Extinguishers to be greener in the UK

Published:  13 May, 2015

Regulations dealing with the procedures and technical requirements for refilling portable fire extinguishers have been revised in the UK in a ‘landmark for common sense and sustainability for our planet’s resources’.

The revised version of BS5306 Part 9 is believed to be the first in Europe to tackle the problems of sustainability. It now allows for the re-use of fire fighting powder following extended service providing correct procedures are employed. It also allows the use of generic refills and parts providing they are correctly verified.

The Independent Fire Engineering & Distributors Association (IFEDA) has warmly welcomed the publication of the revised edition, pointing out that the previous standard made it almost impossible for any service technician to stock the myriad of components required to refill equipment at customers’ premises.

The new standard allows the use of ‘verified alternatives’ as well as the re-use of chemical dry powder. “Reputable fire protection companies have always sought to maintain existing equipment rather than the scandalous waste of throwing away perfectly good fire-fighting medium and equipment when a replacement is required and at the five yearly extended services. There is no longer any excuse for this environmentally bad practice and I believe this revision goes a long way in reversing a trend”, commented Robert Catanzaro, member of the working team which spent over two years undertaking the revision.

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