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How to store drinking water long-term
15 May 2024
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How to store drinking water long-term

You may want to store drinking water at home if there is a planned interruption to your water supply. Alternatively, it is common practice for many event organisers to store drinking water for events. Whatever the reason, storing drinking water is perfectly safe provided you have taken the correct steps to do so. In this guide, we'll be taking a closer look at how you safely store drinking water.

10 May 2024
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A Guide to Grit Bins in the UK

Our grit bin guide includes everything you need to know about grit bins, how to find and use them, where to buy grit bins, and how to understand the contents and management of council grit bins. First, we’ll review the basics of grit bin ownership and grit bin usage. 

8 May 2024
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A Guide to Food Grade Plastic

In this article, we will provide a comprehensive insight into food-grade plastic, exploring how this category differs from ‘food-safe’ and discussing those plastics that meet the ‘food-grade’ standards.
6 May 2024
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A Guide To Smoking Shelter Regulations In The UK

The Smoking Ban was brought in to ensure that businesses take actions to protect non-smokers from the harmful effects of smoking. This article will outline the regulations, the benefits of providing a place for employees and visitors to smoke and what to look for when buying smoking shelters for your business.

3 May 2024
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A guide to storing petrol

If you need to store petrol, you must know how to do so safely. Whether you need to store it for your business, farm, car, van or boat, or even for garden equipment such as a lawnmower, petrol needs to be stored safely. In our guide, we'll provide you with all the information you need to know about storing petrol safely. We outline what to do if fuel catches fire, the law surrounding storing petrol at work and at home plus our top tips to follow these laws and help you store petrol safely.
29 April 2024
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What is a bunded oil tank and do you need one?

A bunded oil tank is a way to safely and securely store oil, whether it be petrol, diesel or agricultural fuels. The bunded tank is double-skinned, meaning it is a tank inside a tank. The surrounding space acts as a failsafe to catch oil leaks or spills from the core container.

As a reputable supplier of bunded oil tanks, at Kingfisher Direct, we can advise and support businesses in choosing the best equipment for the customers’ needs.

25 April 2024
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An Introduction to Forklift Safety: UK Rules and Regulations

Effective safety and performance both start by sourcing forklifts, lifting equipment and industrial supplies from a reputable supplier like Kingfisher Direct. We are happy to share our expertise and experience in this area to ensure you can buy forklifts and the associated equipment that match your operational needs business aims, and safety standards.
19 April 2024
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The Best Jerry Cans For Storing Fuel

A ‘Jerry can’ is a widely recognised term used for a container specifically engineered to hold fuel. We have looked closely into jerry can design and construction to offer you the best modern fuel storage solutions.
Potable water
15 April 2024
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What is potable water and is it drinkable?

The last thing you want as you are about to take a sip of a refreshing glass of water is to see it looks a bit murky and there is a weird smell coming from the glass. Has the water gone off? Is the tank not suitable? Or did you just leave the water in the tank too long?

Let’s look at how long you should store water in a tank and how to protect the water from contamination in your water storage tank.

9 April 2024
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Should IBC Tanks Be Insulated?

While IBC insulation can be used as a proactive measure to address this vulnerability, its suitability may raise questions. If you’re unsure about whether IBC tanks should be insulated, delve into our comprehensive article.
2 April 2024
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What is an IBC tank?

Intermediate bulk containers, also known as IBC tanks or IBC totes, are an incredibly useful storage. They come in a range of sizes, types and materials, each with their own unique benefits. In this article, we'll take a closer look at exactly what IBCs are, what they are made of and what they are commonly used for. 

What Is An Anti-Fatigue Mat and How Can It Benefit Your Business?
21 February 2024
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What Is An Anti-Fatigue Mat and How Can It Benefit Your Business?

Anti-fatigue mats are specially designed flooring coverings that are designed to alleviate fatigue and other associated health risks caused by standing for prolonged periods. With millions of working days lost every year due to back, leg, and foot pain, organisations across the country can greatly benefit from anti-fatigue matting.

How To Prevent Legionella In Water and Potable Water Tanks
11 October 2023
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How To Prevent Legionella In Water and Potable Water Tanks

Potable water tanks are a fantastic option for storing safe drinking water if access to mains water is not an option. Whilst potable water tanks provide an efficient way to access water they can also pose a significant health risk if not strictly maintained. 

A Guide to UN Approved Packaging
31 August 2023
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A Guide to UN Approved Packaging

When storing or transporting potentially hazardous chemicals, it is important to ensure that they are safely contained. In the context of purchasing an intermediate bulk container (more commonly known as an IBC), one of the first steps towards selecting a suitable IBC for your requirements is to check whether it is UN approved. But what does that mean? 

Someone pouring the contents of a blue jerry can into a blue steel drum against a shipping container
21 March 2023
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Are steel barrel drums environmentally friendly?

Yes. When steel barrel drums have reached the end of their life cycle, they can be easily recycled as steel is a recyclable material.

blue steel tight head barrel stood against a shipping container
14 March 2023
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Which industries use the steel barrel drums?

With the ability to withstand a wide range of temperatures and pressures, steel barrel drums are considered to be one of the most reliable and safe options for storing and transporting materials, such as chemicals, acids, oils, and hazardous substances.

Benefits of using pallet trucks
8 March 2023
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Benefits of using pallet trucks

Pallet trucks are wheeled trolleys designed to manoeuvre and lift heavy loads safely in warehouses, distribution centres, and for moving pallets onto and off vehicles. They are best suited for short distances and hard-standing ground, pallet trucks are effective for loading and unloading of pallets and bulk packaging.

Blue plastic barrel with black lid being opened by hand
1 February 2023
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What are blue plastic drums used for?

Plastic barrels can be as versatile as your business needs. We’ve been selling these products for the past couple of years, and we’ve seen our customers using the drums for a variety of different uses.  

Assorted open head drums of varying size grouped together near a transit van being opened by someone
24 January 2023
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The difference between open-head and tight-head plastic drums

Plastic blue drums are extremely common in the storage and transportion of goods due to their versatile nature. They are used in different industrial sectors and are commonly used to store chemicals such as acids or the food grade version is used in the food industry to store ingredients.

blue plastic drums in a range of sizes from small to large against a white transit van
16 January 2023
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The History Of Plastic Drums - From Whiskey Barrels to Chemical Storage

Originally, barrels were created from wood and metal. Their construction was perfected over the years requiring no glue or nails to build and created a reliable and leak proof liquid storage solution. This iconic wooden barrel is still used nowadays in the wine and whiskey industry.