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Edition 7 • July 2015
“It is not the
Sir Edmund Hillary
Our long-standing client Sue Patel
(back in 2003, Sue was our first ever
maintenance client!) is going to Peru
to climb the Inca Trail.
Sue hasn’t really told anyone yet so this
article could be a shock for some! In fact
it kind of means that there’s no backing
out, although that would have been cruel
of me don’t you think?
Anyway, some say that the brave streak
started when she first employed WFP
when it was just me and some tools (and I
don’t mean Barry!), although for those who
know Sue then you’ll know that wasn't
anything in the scheme of things.
Sue will be travelling to Peru in October
2015 to raise money for the British Heart
Foundation following the recent loss of
her father-in-law. For those who like to see
this spirit of adventure, she has some space
in her backpack... only kidding.
To sponsor Sue,
scan the link
to her just-giving
For those who want to know more about
how she’s doing then we’ll be updating
our facebook page with her adventures.
Do you have a ‘mountain’ story? We’d
love to hear from you for future issues
of WFN. Drop me an email today:
Call us on: 01277 724779
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Call us on: 01277 724779
WHAT THE THRIP?
Summer's here (both days) and so are
the problems in the fire and security
world that are associated with it.
THRIPS: Tiny insects that can make
a comfortable home inside your
Our Top Tip: Give all employee’s chop
sticks and a copy of karate kid, or make
regular checks for insect infestations
and take the necessary precautions.
DUST: The most common reason for
Our Top Tip: Move to Scotland, plenty
of wet weather there to keep the dust
down. Or more practically, good house-
keeping - cover during building works.
LIGHTNING: Lightning strikes are
always a potential killer for electronic
Our Top Tip: Check you have suitable
panel protection and lightning
conductors installed on your building.
WHY THREE BREWS
HEAT: Everyone loves the open views
that atriums and glass walled designs
offer on buildings, but a poorly
designed fire system can end up with
false alarms due to heat build-up.
Our Top Tip: Brick up your windows. Or
more practically, any unwanted or false
alarm should always be inspected by a
suitably trained engineer. Don’t suffer it.
SUN: Finally, we are all keen to get a bit
of sun into our working environment.
So many are tempted to wedge open
external doors, normally fire exits and
normally with a chair or fire extinguisher.
Our Top Tip: Give everyone more
holiday (Barry's idea of a joke - Paul), or
more practically enforce a door security
with a door alarm.
Edition 7 • July 2015
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You can help by letting us know what you
like or don’t like too - we really are listening,
just email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
or complete our feedback form online:
Gary Bigland is an electrician by
trade and likes nothing more than
proving me wrong when I say “you'll
never get that wire across there...”
Gary first worked for WFP in 2013, he left
and went to the dark side for a while - but
we don't talk about that anymore, no time
to be bitter... much!!!. Well the good news
is; he rejoined us this year! Gary also became
a family man with a wonderful baby daughter
- Faith, who was born 7 weeks early and
now she is the centre of his universe.
Q1. If you were stuck on a desert
island and could only bring three
things with you, what would they be?
My family (not sure how many),
iPhone and tools.
Q2. If you were 80 years old what
would you tell your grand children?
You only have one life - live it!
Q3. If there were a movie about your life,
who would play you and why?
Robert Downey Junior - because I am
Q4. What was the last gift you gave?
Flowers for my wife (ahhhh).
Q5. If you were a box of cereal, what
would you be and why?
Crunchy Nut Cornflakes - because
WFP’s culture: As a business we believe in
doing things properly; for our customers
and also for our colleagues. We really want
all our people to be happy in what they
do. To support this, we promote continual,
individual, development and promote
honest debate on how to improve our
services to our customers.
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Tel: 01277 724779
Office open hours:
8am - 5pm Mon - Fri (Excluding Bank Holidays)
Call Outs 24/7
Wire-Free Protection Limited,
t/a WFP Fire & Security
Unit 8 Oaklands Farm Estate
Goatsmoor Lane, Stock
Essex CM4 9RS
Feedback is always welcome, so if you think there are ways we can
improve this newsletter, please let us know. Have we got it right?
Do you like what we've done, and has it been helpful? Please let
us know too.
Fluorescent lighting no longer ‘LED’s’ the
way... Many emergency light fittings use
fluorescent tubes to light your path to safety,
but as technology progresses, LED lighting is
rapidly taking over. Here’s 10 reasons why:-
1. Wrong direction - Light from fluorescent
tubes is non-directional; this means that
30-40% of light is wasted.
2. Controlling - LED light output intensity can be
controlled; giving reliable constant light level.
3. Health - Fluorescent tubes contain mercury;
there is no risk of contamination with LED.
4. Lifespan - On average LED lights last five
times as long as fluorescent lighting.
5. Energy saving - Consumption of LED’s is
approximately 30% less compared with
6. Loud, noisy ballasts - The device to
regulate voltage and current during start
and throughout operation, makes the clinking
noise and can be pain, both physically and
electronically. LED’s do not use ballasts.
7. Good looking - Due to their great ability to
give directional light, LED lighting can be
made more aesthetically pleasing.
8. Environmental - Fluorescent tubes require
9. Cost - Although LED’s are still higher in
price, the difference is reducing yearly as
technology improves. Currently about £4
higher than an equivalent fluorescent.
10.Greater control - Controllable from one
single control panel.
I hope this helps you make an informed
And finally - WHY THREE BREWS? -
Just a bit of fun with the
newsletter name - suggestions
welcome for future editions.
As it happens there is a great book
called ‘Three Cups of Tea’ which is
well worth a read; “An inspiring
and important story”.
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WHY THREE BREWS Edition 7 • July 2015
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