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Rapidly extinguish small fires safely with the Firechief Flame Buddy

Perfect for use in the home, office and car, on camping and caravanning trips and for keeping in the tool box as part of Hot Work compliance, the Firechief Flame Buddy is a brand new, easy to use fire extinguishing device.

Flame Buddy is suitable for extinguishing small wood, paper, textile and cooking oil and fat fires and is simple to use by just removing the cap and spraying at the base of the fire. And unlike traditional fire extinguishers, Flame Buddy is multi-directional and can be used in tight and awkward situations – even upside down, so it’s ideal for plumbers for example!

Small and powerful, Flame Buddy is available in 2 handy sizes – 150ml and 300ml, is safe and environmentally friendly being non-compressed and propellant free, is maintenance free and has a five year warranty from date of manufacture.

You can see Flame Buddy in action by watching the video

Home Safety Week – do you have a fire escape plan?

According to the English Housing Survey, only 5% of households have planned an escape route in the event of a fire. Spending some time planning how your household might get out can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a fire and is particularly relevant now in Home Safety Week.

Organised by the NFCC (National Fire Chiefs Council), the aim of Home Safety Week is to highlight the importance of having working smoke alarms and heat detectors in the home and ensuring that home owners think about the specific risks in their home for their family. To put it into context, there were a total of 34,706 accidental dwelling fires in the UK in 2016-17, leading to 236 fatalities and 6,456 casualties.

The first step of any home fire escape plan is to have working smoke, heat and CO alarms as they buy you time and increase your chances of safely leaving the home in the event of a fire. In 2016/17 95% of households in England reported having a smoke alarm and 90% reported having at least one working smoke alarm.

However, as our homes now have a wider range of gadgets and appliances which we are ever more reliant on, just having a single smoke alarm may not be enough. As a minimum there should be at least one smoke alarm on every floor of the house in areas such as the hall or landing, as well as in rooms of the home like the bedrooms, living room and dining room that are used most regularly, as these are likely to be the higher risk areas with an increased likelihood of being the source of a fire.

But approximately 50 percent of fires start in kitchen caused by cooking or cooking appliances. In general, these fires are more likely to be non-fatal but many of them are certainly preventable. Smoke alarms are not recommended for areas too close to kitchen appliances as airborne cooking fats may block the smoke alarm and prevent smoke from entering the sensing chamber. The installation of a heat alarm, designed to detect fast, flaming fires in areas not suitable for installing smoke alarms such as in the kitchen, garage, workshop or utility room, is the best solution.

Whether it’s an open fire, a wood burning stove, an AGA or a gas fire that will be keeping you warm this winter, it’s important to install a CO alarm to keep you safe. Carbon monoxide alarms should be fitted around 2-3 metres away from the appliance and high up. They do not necessarily need to be attached to walls or ceilings, so for example you could place them on a suitable shelf. You may need several CO detectors in your home if you have several appliances across different rooms.

Where possible, all the smoke, heat and CO alarms should be inter-linked so that all will sound if one goes off. The Cavius family of wireless alarms use Radio Frequency technology to sync with other wireless family alarms in the house. This means when one of the alarms is activated, all other connected alarms will sound an alarm too and everyone in your home, whether they’re upstairs, downstairs, or even in a separate wing of the house, will know immediately if there is a potential fire developing somewhere in the house. Early detection provides vital minutes and will help with evacuation out of the house faster in the case of a fire.

Other fire safety equipment you might consider as part of your home safety and escape plan include fire blankets, fire extinguishers and escape ladders. Firechief has a range of fire extinguishers which are ideal for home use and include:

Firechief Flamebuster – a 600ml aerosol can ideal for small domestic kitchen fires involving liquids and oil.

The Firechief 600g Powder Extinguisher – can tackle most fires involving wood/paper, flammable liquids and electrical fires yet it stands only 207mm high

Firechief Flame Buddy – a handy size aerosol extinguisher suitable for extinguishing small wood, paper, textile and cooking oil & fat fires

Firechief Lithex – the world’s first fire extinguisher for tackling Lithium ion battery fires which can occur with mobile phones, tablets, laptops, toys, power tools and electric scooters.

The Firechief range of products set the standard for those who are seeking competitively priced, superior quality, UK-approved fire safety products. Look out for the Firechief brand for products you can trust to help keep you safe.  Contact [email protected] or call us on 0330 999 0019

Why Does My CO Fire Alarm Keep Going Off?

Do you have one or more CO alarms in your property, that you are having issues with? Do they seem to be going off at random occasions or just continually sounding? This is a common problem we come across time and time again.

Before you start removing batteries and putting you and your household at risk, have a look at this post please as we address some of the things that could be happening if your CO alarm keeps going off and what you should do about it.

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Fire Door Safety Week – is your student accommodation safe?

At this time of year, parents are seeing their teenage children off to university, where many of them will be starting the new academic year living in rented student accommodation.

And although a dodgy fire door is a sure sign of an unsafe building generally, two thirds of parents with children living away from home say that they would not know what to look for when it comes to fire safety.

In a survey of a thousand parents with children living away from home in a rented property, shared house or student accommodation, nearly half (46%) of respondents cited furniture blocking doorways and corridors as visual clues which would most likely make them think that a building had poor fire safety.

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Firechief launches new type of fire extinguisher

At only 7.8kg in weight, the new Firechief F-Plus fire extinguisher is up to 25 percent lighter than similar extinguishers on the market due to its aluminium, corrosive free body.

It also has the added benefit of being a completely new type of fire extinguisher.  Known as a multi-class extinguisher, it contains a unique solution to tackle wood, paper and textile fires (A Class fires) as well as flammable liquids such as paint and petrol (Class B fires) and cooking fat and oil fires (Class F fires) equally well.  Traditionally these different types of fire would have needed three different types of extinguisher – water, foam and wet chemical – to fight them effectively.

You can learn more about the Firechief F-Plus fire extinguisher by watching the video

Firechief Flamezorb – the environmentally friendly solution to flammable liquid spills

Firechief Flamezorb is a lightweight substance which quickly absorbs flammable liquid spills, allowing you to react to accidental spillages quickly and safely. The product comes in a heat sealed bag and can easily be transferred to a standard fire bucket for use when it’s needed.

Unlike sand which is often used, Flamezorb’s super absorbency allows the product to work quickly and effectively and requires effortless clear up and disposal.

And even better, Flamezorb is also environmentally friendly, which means safe disposal of the toxic waste and no need for landfill residue.

Watch the new Firechief Flamezorb video to find out more about this useful product.

Firechief Sponsors Fire Safety Event in Wales

Firechief is pleased to be a sponsor of the ‘Keeping People and Property Safe: The Future of Fire Safety in Wales’ event, which is taking place at the Celtic Manor Hotel in Wales on 26 September. The event is free to attend and an opportunity to hear from and engage with key professionals from across the Fire Industry.

To find out more and to book your place, email [email protected]. Places are limited and booked on a first come first served basis, so don’t delay. We look forward to seeing you there!

Fire Industry Golf Day 2018

FIRECHIEF SUPPORTS THE 2018 FIRE INDUSTRY CHARITY GOLF DAY

Thursday 24th May 2018 saw the fifth year of the Fire Industry Golf Society’s charity golf day at Belton Woods near Grantham in Lincolnshire. As in previous years, the competition was held on ‘The Lakes’ course where water accompanies most holes!

The event raised an amazing £6,110 which will be split between each of the following charities as chosen by the players:
Whizz-Kids
Alzheimer’s Society
Help for Heroes
British Heart Foundation
Prostate Cancer UK
NSPCC
Children’s Burns Trust
Macmillan Cancer Support

Firechief provided the players with goody bags containing all important bottles of water and Firechief caps- as well as other gifts – to keep them going during the day.

As a main sponsor of the event Firechief also provided the breakfast rolls and coffees at the beginning of the day and the evening meal at the end, sponsored the team winner’s trophy and paid for a professional photographer to attend and capture the events of the day.

David Murfitt, Organiser of the Fire Industry Charity Golf Day, expressed his thanks to Firechief and the other sponsors of the day saying: “My sincere thanks to all concerned for the fantastic support you gave the event. We had a superb day and raised a good sum for charity too!’.