Buying Fire Extinguishers online

Have you ever considered buying Fire Extinguishers online?

The internet’s popularity for buying products, has grown vastly over the years. We can now purchase anything we want, normally delivered very quickly and at a lower cost than visiting a store. But is this the right way to buy your fire safety solutions? Have you ever considered buying Fire Extinguishers online? Is it cheaper and what do you get for your money?

A search online will bring up a variety of options for purchasing Fire Extinguishers. The temptation to compare the cost from the internet to a quote received from a Specialist Fire Protection Company is becoming more common place. Have you considered why these items can be sold at a lower price?

This quick search will bring back results that look competitive and much less than your regular extinguisher provider. Is it too good to be true?

The answer is most of the time yes!

The extinguisher price displayed online appears lower, once added to the basket, delivery charges apply. (And VAT). Most of the time there is a minimum spend to get free delivery so if you are a small business owner you may not qualify. The online basket will then offer upsell options such as installation and commissioning of the extinguisher. These were not included in the original price advertised. Call out charges for installation, labelling and certification (per extinguisher) also apply.

An extinguisher that was originally at a lower cost is now not competitively priced against a specialist supplier.

Buying Fire Extinguishers online

Knowing your extinguisher will work in the event of a fire is reassuring, along with legal compliance. You need to know it will operate; you need to know it is fit for purpose! Just like the brakes on your car mean you can stop, a correctly specified, working fire extinguisher will assist in the extinguishing of a fire.

A small fire that could be extinguished with a fire extinguisher, can very quickly spread in the right conditions. The devastation both to property and potentially to people through lack of compliance to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 may lead to prosecution. Who will you make a claim against for any failure?

The Fire Authorities investigate fires, these can result in breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire safety) Order 2005. The investigation will look at proof of competency for any organisation supplying or maintaining fire safety equipment at the premises. Insurance companies will also look at these records. If you cannot prove compliance through competence of service and product providers, there is a chance your insurance won’t pay out on the claim in full. The recognised standards must be met.

Our advice would always be to purchase from a third party accredited, BAFE approved company like ours. This is not a sales ploy; we want to offer an education to everyone about the importance of complying with your legal obligations and ensuring we give advice suited to our customers and their needs.

So, before buying fire extinguishers online, why not talk to us? If you are unsure about your responsibilities, or worried your equipment is not compliant we are more than happy to help. We offer free site surveys and quotes with no obligation.

Our passion for working with our customers on their fire safety ensures you have the peace of mind that your premises, people, and legal obligations are fulfilled.

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