An Independent Fire Engineering & Distributors Association (IFEDA) member’s survey has highlighted risks of on-line purchased fire extinguishers.

In almost 80% of cases it was found that extinguishers purchased via online sources were installed into buildings without receiving the required ‘commissioning service’ as specified by British Standards.

Examples of other common errors included:
• Extinguishers placed into ready to use locations by untrained persons without discharge hoses fitted
• Inappropriate extinguishers placed in areas to cover the risks present
• Carbon dioxide extinguishers placed into service without swivel horns being correctly secured.
• There were even examples of extinguishers which had leaked their contents during transit and were then unwittingly placed into service totally empty.

The survey also highlighted that up to 60% of businesses and properties that had ‘self’ installed fire extinguishers did not meet even the basic requirements of BS5306 Parts 3 and Part 8.

“People are risking their own lives to save a few pounds by purchasing fire equipment online, not installing extinguishers correctly could lead to a dispute with insurance companies and could even lead to a prosecution under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order” Natalie Rees Managing Director of T. & J Fire Stated.