Utilising Air Conditioning Guards In Young Offender Institutions

Utilising Air Conditioning Guards In Young Offender Institutions

Posted by Richard Holland on 11 December 2020 13:55:41 GMT

Air conditioning guards are made to protect air conditioning units from damage to increase their longevity and durability.

With many young offender institutions being quite hostile environments, a guard must be strong and robust to offer protection to the air conditioning units.

Read on to discover how air conditioning guards are useful in young offender institutions

Air Conditioning Guards Offering Protection

In young offender institutions, damage and vandalism to the environment are much more likely to happen, along with general wear and tear.

In fact, It’s been found that YOIs and youth establishments have the highest assault rates compared to any prisons in England and Wales according to Politics.co.uk.

When vandalism occurs, air conditioning guards can become weaker and lose the protection it presents for the unit underneath.

With units being one of the most expensive objects in a room, you want to be in a position to avoid the likelihood of damages and vandalism that might commence.

To offer essential protection, look for air conditioning guards that are made to be robust with strong material and opportunities to add strengthening properties if your specific needs require it.


Anti-Ligature Features

When offenders self-harm, they don’t just look for obvious ligature points. Where there are gaps or weak points in an air conditioning unit, it can be destroyed.

Once damaged, offenders can then use the broken furniture as a weapon to hurt themselves or to hurt others.

In order to reduce suicide rates, minimising stash points across the institute is key. Stash points help to conceal contraband that be used to harm others or themselves.

can be used as stash points for weapons or blades. Stash points also can be used to conceal illegal goods.

With anti-ligature air conditioning guards, we recommend IP3x grilles to ensure they’re small enough to avoid stash points and ligature risks.

We also advise a solid and robust guard to become indestructible when offenders vandalise the guard to use the sharp parts as weapons.


Bespoke Air Conditioning Guard

Air conditioning guards that can be made to be bespoke cater to a variety of unique design alternatives in any given cell.

This ensures that every cell receives the best possible guard for their individual needs.


Air Conditioning Guard Warranty

It’s important to search for an air conditioning guard company that provides a warranty. So, you have peace of mind that your guard is protected against in case of an unlikely event of it becoming faulty.



With these features utilised in a young offender institution, your air conditioning guard will be strong to offer a durable air conditioning solution to protect your expensive units and to provide safer heating within cells.

At Contour, we work with you to decide the best bespoke guard for your needs, whether this is wall/ floor mounted or a flat panel.

For protection, Contour air conditioning guards are made in Zintec protected steel in various gauges from 1.5mm-2mm to offer a strong guard to shield your units.

If your environment is a mental health unit or any other public space where extra strength may be needed, Contour can provide a strengthening strut to provide the front of the cover additional depth.

For anti-ligature features, Contour’s guards are made to be anti-ligature with safe edges and IP3x grilles to reduce injuries.

To ensure peace of mind, all guards are protected with a 5-year warranty against defects in workmanship and materials for 5 years from the purchase date.

Our air conditioning guards can provide you with a robust, hygienic solution to protect your air conditioning units. These units allow for a 23% open area for airflow.

However, to avoid air loss, it’s recommended that plenum is built once the air conditioning guard has been supplied.


About Us

Contour produces a range of innovative, safe surface temperature systems for healthcare, education, mental health, commercial and secure sectors, working in close partnership and collaborating with architects, M&E engineers, NHS Trusts, local authorities, design consultants and contractors to deliver outstanding safe heating solutions.

Contour is the exclusive partner of BioCote® anti-microbial technology for LST and anti-ligature radiators.  BioCote® additives reduce bacteria by up to 99.9%. Contour combines an extensive range of colour-paints is with BioCote® for a durable, high-quality finish.

Contour’s heating solutions offer secure, single-person quick access to radiator guard interiors for regular deep cleaning and maintenance.  Each year, Contour save the NHS millions of pounds in cleaning costs, therefore delivering cleaner, safer environments.  Contour is redefining the marketplace and therefore many regards us as a design and innovation leader within the industry.

Contour has a quality-first philosophy. Our customer-focused team possess a ‘can-do’ attitude, they take pride in developing solutions for your heating requirements.

Contact us at:

The Mansions, 43 Broadway Shifnal

Shropshire TF11 8BB United Kingdom

+44 1952 290 498


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Topics: Air Conditioning Guard