Newsletter Edition 1: August 2011
Edition 1: August 2011
Welcome to Oakpark Alarms News. This edition brings you up to date with our innovative new fire extinguisher system, DSPA, and gets inside the mind of a burglar, so you can take avoiding action. We take a look at dangerous substances in both home and workplace, and spotlight one of our team as the face of Oakpark Alarms. And read carefully, there’s a competition you can enter to win a fabulous Red Letter Day- choose from more than 400 experiences and fun days out.
New fire extinguishing system reduces property damage
Oakpark Alarms, based in Wimborne, Dorset, has just been appointed as the south of England agent for a non intrusive fire extinguishing system, DSPA (Dry Sprinkler Powder Aerosol). This innovative approach to fire control reduces property damage caused by alternative extinguishing methods, is not harmful to humans, unlike some gases, and does not leave water damage.
Developed in Holland, the DSPA system is used by fire brigades, in the engine compartments of buses and heavy goods vehicles, marine applications, and in switchgear rooms. It is ideal for buildings which have a control room, boiler room, paint shop, computer suite, or any other area of risk, such as an integral garage in a home.
DSPA works by knocking the flames down through a chemical reaction. The completely dry process can be activated electronically, thermally, or manually, and leaves a non-conductive and non-corrosive residue which can be easily vacuumed up. It requires no pipe work or pressure, and can be fitted easily, either at the building commissioning stage or retrospectively. The system, which has been in use in several countries around the world, acts volumetrically reaching those difficult corners where fire can take hold.
Oakpark Alarms Managing Director Jeff Pearce explains why he chose this product to add to his range of alarm and fire prevention services. “I had been looking for something to meet the needs of premises which required fire protection, but without the damage and disruption of conventional methods. I believe the DSPA system represents a very real advance in preventing fire damage, in places it was previously difficult to detect. It has been proved in a huge range of applications, and makes a natural addition to our product portfolio”.
About Oakpark Alarms
This family run business provides a 24/7 backup service, and has installed and maintained more than 8000 systems for both domestic and commercial customers. Did you know Oakpark installs and maintains all of these, for both Domestic and Commercial customers?
- Burglar alarms
- Fire alarms
- Access control systems
Phone 01202 827776 for more information
7 secrets a burglar doesn’t want you to know
- I don’t usually wear a stripy t-shirt, mask and carry a bag marked “swag”. I may even look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your windows, clearing your rubbish, or delivering your new TV.
- I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions or offer to clean your gutters.
- I love looking in your windows to pick my next target. I’m looking for signs that you’re at home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like.
- I’ll break a window or patio door to get in, even if it makes some noise. Windows over the kitchen sink are a good bet.
- Did you really think I won’t look in your underwear drawer/bedside table/medicine cabinet and freezer?
- I love Facebook- people are so happy to tell me what they’ve got and when they’ll be out!
- Oakpark Alarms phone number- 01202 827776- I definitely don’t want you to keep that on your notice board!
Face of Oakpark Alarms
Gustav Ellis (“Gus”) is one of Oakpark’s top fire and security engineers, and installs intruder alarms, door entry systems, fire alarm systems and CCTV throughout the South. We caught up with him recently in Leatherhead, where he was fitting a fire alarm system into a commercial premises.
He told us, “I really enjoy my job! Whether it’s a service call-out or a complex installation, you meet new people and can be working on a great variety of different systems.”
Originally from South Africa, where he ran his own domestic security business, Gus brings an energy and enthusiasm to everything he does. “I had to go through a fairly intensive screening process to get the job, and since then the company has supported me in developing my skills and qualifications. Standards are higher in the UK, and I have learnt a lot about fire prevention systems, as well as door entry systems and appliance testing. And of course, you learn from every job you do.”
In his spare time, Gus enjoys motorsport, playing the guitar, and keeping fit. And if the weather is good, he will fire up the barbecue (or braai, as they call it in South Africa,) for his young family and friends.
“Getting up & going to work is no effort when you enjoy the work you do. There’s a great feeling of satisfaction when the job is done, tested and proved, and the customer is pleased- that’s what it’s all about.”
What are dangerous substances?
Dangerous substances, if not properly controlled, can put human lives at risk from fire and explosion. They can be found in nearly all workplaces, community buildings and some homes, and include solvents, paints, varnishes, flammable gases, such as liquid petroleum gas (LPG), dusts from machining and sanding operations and dusts from foodstuffs.
Employers and the self-employed have a duty to protect people from risks to their safety from fires, explosions and similar events in the workplace, which includes members of the public who may be put at risk by work activity. The nominated responsible person is required to carry out a fire safety risk assessment and implement appropriate fire safety measures, and to maintain a fire management plan.
Fire and Rescue Authorities are the principal enforcers and have a statutory duty to enforce the requirements of the legislation. If you need advice on implementing precautionary and protection measures, contact us now on 01202 827776.
To win a fabulous Red Letter Day out, simply email your answers to the following questions, by Wednesday 31 August 2011, to email@example.com The first correct answer drawn out of the fire bucket will be contacted to receive the Red Letter Day prize.
- 1. What do the letters DSPA stand for?
- 2. Where does the burglar always look?
- 3. Oakpark alarms installs ________ control systems
Conditions: The judge’s decision is final. Staff will not be allowed to enter. Entrants must be 18 or over. Winners will be notified within 7 days of the end of the competition. No cash alternative.
Memberships and Certifications
Certified by Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB) www.ssaib.co.uk accredited to UKAS 0131
Fire Industry Association www.fia.uk.com
BAFE registered SP203 scheme -the independent third party registration body for the fire protection industry. www.bafe.org.uk
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If you have any questions about this newsletter, or want further information about any of the articles, please contact us: Oakpark (Dorset) Ltd., Wimborne, Dorset BH21 6RJ
Tel: 01202 827776