Fire Extinguishers Harrogate
The deciding factor to whether your business must have fire extinguishers is from the findings of a fire safety risk audit. Any British business with 5 staff or more or are required to perform a fire risk audit under GB law. However, government guidance sates that even a single-room shop should fit just one multi-class portable extinguisher.
As the business owner though it is doubtful that you would decide not to have extinguishers. Having your whole business burn down because you couldn’t extinguish a small fire doesn’t seem very smart. When it comes to protecting lives it’s also an easy decision.
Once you have extinguishers installed it’s necessary to have them serviced once a year. If you have a Harrogate fire officer’s inspection it would be one of the key items they would check.
The extinguisher standard states that extinguishers are required to be serviced by a competent person but how do you prove that? The easiest way is to make sure your supplier has trained service personnel from an acknowledged 3rd party organisation such as the FIA.
So the majority of businesses require extinguishers and they must be serviced by competent engineers. So now what? Get prices? Well yes but be wary. Most organisations quote what seems to be a reasonable standard price per device but be wary of companies who charge for parts. Each device will require a new tamper tag and a new o ring which in real terms cost pennies but can frequently be charged for a lot more.
Also look out for devices being changed regularly as, unless faulty, they would last at least 10 years (in the case of CO and twenty years for all the rest. It is very easy to overcharge companies with what seems a confusing system. It’s wise to ask for a multi-year forecast of charges, so you can budget. There may be a little adjustment for inflation but not ridiculous surprises. This over-pricing trend can be made worse by having employees paid a poor basic salary and high commissions. All Harrogate Fire Extinguisher engineers are not commission based.
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