WHY DO WE NEED FIRE EXTINGUISHERS?
Firstly, they are required by law in every business. Secondly, it is a matter of public safety. Having extinguishers at the workplace ensures that the staff and customers feel confident and protected in case of any emergency.
DO WE NEED TO MAINTAIN THEM?
Just like anything else, Fire Extinguishers need maintenance. The reason for that is that
the seals loosen up over time, and in case of rupture, the pin may fall out and the next
person who grabs the extinguisher may just accidentally set it off causing the powdered
chemical to leave a big mess. Secondly, over time the powder packs at the bottom of the cylinder causing it to harden. Then when it is time to use it, it may only release the propellant gas and not the powder. This can be the difference between life and death.
WHAT IF I DONT DO IT?
There are 2 scenarios:
1: Fire Department/Municipality comes for an inspection, there are many fines for
violating the fire code. It is always cheaper (and safer) to be up to code, than to have to
pay the fines and still get the work done.
2: In case of a fire, your insurance company may not pay your claim since you did not
take precautionary steps required. In most (if not all) business insurance policies, there
is a clause stating that you must maintain your fire protection equipment in order for the
insurance to apply.
WHAT ABOUT EMERGENCY LIGHTING/EXIT SIGNS?
Exit signs and Emergency lighting are a crucial part of safety at your business. In case
of a power outage, the battery located inside the emergency lighting box will light up the
2 bulbs at the top to provide illumination and direct the people inside the building to the
exit. These batteries can last up to 90 minutes when being used and need replacement
approximately every 6 years.