Fire Extinguishers Bradford
The key as to whether your business must have extinguishers is from the findings of a fire risk assessment. Any UK business with five employees upwards or have to carry out an assessment under GB fire safety law. However, government recommendation tells us that even a 1 room shop should have one multi-class extinguisher.
As the managing director though it is not likely that you would decide not to have extinguishers. Having your whole business go up in flames because you couldn’t put out a small fire doesn’t seem very smart. When it comes to protecting lives it’s also an easy decision.
Once you have portable fire-fighting equipment in your business it is a legal requirement to have them serviced annually. Should you get a Bradford fire officer’s audit it would be one of the key items they would want to see.
BS5306 states that extinguishers have to be serviced by a competent person but how do you prove that a person is competent? The most straightforward means is to check that your extinguisher company has expertly trained service personnel from an acknowledged recognised organisation such as BAFE.
So the vast majority of businesses need fire extinguishers and they must be serviced by competent engineers. So what next? Get prices? Well yes but be careful. Many businesses offer what seems to be a cheap standard price per device but be wary of companies who charge for parts. Each unit will need a new tamper tag and a new ‘O’ ring which in reality cost pence but can often be charged at much higher costs. Also be wary of devices being swapped a lot as, unless faulty, they should last at least 10 years (in the case of carbon monoxide and two decades for all the rest. It is very easy to overcharge customers with what seems a confusing system. It’s wise to ask for a multi-year forecast of costs, so you know what to expect. There may be a slight adjustment for inflation but not ridiculous surprises. This over charging trend can be exacerbated by having employees paid a low basic salary and big commissions. All Bradford Fire Extinguisher engineers are not commission based.
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