While placement of the right fire extinguisher is vital, it’s just as important that every measure is taken to protect the equipment from corrosion and vandalism. But more than simply being advisory, this requirement is actually stipulated within the British Standards.
Here, we take a look at why stands, cabinets and other protective products shouldn’t be overlooked and consider what needs to be prioritised in order to meet the highest quality standards.
Protecting from the elements
Following risk assessment and recommendation for the correct extinguisher to be installed, the next consideration should be methods for how to protect the equipment – not least because the responsibility is laid out in BS 5306 Standards. It explains that extinguishers stored outdoors or in corrosive atmospheres can become unsafe for use or inoperable. For that reason, it states steps should be taken to either protect the extinguisher or alternative extinguishers designed to withstand certain environments should be specified.
Depending on the premises and environment, extinguishers may be at risk from accidental damage (industrial areas), vandalism (schools) or corrosion (outdoor settings). But as British Standards points out, wherever extinguishers are in public access there’s a risk of vandalism – and even minor tampering can result in the equipment failing to operate properly when it’s required.
Why consider cabinets and stands?
It’s business premises and property owners’ responsibility to ensure that measures are taken to reduce the possibility of extinguishers being vandalised, stolen or subject to wear and tear. That’s why there’s a prime opportunity to advise on and encourage the use of fire extinguisher cabinets and stands. They effectively protect equipment from accidental damage and discourage people from misusing them.
Using a dedicated fire extinguisher stand or cabinet means the equipment won’t be exposed to dents, leaks and abuse or wear. Whether you require a single extinguisher stand or a double extinguisher stand, the Commander offering is a robust and resilient product that provides obvious and easy access to vital fire safety equipment when it’s needed urgently. Plus, this free-standing option is the perfect solution for where interiors are too precious – or it’s simply just not possible – to fix a bracket to the wall. A tubular extinguisher stand provides a similar minimalist overall look. These metal stands are a modern and discreet solution to fire extinguisher display and don’t in any way encroach on existing interior design.
Cabinets also protect against the elements, dust and dirt where extinguishers are required for installation outside. Rain and salty air can corrode metal connections, while the sun can fade writing on an extinguisher’s label, making the instructions difficult to read. It’s simply not worth the risk of leaving extinguishers unprotected when, in the event of a fire, every second is vital. A cabinet will ensure the extinguisher is protected from damage from any weather. Commander cabinets are resistant to environmental degradation, chemicals and many other extreme conditions, as they’re manufactured from remarkably robust ABS plastic. They’re available in highly visible colours and with a clamp and strap system inside to hold extinguishers firmly in place.
Choose a lockable cabinet for added protection and peace of mind. All cabinets have a viewing panel so the extinguisher can be easily located and quickly identified (appropriate signage should always be in place).
Want to know more about fire extinguisher stands and cabinets? View our products or contact us to find out more about how CheckFire can help you meet the requirements of British Standards and the needs of your customers.