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I don't need to check my fire extinguishers

by , 16 July 2013
Hardly a week goes by without a fire breaking out somewhere. Fires have huge consequences and can easily become uncontrollable. What you can control, however, is being prepared for fire risks.

Before you relax and think you already have all the fire safety measures in place, remember that inspectors can visit your premises unannounced at any time! They check that you've had a fire risk assessment done and are in possession of all necessary documents to be legally compliant.

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I don't need to check them fire extinguishers

Think again. You need to hire a reputable, government approved, assessor to do the required checks. Once you've met all the requirements, make sure you receive all the relevant certification.

The 3Cs

Have a look at the different types of fire extinguishers, and the 3 different classes of fires.

Types of fire extinguishers

Your fire triangle

Have a look at this. Don't be silly and let a small fire burn down your building! Remove one of the triangle sides and your fire will be extinguished.

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Why you must use legal inspection checklists in your company
 
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The fire triangle

  • Common fire hazards
  • Here are some common fire hazards that you should be aware of:
  • electrical systems that are overloaded, resulting in hot wiring or connections, or failed components
  • combustible storage areas with insufficient protection
  • combustibles near equipment that generates heat, flame, or sparks
  • candles and gas/paraffin lamps
  • smoking (cigarettes, cigars, pipes, lighters, etc.)
  • equipment that generates heat and utilizes combustible materials
  • flammable liquids
  • fireplace chimneys not properly or regularly cleaned
  • cooking appliances - stoves, ovens
  • heating appliances - wood burning stoves, furnaces, boilers, portable heaters
  • electrical wiring in poor condition
  • batteries
  • personal ignition sources - matches, lighters
  • electronic and electrical equipment
  • exterior cooking equipment
  • campfires.
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