Why is it that service-free fire extinguishers don’t need an annual service like most others, and what is it that makes them different? In fact, are they even safe to have on your business premises?
These are the common questions which are asked regarding Britannia P50 Service-Free fire extinguishers, especially as they’re more expensive than buying an ordinary fire extinguisher. However, they’re a very popular choice, because over the period of their life – potentially twenty years – their estimated savings exceed £300.
What makes them unique is that they don’t require a service engineer to take a look at them every single year, nor do they need an extended service after five years. Instead, you keep an eye on them yourself and make a few quick and easy checks following their instructions once a year.
After ten years, they’ll need to be sent back to the manufacturer – Britannia – for a factory refurbishment so they’ll then last a further ten years.
What Is Different About A Service-Free Fire Extinguisher?
An ordinary fire extinguisher is made of metal, and because they contain liquid, there is the potential for corrosion, plus they can become damaged and dented if not properly looked after. The service-free extinguishers are made of Kevlar®, the stuff bullet-proof vests are made from. Not only are they tough enough to withstand knocks and scrapes, but they’re also not going to corrode either.
As a result, they’re virtually indestructible, they’re a great deal lighter which makes them easier to handle, and they’re 100% recyclable when they finally reach the end of their usable life.
Additionally, they’re proudly manufactured in the UK, unlike almost all other fire extinguishers which are made in China or Eastern Europe.
Should I have Service-Free Fire Extinguishers?
Honestly, it comes down to personal preference. Some people simply prefer the peace-of-mind that having an annual service can give them, and many question their suitability in the real world. However, if you honestly feel competent enough to complete the simple checks yourself, then there is no reason not to choose a fire extinguisher requiring no maintenance.
For example, they’re ideal for construction sites because of their tough and durable design and don’t require commissioning for every new site they’re taken to. And for remote locations, it means you haven’t got to arrange that engineer’s visit every year.
In reality, they’re ideal anywhere. They have the BSi Kitemark, are LCPB-approved, and even have higher fire ratings than most standard fire extinguishers. They’re a popular choice for shops, offices, public spaces, in fleets of vehicles, and even in homes.