Engineering specialist Teddington has reached a major milestone in the production of its industry leading fire safety valve.
The three millionth KBB recently rolled off the production line at its facility in St Austell, Cornwall.
Orders of the unit have also risen by almost 25% when compared to this time last year.
The KBB provides essential protection for properties using oil fired boilers – snapping shut if a set temperature is exceeded, stopping the flow of oil and protecting homes against the risk of fire.
James Henderson, Teddington Group Managing Director, said: “The KBB has been the industry standard for more than 50 years – providing essential protection for property owners across the UK.
“In that time, it has undergone continual improvements and modifications to ensure it complies with the latest legislation.
“To have now made three million is quite an achievement. Every valve is subject to a thorough and robust testing process, ensuring the highest standards and attention to detail.”
Orders of KBBs in October and November are up 24% on last year – with the increase forecast to continue into December.
James said: “October and November have been particularly busy and we are expecting December to continue that trend. It’s evidence that people realise the benefit of installing a KBB and the need for regular testing.
“Although only small and low cost, the peace of mind and comfort it can give – knowing that your property will be protected should the worst happen – is priceless.
“OFTEC requires all new oil burners are fitted with a fire valve but for those boilers older than 10 years, that may not necessarily be the case.
“We would urge all installers and heating engineers who are doing routine maintenance and servicing to ensure a fire valve is fitted and, if one is, that it is checked at least once a year.”
The KBB, which is fully OFTEC approved and comes with a three-year warranty, is installed in the oil supply pipeline close to the oil tank with the sensor mounted inside the boiler above the burner. The valve will snap shut if the temperature at the sensor exceeds the set value (65C or 90C).
The KBB can be tested using Teddington’s KBT 1000. The unit allows quick and simple testing to ensure the valve operates correctly at the pre-set temperatures.
For more information about the KBB visit www.kbbfirevalve.co.uk