Can you imagine the havoc in your workplace if one of your Extinguishers spontaneously combusted?
It sounds unlikely, but neglecting Fire Extinguisher maintenance can actually turn your fire safety equipment into a danger...
Just watch the following video:
The video above shows what can happen when a Fire Extinguisher fails. In this case the loud and forceful eruption causes all of the men standing around it to jump back as the Extinguisher rockets into the air.
Accidents like this can happen when Fire Extinguisher maintenance guidelines are not met. Undetected damage or corrosion can leave pressurised containers liable to explode.
The collateral damage is worse than you'd think...
Just like a car, you need to keep your firefighting equipment in good working order. This requires a visual inspection each month to check for damage and an annual professional service.
In addition, Extinguishers need to be replaced every five to ten years, depending on their condition. Of course, if they have been used, they need to be replaced as soon as possible.
If an Extinguisher explodes in your workplace, you could be faced with:
But that's not all...
Imagine the implications if a small fire started and one of your trained staff members picked up the Fire Extinguisher to put the fire out. He/She pulls the lever and it explodes in their hands.
Not only do you now have a potentially injured staff member, you also have a fire that could continue to grow - injuring or killing other people.
Failing fire safety equipment is a violation of the law which is punishable with unlimited fines and, in some cases, a prison sentence.
If your business is found to be non-compliant with the legislation for commercial fire safety - it is the Responsible Person's fault.
It is their job to ensure that the equipment is up to scratch and fit for use in an emergency.
However, learning the ins and outs of fire safety regulations can be confusing - which can leave you at risk.
Read our easy-to-understand guide to learn 10 things every Responsible Person MUST get right. Click the image below to get started.
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