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If its never been used, does a fire extinguisher need servicing?

You might be tempted to think that if its never been used a fire extinguisher must be OK, and doesn't need checking. Luckily for one client we disproved that theory before he faced a real fire with his 'good as new' fire extinguisher! 

"Apart from it being a requirement under current regulations it was also important to make sure that the extinguishers are actually safe to use"


Recently we had a conversation with a prospective client who told us he did not need his fire extinguishers serviced as they had never been used. We tried to explain that apart from it being a requirement under current regulations it was also important to make sure that the extinguishers are actually safe to use. One prime example was his beloved water extinguisher located adjacent his fire exit. 

We explained that the extinguisher was non compliant but he was adamant it would still work and was OK. We persuaded him to let us test it to see if it would be safe to use offering him a free recharge if it worked. We placed the fire extinguisher in a safe place and activated it by striking the plunger with my hand. 

"the body split upon activation...water sprayed out of the split metal body"

To his surprise the body split upon activation, luckily we had managed to stay out of the way and watch the water spray out of the split metal body. 

The prospective client became a new client and we replaced this unit and 3 others in a similar condition he was impressed that the overall bill was not as high as he had been led to believe by other companies who had approached him in the past.

For advice on what type of fire extinguishers you may need please use contact us.

Monarch Fire UK Ltd is a family business that service emergency lights, fire alarms and fire extinguishers in Carterton, Witney, Oxford on a daily basis. We are willing to travel to most areas to carry out the fire safety maintenance. So if you are looking for a low cost fire alarm service in Oxford contact Monarch Fire UK Ltd.

 

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