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  1. #1
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    Mar 2007
    Colorado Springs, CO

    Default Fire Extinguishers Banned - For Safety Reasons

    Across the pond the Brits have decided that fire extinguishers pose a safety risk because they may cause building occupants to remain in a building (to fight a fire) rather than escaping. So they are banning them.

    Fury at canister 'risk in tower blocks' | Health & safety ban fire extinguishers | The Sun |HomePage|News

    FIRE extinguishers are being banned from blocks of flats – after they were branded a health and safety RISK.

    11 Mar 2008

    The canisters could be dangerous if people use them without training, risk assessors said.

    And they could encourage people to stay and tackle a blaze rather than flee.

    The Fire Service is backing the ban – which could be brought in across the country under new rules.

    But Mike Edwards, 61 – who lives in a ten-storey block where extinguishers are to be banned – branded the decision “ludicrous”.

    He said: “I was absolutely staggered – Britain has gone mad. How can removing extinguishers be safe?

    “If you are trapped in a burning building, you will certainly work out how to use an extinguisher.

    “Our oldest resident is 103, but even she said she could work out how to use one in an emergency.”

    The retired printer, of Bournemouth, Dorset, said people at a nearby block were “worried sick” about fires after their extinguishers were taken away.

    He added: “The Fire Service can’t quickly get their equipment above the eighth floor – so if someone is trapped they are now just expected to sit and burn.”

    The Government’s new Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order says every private block of flats must be risk assessed.


    Extinguishers have already gone from communal areas at 13-storey Admirals Walk in Bournemouth.

    A letter to residents from agents said: “Unless all residents are trained to operate the fire extinguishers, there is no legal requirement to maintain these in communal areas of residential blocks.”

    Pete Whittaker of Dorset Fire and Rescue said each block would be judged separately over whether it should have the canisters.

    He said: “In some cases, they are no longer needed and are more of a hazard.

    “We do not want to encourage people to leave their flat to fetch a fire extinguisher from a hallway and then return to a blaze – we want people to get out safely.”

    He said new building regulations meant that all escape routes should be fireproof anyway.

    The ruling comes months after Bournemouth Council stopped lending armbands at its swimming pools over health and safety fears.

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  2. #2
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    Mar 2007
    Spring Hill (Nashville), TN

    Default Re: Fire Extinguishers Banned - For Safety Reasons

    Well, they do have a point. I know that Boy Scouts use to require "fire" buckets at every tent at their own campgrounds and reservations. Then back in the mid 1990's they realized that folks were getting hurt trying to put out tent fires. So they changed their policy. Now they say to "strike" (knock it down) the tent if possible and if not just let it burn they way it is.

    Since they started this new policy, the injuries from tent fires have just about gone way done to almost nothing.

    Scott Patterson, ACI
    Spring Hill, TN

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    Default Re: Fire Extinguishers Banned - For Safety Reasons

    I agree w/ Mike's "ludicrous" statement, just my opinion.......


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