You will really only find the true cost of buying from a non proven source such as the internet or catalogue when the equipment is needed in a real fire situation. Are you certain it will operate when needed? Just like the brakes on your car when something happens in front of you and you need to stop FAST.
The first thing you see when browsing the internet is, often the same or similar products to those available through your service provider. These products can often be substituted by the selling company, how will you know?
Fire Authorities will investigate fires and will prosecute for breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, proof of competency for the organisation supplying and maintaining your fire fighting equipment will need to be shown as part of the investigation.
Insurance companies investigate all claims and will certainly want to see proof of competency for the organisation supplying and maintaining your fire fighting equipment, if you cannot prove that you have complied with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which requires you to ensure the competence of service and product providers and have at least met the recognised standard codes of practice for provision of fire fighting equipment you may have a difficulty in getting a full insurance payment, what will that mean to you and your business?
Should you have a small fire and attempt to put it out using a portable fire extinguisher which fails to operate, who will you make a claim against for the failure?
Purchasing from a proven source, Third Party accredited and BAFE approved, with appropriate liability & efficacy insurances, employing trained and qualified personnel with appropriate competency, ongoing training and audited for quality of service delivery is the only way to ensure you will be purchasing a quality product, delivered commissioned and installed by a competent Technician. This ensures compliance for provision of portable fire fighting equipment under the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Having purchased new extinguishers you may have old extinguishers to be removed from site, they will need to be disposed of safely and legally, unless the organisation taking them away are registered waste carriers and use a registered waste disposal contractor to ensure they are disposed of in accordance with regulations you will both be in breach of the law and liable to prosecution under the Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991 or The Groundwater Regulations 1998.
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