Question : WHY IS MY CURRENT FIRE EXTINGUISHER INSPECTION COMPANY WRITING NON APPROVED EQUIPMENT ON THEIR CERTIFICATE OF INSPECTION?
Answer : In the United Kingdom fire extinguishers are now manufactured to BS EN3, except wet chemical versions which are BS 7937. Any new fire extinguisher sold in the UK since 2002 has had to have a CE mark, it is an offence to supply any non CE marked new equipment.
The CE mark is quite complicated, but here goes,
Every component of the extinguisher, I.e the valve, the extinguisher body, has to have its own permanent CE Mark, i.e. stamped into the cylinder. The company assembling these parts into a extinguisher then has it's own CE mark number, this is the one usually found screen printed on the cylinders surface,.
Now the CE mark, in my opinion, has made the old faithful British Standard Kitemark in relation to fire extinguishers less of a selling point. The Kitemark means that the extinguisher has been assembled and tested in controlled conditions, in the pretty much the same way required to get the assembling companies CE mark. In the UK a enhancement of the BS Kitemark is the BAFE approval logo which incorporates the Kitemark.
The Fire Order 2005 states that extinguisher should be manufactured to BSEN3 but even older versions such as BS 5423 are perfectly acceptable until they reach there end of life. It makes no mention of Kitemarks, BAFE approval or any other approval. This marking of the certificate with non approved extinguishers is also not specified in BS5306-3 which is the servicing standard, it does say any extinguisher made from 2002, except a refurbished one, that does not have a CE mark is to be condemned.
So if your being given this Non Approved Extinguisher Spill, then ask whoever is saying it, which piece of legislation, law or standard are you referring to and please show me.
I only sell CE, Kitemarked and BAFE approved extinguishers as it just makes sense to have more approvals on the kit I sell. Do I service non approved or non Kitemarked extinguishers, yes I of every day probably and that's the way I will continue unless a change of servicing practices changes. My opinion is 'too many salesman pretending to be service technicians'.www.lhcfp.co.uk