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Fire extinguisher photoluminescent signage why?

I have had so many discussions about this, in the event of a fire, the lights go out and it's dark, do not try to find or use fire extinguishers. The room will be filling with deadly smoke that you will be unable to see. Leave the building by the nearest exit and get to safety, anyone selling your signs quoting 'so you can find extinguishers in the dark' has no common sense. RULE ONE ABOUT TACKLING ANY FIRE 'DO NOT PUT YOURSELF OR OTHERS IN DANGER'

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Importance of the carrying out your fire extinguisher inspection.

Fire extinguishers are not only required to be inspected by a competent person at least annually, companies, businesses etc have a obligation to carry out a visual inspection at least monthly. Depending on the environment and property usage will determine the frequency of this. Furthermore good communication between the responsible person within your organisation and your staff is paramount.

What follows is a true story

I was contacted on a Monday morning by a customer who reported that 3 extinguishers located on his embossing press had failed to operate, now one extinguisher is a rarity but three? On attending site said extinguishers where presented to me by a manager who was let day a bit frosty with me. All the extinguishers where completely empty, 1 powder and 2 co2 fire extinguishers. I pointed out that the likely hood of noth co2 extinguishers safety bursting discs failing was very unlikely and that the only way 9kg of dry powder was going to missing from the extinguisher body was by discharging it as no other obvious explanation was apparent. Now said manger was having none of it and he insisted that it was down to me that the extinguishers failed to work. After a couple of minutes of heated exchange one of his employees walked past and said ' what's going on?' After a brief explanation he said ' yeah we had a fire on that machine Tuesday evening and used the extinguishers'. So they put the fire out but just put all the extinguishers back on their wall fixings empty and told no one. I was pleased that the reason for the extinguishers failing to operate was found, I was vindicated of any responsibility and the customer was then aware that he was responsible for the incident. Correct and proper training would have avoided this whole incident.

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Had a customer ring me about existing fire extinguishers in her house, the actual extinguishers are in the photo and the details of them are new in 1986 and last inspected 1996.  They are now tend infant due go them having plastic head caps, they are Thomas Glover series 2000 extinguishers.  The thing that I don't ever get is why do people sell powder units to customers for there houses, yes they are excellent fire extinguishers but they can cause some serious collateral damage if discharged accidentally.  Full for and against can be seen on my web page below.

http://www.lhcfp.co.uk/dry_powder_fire_extinguishers.htm

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We have our own Co2 refilling plant, therefore we can refill extinguishers, fish tank bottles and some welding bottles. As long as your cylinder is within it's test period we can refill it.  The bottles to be filled must be now stamped last tested or manufactured 2005, be free from rust and damage.

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As part of our environmental impact reduction we send all of our parallel threaded Co2 extinguishers for recycling, unlike one if my competitors who I caught red handed weighing in there cylinders when I turned up at a scrap yard to service the yards extinguishers.

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When your installing fire exit signage, the trick is not going overboard with the quantity of signs used. A frequent mistake is to put signage into every room within a building, think about it, if there is one door out of an office you don't need to highlight the fact it's the way out of the room! The main routes leading to the exterior muster point of your business should have clear concise signage at strategic points. Always remember that you must use the same type of signage thought a building and the mixing of British Standard and European style signage is not allowed. Another classic mistake is the use of up and down arrows to indicate straight on, these must be the same throughout the building and correct in relationship direction of travel, I have seen up arrows used on a staircase where the exit is down but the person installing the signage thought straight on with a up arrow was fine.

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Too many signs make escape routes confusing.

Walk your escape routes using only the signs as guidance to see where you up end.

Ensure that fire doors open without tje need for keys or excessive effort.

Keep escape routes clear and free from obstacles.


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New tyres for my van, oh and wheel alignment check, oh what fun lol

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Next job to service fire extinguishers, should just be a standard visit and then off towards home again to do more servicing. I have a new job to carry out discharge testing in Ryarsh this afternoon.

http://www.lhcfp.co.uk/fire-extinguisher-engineer-gravesend.htm

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http://www.lhcfp.co.uk/fire-extinguisher-engineer-rochester.htm

It's a lovely day, why am I working lol, should be out fishing 😄. Fire extinguishers pay my bills so maybe fish at the weekend of I get chance. 

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West Malling has a fair few businesses that require our services
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