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How do Fly Screens Improve your Kitchen Hygiene?

Commercial Kitchen Fly Screen

What do you want from a kitchen? It’s a simple question with a complicated answer. A good kitchen is not just about the equipment you need to cook – it’s also about its cleanliness and hygiene. A kitchen can be as well equipped as you like, but if it is not able to keep itself hygienic, no-one will want to eat food that has been prepared in it. This is not just a case of desire – commercial kitchens have certain requirements of hygiene that they are required to stick to. Fly screens can help make any kitchen more hygienic, and are essential to be compliant with safety regulations in commercial food preparation.

What are Commercial Kitchens Required to do?

There are legal requirements for all businesses that are involved in the production of food. This is not limited to kitchens, but also includes food ingredient manufacturers and warehouse or storage facilities that store food.

The Food Safety Regulations of 1995 state that:

‘Windows and other openings must be constructed to prevent the accumulation of dirt. Those which can be opened to the outside environment must where necessary be fitted with insect-proof screens which can be easily removed for cleaning.’

As such, if your business is involved in the production of food, you are required to have insect screens.

What is a Fly Screen?

A fly screen refers to a variety of screening materials that cover a window or door. They allow you to open the window or door, while still preventing the entry of insects, dirt, debris and leaves. A fly screen can be fitted to almost any type of window or door – even windows that are non standard shapes and sizes.

How do they Improve Hygiene?

Kitchens are not just kept clean through chemicals and cleaning products. These are means of fixing a problem, not preventing it from happening. While some mess being made is inevitable in a kitchen, you can prevent unnecessary mess from entering your kitchen initially.

Can I use Fly Screens in a Domestic Kitchen?

Fly screens are not a requirement in a domestic kitchen in the way that they are a commercial operation. However, they are still a popular option to improve domestic kitchen hygiene. If you live in an area where there are lots of insects – such as if you are near a river or wetland – then you might need fly screens to keep your kitchen hygienic. Alternatively, if you live in an area with a lot of birds or even bats, you might need a screen to help keep your kitchen clean.

What are my Fly Screen Options?

There are a number of potential options for fly screening in kitchens. Which of these will be right for you depends on a number of factors:

  • The shape of the window you are covering
  • The appearance of the window that you are covering
  • The location of the window that you are covering.

At Safety Screens, we are the market leading experts in supplying flyscreens for kitchens. We have the experience and skills to ensure that you can screen your windows, whatever your specific situation.

We can offer screening solutions either directly to your customers for them to install, or via our installation service. Our skilled technicians are ready to help you keep your kitchen clean and hygienic.

Our installation technicians represent your business Nationwide, in both unbranded uniforms & vans, even our documentation can be branded to your specification. This allows you to broaden your pest-control offering, without having to cover the Country yourself. We even cover the Scottish Highlands and Isles.

To learn more about our fly screens, and how you might organise one being fitted, get in touch today.

What are the different types of flyscreen windows?

Safety Screen being fitted

As the weather warms up, we start to want to open the windows. For plenty of people, this comes without any downsides. However, for many people, this allows flies and other insects to enter the building. Fly screens can help reduce and even stop the number of unwanted visitors entering your rooms – and keep your building hygienic at the same time.

What are flyscreen windows for?

Flyscreen windows have one simple purpose – to prevent flies and other insects from entering buildings. However, there are multiple reasons that you would need to do this. While flyscreens can be important domestically – particularly if you live near water courses or marshy areas – they are most important for businesses. Pest control legislation states that any business involved in the food industry needs some form of insect screening. This is not only restaurants and cafes, but the rest of the supply chain as well. Flyscreen windows are an essential part of staying compliant with the regulations.

Standard Flyscreens

A standard flyscreen window fits across the interior of your existing window. It has a strong, durable frame made from aluminium. This frame is kept in place with a combination of hinges and turn buttons to ensure that the screen is firmly in place. However, the screen is also easily removable for cleaning. A nylon Brush makes the seal around the outside secure against almost all flying insects.

Sliding Flyscreens

A sliding flyscreen window is a simple way of screening your windows, while still allowing for you to access them easily for cleaning. They are made of two independently moving sliding screens. They slide along a sturdy outer framework of hard wearing aluminium. Our sliding flyscreens can move horizontally or vertically. For larger windows, triple sliders are also an option.

Retractable Flyscreen  Windows

A retractable flyscreen for your windows is suitable for all sorts of use – from business to domestic use. They are great for wooden or uPVC windows, as they can blend seamlessly into the existing window without causing damage or obstruction. They are easy to operate, and have a smooth action. Anti-wind mechanisms ensure that the mesh remains inside the guides – even when under pressure.

Canopy Box Flyscreen Windows

Sometimes, internal screening is not possible. This means that only external screens can be fitted. As a result, you might have a problem with opening your windows at all – making the screen unnecessary. In order to still be able to open your windows, but maintain the required screening, we can fit a canopy box insect screen to go over the area of the window. This will be large enough to allow you to still open the window safely.

Flyscreen Windows from Safety Screens

We are nationwide experts in fitting a wide range of different flyscreen windows – on all sorts of windows. If you are a pest-control company, and need to broaden your offering into preventative measures such as screening, get in touch to see how we can help. However, we don’t just offer business screening – our work is also suitable for home & domestic use.

Get an easy quote today with out quick online quote tool.

How Effective are Sneeze Guards, and Do I Need One?

Sneeze Guards

During the Covid-19 pandemic, people went to greater lengths than ever before to put up physical barriers between employees and customers. While in larger chains and businesses, you might have seen permanent structures put in place, for many smaller companies, the traditional sneeze guard became more essential than ever. Their increased prevalence might have lead you to believe that sneeze guards are simply a precaution. However, they are an effective safety measure – and for many businesses, an essential part of compliance.

Where Might I Need a Sneeze Guard?

All sorts of places need sneeze guards. Fundamentally, you can use a sneeze guard anywhere you want to protect staff from customers.

Restaurants and bakeries – Food on display should be protected against sneezes and other potential hygiene issues. This is particularly true of buffets and other types of service where food is left exposed to customers.

Cash registers – Staff working at cash registers and tills are face to face with customers for a long period of time. With potentially hundreds of customers producing germs, a sneeze guard can help keep staff safe and reduce the chances of disease transmission.

Reception desks – Greeting customers, visitors and guests needs some degree of protection. In the same way as staff at a cash register can be at risk from germs, so can staff who work at reception desks.

Pharmacies & doctor’s offices – Public hygiene is essential at medical facilities. Sneeze Guards can help protect not just staff, but essential cleanliness such as medical storage.

Schools – Schools continue to be faced with the problem of the transmission of COVID-19, even as the pandemic subsides in other aspects of society.

Gyms & fitness studios – When people exercise, they sweat and breath more heavily. This produces a range of potential hygiene issues. Sneeze Guards are not only used to stop sneezes, but the transmission of all types of potential infections.

How effective are Sneeze Guards?

Sneeze Guards have been proven to be an effective means of stopping some types of infection. In the same way as a face mask, they provide a physical barrier to water droplets. We produce these droplets from our noses and mouths without realising it – but they are responsible for much of the transmission of disease.

Sneeze guards have been found to be up to 70% effective at stopping the spread of particles across a room. This has been tested in a simulated cough scenario, where around 70% of particles were found to have been stopped by the screen. Research by the UK Government , has also found that Sneeze Guards can be found to reduce the risk of transmission of air-borne water droplets from exhaled breath at shorter distances – such as 2 metres. However, the research does suggest that screens do not provide as much protection at longer range.

To learn more about the Safety Screens range of sneeze guards, and how they might help protect your workforce, get in touch with us today.

Animal Screens – What are they For, and Do You Need Them?

Cat looking through animal screens

When the weather starts to warm up, we often start to think about leaving windows open. For most people, this isn’t an issue – the increased breeze makes those warm nights easier to get through. However, for pet owners, leaving the window open for any length of time can prove impossible. Plenty of pets, when faced with an open window, seem to immediately turn into escape artists. If you live in a busy area, or live in a tall building, this is obviously an issue. However, you do not have to put up with a closed and stuffy house all year long. Window animal screens can help protect your pets and your peace of mind – even with your windows open all day long.

What is an animal screen?

Window animal screens are mesh panels that fit across your window. They are functionally similar to insect screens, but with additionally sturdy mesh screening. This is to protect the screen against animals’ claws. Anyone with a cat, for example, will know how those claws get into everything. An animal screen is tough enough to put up with animals scratching at the, without being damaged.

What are animal screens for?

Animal screens are designed to allow you to leave windows and doors open, without allowing your pet to exit the house without your permission. Animal screens let cooling breezes into your home, without putting your pet at risk.

Does my pet need screening?

Some pets need to be screened more than others. This depends on a few factors – training, risk, likelihood of escape.

Dogs

Dogs are the most trainable of the common pet animals. This means that for many people, they do not need to worry as much about them escaping through an open door. They are also not generally able to escape from a back garden – particularly if it is walled. They are also often too large to escape through a window. However, boisterous or enthusiastic dogs can sometimes need to be kept inside, particularly if they like to greet / bark at visitors.

Cats

Cats are the most likely animals to need to be kept inside. This is due to the prevalence of house-cats in the UK. Many people choose not to allow their cats out of the house, perhaps for safety reasons. If you live in a flat on a higher story, or you live near a busy road, then allowing your cat to roam freely outside may prove too dangerous for your liking. Cats are also notorious escape artists, making animals screens a popular choice.

Rodents

Rodents – particularly hamsters, guinea pigs and mice are a popular pet. This is particularly true of people in smaller homes or flats, who may consider other pets to be too large. Rodent owners do not often allow their pets to roam freely, but those that do may need to keep them inside. Rodents are not particularly trainable, and can easily be lost in vegetation if they do manage to get outside.

Birds

Birds are a pet that often needs animal screening. Birds – wing clipping aside – are largely capable of flight, and are not easily trainable. This means that windows can prove an easy escape route for avian pets.

Get in contact to learn more about our animal screens.

How to Install a Fly Screen Yourself

As the warmer months approach, spring is in the air. The days are growing longer and the trees are starting to hint at blooming. While this is a welcome development, it also brings the threat of flies and insects getting inside your property. You don’t want to allow pests inside your home, and if you work in certain industries you are required to have insect screening. If you have the necessary technical skills, you don’t have to have a professional complete your fly screen installation. We supply parts so that you can install a fly screen yourself.

Why do you need a fly screen?

Fly and insect screens are essential if you work in certain industries. If you work in a business that produces or deals with food in any capacity, you need to ensure that you are compliant with all relevant regulation on insect screening.

You might also want to install fly screening at your own home or in your business if you live in an area that is particularly susceptible to insects. This might be the case if you live near a water source such as a river or lake. Even living near fields that are used for particular crops and livestock can increase the risk of flies and insects.

What do you need to install a fly screen?

Installing a fly screen yourself takes a few requisite parts, and a knowledge of how to fit them together. A fly screen is made of a few elements. Fundamentally, these are the screen itself, which is a kind of mesh, and the frame that surrounds and holds the mesh.

Instructions

Fix the frame of the screen together with corner keys.

Lay the mesh over the rear part of the completed frame.

Place the rubber spline into the grove on the back of the frame to keep the mesh in place.

Place the assembled screen in place on the fitted screen hinges

Close them in place with the supplied turn screws.

Alternatives

Safety Screens provide a range of screen options for you to do yourself. However, if you do not feel confident that you can install a fly screen, or you have started the process but aren’t sure you can finish it, we are also experts in specialist installation. At Safety Screens, we can arrange, organise and install a fly screen or other pest control screen at your home or place of business. Our technicians are experts in fitting screens to all sorts of windows. No matter how awkward, difficult to reach or complicated in shape, our experts have years of experience in finding solutions.

Installing a fly screen yourself is not suitable for everyone. If you have a particularly difficult window, or a space that is an irregular shape, then you may not be able to fit it yourself. Equally, if you find that you have not measured the space quite right, then our technicians can make on the spot changes – which you may not be able to do yourself.

Whether you want help with installation, or you are confident in doing it yourself, get in touch with Safety Screens to discuss your options today.

How do I organise a Safety Screens installation at my premises?

Safety Screen being fitted

Safety Screens are the leading manufacturer, installer and distributor of a range of screening products across the UK. We specialise in helping other pest control businesses provide a range of fly/insect and other proofing products to their customers – without needing to have the stock or experience themselves. We organise, supply and even fit the screens for you – and all under your brand!

What is a Safety Screen?

A safety screen is a broad definition for any kind of screening that makes a place of work safer. Many places of work either need to abide by certain regulations, or simply want to improve the health and safety conditions. A safety screen might be a fly screen that is designed to prevent insects from entering a building. It might also be a sneeze guard that is designed to separate a person or an object from another person. Finally, a safety screen does not need to be exclusively for commercial use. Many people choose to fit screens across their windows at home.

Who Needs a Safety Screen?

A wide range of buildings need screening of some type. They can, however, be divided into two types: domestic & commercial. Domestic buildings might need fly screening if they are in an area with a lot of insects – perhaps a local river in warmer months is home to many flies. A person with a severe allergy to particular insects might also be keen to prevent them entering the building.

Businesses that deal with food have a regulatory requirement to prevent insects from entering their premises. This might mean they need to fit fly / insect screens on their windows and doors. They also might need to fit screens such as sneeze guards if they have food out on display.

How can I organise a Screen fitting?

To arrange fitting a fly screen or other safety screen, your best bet is to get in touch with us. We can source and fit screens to fit any kind of window – no matter how difficult it might seem. However, we will need some details to help decide what your client needs. When you get in touch, we need a few details to determine exactly what space you need to fill and with what sort of screen. You can get in touch over the phone, email or through our online quote form.

The Safety Screens Method

Safety Screens are experts in fitting screens for other companies (B2B). If you need to fit a pest control screen, but don’t have the time or inclination to complete the process yourself, then Safety Screens can step in and complete it all for you. When we arrive on site, we use unbranded vans and uniforms. Your paperwork can even be customised to have your logo. We never mention the name Safety Screens, so your business can provide a seamless service – from start to end. This enables you to no longer turn down business generated by your website but at the other end of the Country as Safety Screens become your Nationwide installation team!

Our technicians are experienced enough to know how to fit a screen in any kind of circumstance, and with all screening manufactured at your customers premises it takes the pressure off yourselves and your customer to be 100% exact with your measurements.

Be Ready for Health Inspection All Year Round

Restaurant kitchen that is ready for health inspection

The middle of winter might not be when you think about flies and insects. After all, they don’t tend to be swarming about when the weather is colder. This doesn’t mean, however, that you can afford to be lax on your anti-insect activity. Many types of businesses have a legal requirement to be clean, and many specifically need to take steps to keep insects out. Health inspections can happen at any time of the year. You could find yourself needing to focus on keeping insects out, no matter whether it is the appropriate time of the year or not. To avoid getting in trouble, needing to pay a fine, or even having to close your business, it is best to be ready for inspection all year round.

What is a Health Inspection?

A health inspection is a twice annual check up by the government that you are sticking to the rules around hygiene in your industry. The inspector will check that you are working in a clean and safe environment. According to the government, they may check:
• your premises
• how you work
• your food safety management system
• the types of food you make and prepare

Who has Inspections?

Generally, anyone involved in the production of food is subject to a potential health inspection. This is not just restaurants and cafes, but factories and other businesses that are involved in the production of food. You usually have inspections twice a year. You will not know when you are going to be inspected in advance.

According to the government, ‘How often you’re inspected depends on the risk your business poses to public health. You might not be inspected as often if you’re a member of a recognised assurance scheme.’

What are the Regulations?

There are a number of pieces of regulation that cover food safety and hygiene in the UK. The main piece of regulation is the Food Safety Act 1990. There have been several subsequent additions to the legislation, including:
• The General Food Regulations 2004
• The Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013
• Food Information Regulations 2014
• Regulation (EC) No 178/2002
• Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 Regulation (EC) No 853/2004

Types of Screens

The most effective way to be safe and hygienic around flies and insects is to keep them out of your premises.

Fly Screen Windows

A fly screen window fits over any type of window space, to provide a barrier to insects entering. These are particularly relevant to restaurants or anywhere that specialises in food preparation, as regulations often require them.

Fly Screen Doors

Fly Screen Doors help to prevent insects from entering your premises. They can fit any kind of door area, so can fit regardless of the shape or size of your existing door. A protective mesh and bristle strip help to keep your business insect free.

Sneezeguards

Sneezeguards protect people and food stuffs from other people. Whether you work in an area with busy tills, or need to protect standing food stuffs from potential spoiling.

At Safety Screens, we are experts in helping you keep your customers’ business safe. We organise supply and fitting of many kinds of safety screenage. Whether you need to help a customer keep out insects, or you are trying to plan a Covid safe workplace, get in touch today, and see how we can help you.