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  1. Hi Georgia, make sure there were no fuel burning appliances on in your house or in the neighbouring property (carbon monoxide can leak through cracks and shared chimneys). If these were not the cause of the CO alarm, then this first cold night might have triggered a low battery alarm. Harry
  2. Hi A 2ltr foam is fine, however, with regards to the type of smoke alarms or fire alarms this depends from whether you are letting, whether this has been a renovation and so on. I would consider maybe a water mist extinguisher (maybe a 3ltr) instead of extinguisher+fire blanket. It is more versatile and a lot cleaner to clean up after. Harry
  3. Hi, this is not a legal requirement but a best practice recommendation. There still needs to be a degree of common sense deployed. Harry
  4. Hi Peter, Safelincs does supply two potential non-staircase escape solutions. a) an externally fitted fold out escape ladder system, called Saffold b) an evacuation chute that is located on the flat roof and is deployed over the edge of the parapet Both are only deployed in an emergency. Harry
  5. Hi The connector and baseplate are different but the alarm will work with the rest of the existing system. The existing cable has to be inserted into the new alarm. Harry
  6. Hi, This Kidde smoke alarm is the official replacement Harry
  7. The batteries inside will keep them going fo a while. Why don't you replace the mains alarms? They are easy enough to replace. What model alarms do you have?
  8. Hi, one of the most common ecacuation chairs is the Evac+Chair range. We checked this out for you: Evac+Chair don’t state a recommended mounting height but they do make an official floor stand which is around 70 cm tall making the chair hang 5 – 10cm from the floor. When hanging the chair on the wall with brackets we would recommend to hang the chair with a clearance of 10 to 30 cm underneath, to avoid contact when cleaning the floor, with an absolute maximum of 50cm from the floor, so that the weight of the chair can be comfortably handled. Also, the lower the chair is mounted, the lower the chances of damage should it be dropped while someone is picking it off the brackets. Harry
  9. Hi Angie, here is a link to a page about cleaning up after an extinguisher has been discharged. Harry
  10. Safelincs


    Hi Amanda The alarm could be triggered by dust of very small insects. Try to vacuum it out with the brush attachment to remove particles. Also check that the smoke alarm is no older than 10 years. After 10 years the alarm should be replaced. Harry
  11. Hi, the closest instruction video for a removal of a Kidde Firex smoke alarm is here Harry
  12. Hi Tamzin You probably could get away with powder, although my biggest worry would be the impact on your operation if it was ever set off (accidentally for example). I assume that the powder would cause you major issues with your clean up and the next few painting jobs. I would go for foam or de-ionised water mist. The latter, while not as powerful as some foams, is the one with the broadest application (burning gas, liquid, electrics) and leaves no deposit whatsoever. https://www.safelincs.co.uk/ultrafire-water-mist-fire-extinguishers/ I cannot see the use of CO2 in your specific case. Kind Regards Harry
  13. Hi Meady, if you cannot explain why it is important to commission extinguishers, you cannot expect the customer to follow your recommendations. The FRA man is correct, it is only regarded as best practice to commission extinguishers. Harry
  14. Hi Mike This might just be a low battery. There is an instruction video showing how to replace the battery in a Ei141 Harry
  15. Safelincs


    Hi Powder extinguishers are great for generators, vehicles etc, however, they are now frowned-upon for indoor use, as they can drastically reduce visibility and can cause harm through inhalation. They are also costly to clean up after (relevant if there is any risk of misuse or vandalism). For indoor use, foam, water and water mist are now the most common extinguishers, with CO2 still supplied for high voltage applications and server rooms. For typical office use with electrical equipment you should use extinguishers that have been tested dielectrically to 34,000 Volt. This applies to some foams and water mist extinguishers with de-ionised water. Harry
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