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Firefighter tackling medical oxygen fires

There is a need for more training and education around the risk of medical oxygen fires, explains Richard Radford, Managing Director of medical gas control specialist BPR Medical.
In 2018, an elderly man died following a blaze suspected to be caused by an oxygen cylinder explosion at a Stevenage residential care home. The resident, in his 80s, was in the room where the fire started and later died in hospital. Six other people were injured, including one resident whose condition was reported to be critical.

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Titan by Jackloc window restrictor

Leading window restrictor company Jackloc, announce the launch of the strongest restrictor in the market, the Titan by Jackloc ®

Queen’s Award-winning window restrictor manufacturer, Jackloc, announces the launch of the new Titan by Jackloc® folding restrictor for care homes and hospitals. 
The Titan by Jackloc®, is the strongest restrictor on the market, tested to withstand a force of 4,800 newtons, or the equivalent of five adult males.  Following the amendment to the Department of Health guidelines in 2014, after a fatal window accident, this exceeds all standard requirements by nearly 10 times. 
Jackloc wanted a name that personified the strength and support that the restrictor provides, so the Titan by Jackloc was born.  

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Jackloc window restrictor in a care home

Since starting with Jackloc in January, I have been to a number care sites and acute mental patient hospitals, talking to directors and managers about window safety. The care market for Jackloc is a busy one, sites have 100+ windows and often many locations around the country.

Personally, I feel it is essential for me to understand through these meetings, what our client objectives are regarding window safety in their individual settings. I want to know why Jackloc products are selected, used and what the users and staff feel about their operation, and to establish if there is scope for better understanding or improvement.

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Elderly couple in care home

Staff in the care sector need all sorts of electrical appliances to help them do their job, but these tools bring their own unique set of hazards. Here, Beckie Hatton from Home Appliance Care shares her tips for keeping the electricals in your care home running smoothly and safely. 

Whether you're making residents a cup of tea in the morning, or keeping them warm throughout the winter, nursing and care homes depend on a wide range of electrical appliances to provide a high level of care. But, if left unchecked, this equipment can develop faults or fall into disrepair — and poorly maintained appliances can present a serious safety hazard for both your staff and residents. 

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PolyCoversDirect radiator cover

PolyCoversDirect is a UK based manufacturer of High Impact PVC radiator covers.

Established in 2006 and now part of the Oadby Plastics Group of companies, PolyCoversDirect provide a range of cost effective, easy to install, low surface temperature radiator covers.

Designed to be used in a variety of environments such as Care Homes, Hospital, Schools, Nurseries and Doctors Surgeries the PolyCovers product offers a commercially viable solution to the protection of both the service user and service provider.

Manufactured here in the UK, each cover is bespoke to each customer’s requirements and can be easily retrofitted over existing radiators. Made from High Impact PVC our covers are easy to clean, impact absorbing, low maintenance, Class 1 fire rated and resistant to rusting, bending, denting and scratching. 

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