefits and cost savings of the extinguisher.

The P50 extinguishers:

  • Do not require external service engineers. A simple annual visual inspection by the end user is sufficient
  • Do not require a refill after five years, as the firefighting chemicals are guaranteed for ten years
  • Can even be refurbished after ten years to give another ten year life

These extinguisher also help to reduce your carbon footprint, save time and even space, as the superior ratings mean that less P50 units are required to cover a building when compared to traditional extinguishers.

 

P50 service free extinguishers in the petroleum industry

Portable fire extinguishers in refineries and forecourts are exposed to weather and extreme temperatures and, on top of heavy handling, sometimes face a corrosive atmosphere. Traditional fire extinguishers, made from painted steel with an inner protective lining can corrode, often get dented, burst if the contents freeze and can experience detachment of the inner protective lining. All of these issues will lead to the extinguisher being condemned at the annual extinguisher service, resulting in you having to replace it.

This leaves the owners with replacement costs on top of the annual servicing charges, refilling charges every five years and the problem of supervising external subcontractors onsite. In larger refineries and production facilities the cost for supervision of every sub-contract engineer and issuing safety instructions can be significant.

During the annual service, traditional, stored pressure extinguishers are visually inspected from the outside and the pressure of the extinguisher is checked. Every five years, the extinguishers are opened, emptied and the inside is inspected for rust or lining detachment (showing as bubbles). The chemicals within the extinguishers are usually not re-used due to the fear of contamination from rust or the impact of moisture. In short, most of the inspection activities are linked to the fact the extinguishers are made of steel, can corrode and can be dented.

Britannia, a long established manufacturer of portable extinguishers in the UK, in partnership with Safelincs can offer a solution which addresses all these issues.

p50-extinguishersBritannia’s P50 fire extinguishers are made from composites and brass. The extinguishers have an inner 3-layered PA cylinder that contains the fire fighting agent and does not corrode or interact in any way with the chemicals. This cylinder is tightly wrapped in aramid fibre (Kevlar is the best know aramid), a fibre that is stronger than steel (per weight) and which takes up the pressure from the extinguisher. The extinguisher core is then contained and protected against UV light by a red plastic mantle. The head and valves are made from brass and stainless steel. The extinguishers are almost indestructible – even the most serious knocks will not damage the P50 extinguishers.

To test their resilience at the production plant, every 500th extinguisher is destruction tested: The extinguishers are pressurised 12000 times between zero and 25 bar. After this demanding test they are crushed flat by a metal blade and re-pressurised to over 55 bar without being allowed to burst or leak! In the tests P50 extinguishers actually only burst at around 85 bar!

These extinguishers are corrosion-proof and have a far superior pressure resistance than steel extinguishers. As the chemicals are not reacting with the cylinder, there is no need to refill the extinguisher after five years. The manufacturers of the chemicals have certified that the chemicals used in the P50 extinguishers will not require refilling for at least ten years. After the ten years, Safelincs, the main distribution partner of Britannia, offers an exchange service. The returned units are re-filled and can then be used for a further ten years!

As corrosion, lining detachment and dints will never be a problem for the P50 extinguishers; the only inspection requirement left is the verification of the internal pressure to detect any potential leakage. To give extra peace of mind Britannia has fitted two German-made pressure indicators to each extinguisher. Normal extinguishers only have one pressure indicator.

p50-indicatorsThe requirement to regularly check pressure indicators applies both to traditional extinguishers and the P50. The general recommendation is that extinguisher pressure indicators should be viewed in passing about once a month by end users to ensure that they are still showing the indicator needle in the green area of the indicator.

The real difference to traditional steel extinguishers is the replacement of the annual service by an external engineer with a simple annual visual inspection by the end users or their representatives. This inspection is boiled down to a very swift visual inspection of pressure indicators and the extinguisher outer body to check for any visual damage from the outside. This inspection is then recorded on the back of the extinguisher and in the company’s fire safety logbook. This visual inspection requires no skill or tools. Nevertheless, when Safelincs installs the extinguishers at the customer, they train site staff in the visual inspection process and will certify their training to confirm that staff are competent to visually inspect the extinguishers. As a back-up there is also a video on the Safelincs website that runs through the process.

The P50 extinguishers are kitemarked and LPCB approved. They are also CE marked and marine approved. All major insurance companies accept the reduced servicing regime, as long as evidence of the regular visual inspection is kept in the standard fire safety log books in the same way as for any other extinguisher types. Britannia offers a ten year guarantee for all P50 extinguishers, offering complete peace of mind.

P50 extinguishers are installed in refineries, petrol stations and many other outdoor locations. It was in one of the refineries that the extinguisher shown below was photographed after it had been run over by a van – it was still fully pressurised!

crushed-p50-extinguisher

Cost benefits:

These composite extinguishers cost in the region of £100-£150, depending from order volume, including site survey, installation, training and certification. They save the customer the costs of the annual service and the five-yearly refills/replacement. Due to the refurbishment after ten years (at around half the price of a new P50) the lifespan of the extinguisher is twenty years.

A simple and conservative calculation, comparing it with Safelincs’ own and very competitive standard extinguisher range, identifies the savings. We have only considered a ten year period, although the savings over 20 years are of course much larger: The savings indicated below are per unit.

Traditional 6kg powder (steel) P50 Composite
Cost Qty Cost Qty
Extinguisher cost £32.99 1 £145.00 1
Installation+ commission £9.99 1 0
Annual service £7.99 8 0
Call-out (averaged over 5 extinguishers) £5.00 11
5 yearly refill £39.98 1
Disposal £3.57 1 0
Total 10 year costs £205.45 £145.00

As mentioned above, the real savings are higher when a 20 year period is considered. Larger customers are also achieving much better purchase prices in the first place.

Also, the P50 extinguishers have substantially higher ratings than traditional extinguishers, so that fewer extinguishers are required, offering even further savings:

Model 6kg powder 6l foam
TG PowerX 21A 144B C 13A 144B
(not suitable for electrical)
P50 Composite 43A 183B C 27A 183B Electrical

The P50s have more than double the A rating, allowing drastic reduction of numbers in offices and work places.

The P50 foam is also suitable for use on electrical equipment, allowing the replacement of the CO2 extinguishers found in many locations. Traditional foam extinguishers often do not have that capability!

To help our customers with the cost of the introduction of the P50 extinguishers, we offer additional options:

  • Phased introduction: We replace extinguishers as they become due for replacement, rather than exchanging them all in one go
  • Payments spread over a number of years

We will, of course, also remove your old extinguishers free of charge and dispose of them responsibly.

If you wish to find out how much the P50 can save you, please contact Safelincs on 0800 612 6537 or email service@safelincs.co.uk

Safelincs and Britannia exhibit at the APEA Live 2013 in Coventry

APEA Live 2013 is a trade show for the petroleum and explosives industry (APEA stands for ‘Association for Petroleum and Explosives Administration’). Safelincs and Britannia jointly exhibited the P50 service free extinguishers to the refinery and forecourt industry. The P50 is particularly well suited to the harsh refinery and forecourt environment and reduces the cost of compliance dramatically, as traditional yearly fire extinguisher inspections in a safety critical environment require members of staff to accompany the service engineers. The P50, which only requires a visual inspection once a year without any servicing activities cuts out these burdens. The extinguishers are simply visually inspected by regular site safety personnel who receive introductory training when Safelincs install the extinguishers. The extinguishers have a ten year warranty and after ten years the P50 are re-furbished, giving them a further ten year life.
apea-trade-show-britannia
The show was well attended and we met some well known faces and made some new and exciting contacts.

Business Development Manager Stuart Baxter said ‘The atmosphere at this event is really friendly and constructive. Everybody knows each other and I am looking forward to follow up some of the new contacts we made this year’

If you would like more information on our P50 service free extinguisher, please contact us on 0800 612 6537

P50 Popular at FM Show at NEC

The P50 service free extinguisher turned more than a few heads on the Safelincs stand at the recent Facilities Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

Facilities managers who attend the annual event are always looking for innovative ways to cut costs and provide better service for their clients. They didn’t take much persuading to see the benefits and potential savings offered by the P50.

P50-at-the-FM-trade-show

Traditional extinguishers require servicing each year but P50s are constructed using a composite material that will not rust or corrode. This protects the contents and no discharge testing or refills are required for ten years. The expensive annual service by an external engineer is no longer necessary– just a straightforward yearly test that can easily be carried out by an organisation’s in-house staff.

After ten years the P50s can be refilled and used for a further ten years.

Safelincs’ managing director, Harry Dewick-Eisele was at the show and had the opportunity to speak to many facilities managers. “Those with responsibility for large estates could see savings running into thousands of pounds,” he said. “A good number were going back to their offices to weigh up how quickly they could replace their existing appliances and start cutting costs.”

Extinguishers from Safelincs save Church of England money

ParishBuying, the collaborative buying organisation of the Church of England recently carried out a survey throughout its parishes, identifying the annual amounts currently spent on fire extinguisher provision. The survey identified seriously over-inflated prices for extinguisher provision:

The vast majority of parishes would have saved significant amounts of money by switching servicing of their fire extinguishers to Safelincs who, as the Church of England’s chosen fire safety provider,  offers ParishBuying customers all-inclusive extinguisher servicing at £7.27+VAT per extinguisher (please note that there is a one-off call-out fee of £21.83+VAT).

These servicing prices are based on the traditional standard steel and aluminium extinguishers, which require yearly servicing and five-yearly refills.

An alternative offered by Safelincs and strongly promoted by the Church of England as a means of saving money and protecting the environment, are the P50 servicing free fire extinguishers. These extinguishers are manufactured in the UK and are made out of a Kevlar-style material and completely corrosion-free. They do not require servicing or refills (unless they are used, of course) for a period of ten years, saving a significant amount of money. Once these extinguishers are installed by Safelincs they only require a very simple visual check once a year by e.g. the Church Warden. The P50 extinguishers are approved by the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group and of course kitemarked. ParishBuying members are offered the P50 (including free site survey, installation, certification and training) for only £94.05+VAT each. Safelincs also offers free replacement of extinguishers damaged in or used on a fire.

One of the parishes participating in the above survey was chosen to receive the P50 extinguishers for free. St Margaret’s in Warnham had their eight traditional extinguishers replaced with P50s including, of course, installation, certification and training, which forms part of the standard package with these extinguishers. St Margaret’s used to pay between £500 and £749 per year for their extinguisher maintenance and will now not have to pay a penny for ten years.

In the graph below we have visualised the cost savings achieved by St Margaret’s changing from metal extinguishers to the servicing free P50 extinguishers, assuming they had not received the P50 extinguishers for free but would have had to pay for them:

St Margaret’s, when thanking for being chosen as the recipient of the free extinguishers, also commented on the professionalism and helpfulness of our engineer and service:

‘Everyone at St. Margaret’s Warnham is delighted that we are the recipient of the prize draw allowing complete replacement and installation of new extinguishers. We would wish to thank the Directors and, indeed, everyone at Safelincs for their generosity in providing such a splendid prize. As you can imagine the continuing viability of our small village church presents an ongoing struggle so the financial benefits provided through your firm is a great blessing. We would be delighted to assist in any publicity drive as a result of the competition under the Parish Buying banner or in any other way.

Please pass on our grateful thanks to all concerned, in particular to Antony who provided us with  excellent and knowledgeable service.’

More information about Safelincs fire extinguisher servicing can be found here and a description of the P50 extinguishers can be seen here. Please note: To receive the ParishBuying discounts from Safelincs, please register on www.parishbuying.org.uk

New fire extinguisher cuts safety costs

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 Fireworld 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 Fireworld 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.

New 10 Year Extinguishers without any Maintenance Costs!

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 Fireworld 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 extinguisher’s 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 Fireworld 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 Fireworld extinguishers are made to last!

This Fireworld 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 Fireworld 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.