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 Post subject: UK May Ban Fire Extinguishers
PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 8:11 pm 
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Fire extinguishers could be removed from communal areas in flats throughout the country because they are a safety hazard, it has emerged.

The life-saving devices encourage untrained people to fight a fire rather than leave the building, risk assessors in Bournemouth decided.

There are fears that their recommendation, which has seen the extinguishers ripped out of several private, high-rise flats in the town, could set a national precedent.

Under the Fire Safety Order of 2005, fire assessments must be carried out to 'eliminate or reduce risk as is reasonably practical'.

But Mike Edwards, who lives in one of the blocks, said he was 'absolutely staggered' that risk experts thought it a safe decision.

'They are worried we will point them in the wrong direction or use the wrong extinguishers,' he said. 'But if you are trapped in a burning building, you will work out how to use one.'

The 61-year-old claimed his neighbours were now worried sick that a fire could break out.

Dorset Fire and Rescue defended the move, saying: 'Obviously, in some cases, an extinguisher could come in useful but, with new building regulations, every escape route should be completely fireproof.'

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents backed their removal because different extinguishers should be used on different types of fire.

But the Department for Communities and Local Government denied it would see them removed from all flats.

'Fire and safety regulations make clear that appropriate safety equipment must be provided,' said a spokesman.

Independent health and safety consultant Anthony Petitt suggested training people in their use – 'otherwise it's just putting people at risk'.

http://www.metro.co.uk/news/article.html?in_article_id=115014&in_page_id=34

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 Post subject: Re: UK May Ban Fire Extinguishers
PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 8:51 pm 
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Fire extinguishers could be removed from communal areas in flats throughout the country because they are a safety hazard, it has emerged.


I suppose next there will be a call to remove auto air bags because several people have received facial injuries from the bags inflating against their faces during an auto accident. :roll:

Some dilema....would you rather suffer some facial injuries, or be horribly mangled or killed from being flung against the dash and/or windshield.......

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