Companies that service fire extinguishers

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance
As with any industry, there are companies that will take advantage of your lack of knowledge of the finer details. And the fire extinguisher trade has their fair share. But, there are plenty of reputable firms to pick from.
There are, in essence, three levels of maintenance companies:
The cowboys – their main service tools are a duster and a pen. You may be amazed at how many service engineers have never been trained or been on a refresher course. More often than not, their price would be the lowest for the basic service cost but this prevents them doing the job properly as they cannot earn any money by being thorough
The commission earners – the biggest source of complaints – many service companies pay commission for all parts and tests along with commission for selling new or replacement equipment. They then add daily or monthly monetary targets and daily units serviced to be reached. This will add up to high invoices year after year. They may use extra pressure to get the order done and dusted on the spot, such as “what if a Fire Officer visited you tomorrow? He could close you down” Does this sound familiar to you?
The genuine service company – who just do exactly what is required and they do it well.
Don’t assume that large well known companies are the best as the technicians often have targets to meet
Use a local company
Only use a FIA trained engineer who has passed the examination approved by BSI & BAFE
Only use companies that are fire extinguisher specialists – avoid general maintenance companies unless they can show their specific extinguisher approvals
Insist that the technician gives advance notice of the service visit and that he gets an official signature from your management at the end
Never, ever enter into any agreement that is longer than 12 months and that needs anything more than a months notice
If your maintenance company is not playing ball and your invoices seem to be consistently high, change to another company.

Fire Extinguishers & Fire Blankets for your home

Fire Safety Advice

 

A fire in the home can cause devastating damage both structurally and emotionally, it can also cost lives. Using the advice given by the Fire Service, we have created this guide to help you stay safe and prevent fires starting at home.

Aside from the most important piece of advice – to focus on getting out of the burning building – this guide explains how to reduce the risks of your home catching fire in the first place.

 

In the kitchen

According to the Fire Service, around half of home fires are caused by cooking accidents.

Keep the oven and hob clean. Don’t let food and fat build up on the oven, hob or grill or you risk them starting to burn and causing a fire.

Don’t leave children in the kitchen alone. Turn saucepan handles towards the hob so little hands can’t reach up to grab at them.

Be careful of loose clothing. Wear short sleeves or roll them up and don’t leave oven gloves or tea towels hanging near the hob.

Buy a fire blanket for your kitchen. Be careful when deep fat frying, hot cooking oil sets alight easily, if oil starts to smoke it’s too hot, turn off the heat and leave it to cool.

  1. If a pan catches fire don’t take any risks, turn off the heat and if safe to do so, cover with a fire blanket. Never throw water over it. Don’t try to tackle the fire yourself, just get yourself to safety and call 999.

Fire Extinguishers

  1. It is advisable to have extinguishers in the home and garage
  2. A foam/water extinguisher is suitable for use on fires which are caused by lit paper, cardboard, textiles and fabric.
  3. A dry powder extinguisher is suitable on fires caused by lit paper, cardboard, textiles and fabric as well as fires caused by petrol, diesel or oil, together with fires involving butane, methane and propane; it is also suitable for electrical fires