Insurance News Archive
Fire extinguisher ignorance 'may be to blame for blazes'
Ignorance of how to properly use fire extinguishers may be leading to more incidents in buildings, according to a recent report.
Research shows that understanding the specific type of extinguisher required and the importance of maintenance and training is not very widespread, reports the website Peterborough Net.
Figures show that fire losses in the UK currently stand at £7 billion a year, but this only takes into account those accidents that are reported to the fire service.
In light of this, the fire service is now urging all businesses to train their staff in how to use extinguishers and which type is appropriate for different types of fire.
"Employers have a responsibility to protect their staff, visitors and premises from fire," Steve Best of Newflame, Peterborough, told the website.
Most workplaces now require the provision of two water-based extinguishers, with other risks being separately assessed for the provision of other types of extinguisher.
Research shows that, when properly installed and serviced, fare safety equipment is estimated to save the economy over £500 million a year.
© Adfero Ltd
24 Mar 2006