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Freeze-protected safety showers

05 December 2018

It’s important to know how seasonal weather changes affect your safety equipment, especially if placed outdoors. With winter approaching, are your safety showers ready? asks Hughes Safety Showers.

Are the feed pipes lagged and traced?
A freeze-protected safety shower protects the standpipe of the shower from freezing but if the feed pipes are exposed there is the possibility of the water freezing before it reaches the shower. Not only can this cause damage to the shower but will also render it unusable in the event of an emergency.

Are you activating your showers weekly?
International and European standards recommend that emergency safety showers must be visually inspected and activated every week to guarantee reliable and effective operation. Weekly flushing also helps to prevent any sediment build up in the standpipes.

Performing this weekly activation offers peace of mind that your emergency equipment is in full working order, and ensures you remain compliant.

Regular servicing
If your safety showers are not in full working order, your workforce could be at risk. Regular servicing is paramount to keep your safety showers and eye baths up to scratch.

We recommend your safety showers and eye/face wash equipment is serviced at least once a year to maintain this essential life-saving equipment, so it operates perfectly when needed. Failure to keep your safety showers in good working order could result in significant fines and/or imprisonment.

Have you got the correct safety shower?

The freeze-protected range of safety showers from Hughes Safety Showers is suitable for use outdoors where there is a possibility of the water inside the shower freezing. Choose from trace-tape heated and insulated or heated models, with wall-mounted or floor standing options.

Designed to remain on standby to deliver warm water for over 15 minutes, conforming to European and ANSI standards, the temperature-controlled model is intended for use in low ambient temperatures. The STD-TC-100K/11K has a 300-litre tank and 3kW heater with a thermostatically controlled mixing valve to ensure the delivery of tepid water. This unit can also be used to feed heated water to other showers in the vicinity.

For more remote sites or those without a consistent potable water supply, Hughes' emergency tank showers with immersion heaters are suitable. Choose from 350L, 1500L or 2000L heated models, alternatively for extreme cold climates the polar tank showers incorporate a double-skinned fibreglass insulated cubicle to protect the user from the elements.