Whether you’re at work or home, it’s always a good idea to be within easy reach of a fire extinguisher. You never know when a fire could break out, and it’s important to act quickly. If you run a business, it’s essential to provide fire extinguishers and ensure that they are checked regularly to prevent accidents at work. If you notice any problems or signs of damage, it’s a good idea to replace your fire extinguisher.
How often should you replace your fire extinguisher?
There’s no set lifespan for a fire extinguisher. Generally speaking, it’s best to replace your fire extinguisher if you’ve used it or if you’ve noticed any potential signs of wear, tear or damage. If you have fire extinguishers, it’s advisable to arrange regular maintenance checks. In most cases, the checks won’t unveil any issues, but if there are problems, buying a new extinguisher may be recommended.
If you own or manage a business, it’s your duty to ensure that fire safety checks are carried out on a regular basis to protect employees from work-related injuries. All smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and fire escapes should be checked as part of your fire safety policy. If a safety check suggests that you should replace your fire extinguisher, you should do this without delay.
Fire safety at work
Often, fires are preventable. To minimise the risk of fires and work accidents, employers should consider the following measures:
- Ensure fire escapes are clearly marked and free from obstructions
- Make sure all staff members are familiar with the procedure if a fire breaks out
- Carry out regular maintenance checks, including safety testing on electrical appliances
- Ensure that all staff members are aware that there is no smoking allowed in the building
- Replace your fire extinguisher on a regular basis
Claiming compensation for a work injury
If you’ve been injured at work in the last three years and you were not to blame, you have a right to claim compensation. Compensation is a no-win no-fee financial payout, which can help to cover the cost of lost earnings or help with household bills. If you have evidence to show that your work injuries were caused by somebody else’s negligence, call Accident Advice Helpline now.
Our helpful advisers are waiting for your call. If you have a viable personal injury claim, your case will be handed by one of your experienced personal injury lawyers. To find out more, call now on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.