The cost of servicing fire extinguishers in public buildings in more than 60 locations in Scotland ran into hundreds of thousands of pounds.
P50 distributor Safelincs worked with the independent body corporate established to provide administrative support to the buildings, including fire extinguishers and protection, to investigate reducing expenditure whilst maintaining adequate protection across all locations?
The organisation’s corporate fire safety manager had picked up a leaflet about the P50 on a training course.
He immediately saw the possibility for extensive savings and contacted Safelincs to find out more.
Other advantages of the P50 soon became apparent.
The P50’s 10-year guarantee and that they did not need refilling after five years like metal extinguishers was a major advantage.
Another appeal was that, after ten years, they can be refurbished and used for a further ten years.
He was convinced. Now, as extinguishers across the entire corporate estate come up for renewal, they are being replaced by P50s supplied by Safelincs.
Safelincs has undertaken site surveys with the organisation and, in many cases, was able to make recommendations that reduced the required number of extinguishers whilst maintaining equally effective cover.
Most P50s being installed are foam-filled. Unlike most foam used in extinguishers, it is safe to use on electrical fires (up to 1000V at 1m distance). This means that a single extinguisher can replace a water extinguisher and a CO2 appliance.
As a result, the organisation is looking to save hundreds of thousands of pounds.
The P50 is made from composite materials that is rust and corrosion resistant; the contents are protected in a way that negates the requirement for an annual service to be undertaken by an external engineer. Instead, a simple yearly check can be carried out by an internal member of staff.