BFP warned public against buying substandard fire extinguishers

February 12, 2013 1:31 am 

QUEZON CITY, Feb. 11 — In a bid to stop proliferation of substandard fire extinguishers, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Officer-in-Charge Carlito Romero on Monday warned the public against buying substandard fire extinguishers and similar products.

Romero said his warning was an offshoot of a raid conducted in a warehouse by the National Bureau of Investigation recently, where they confiscated several tanks of substandard fire extinguisher in Dagat-Dagatan, Caloocan City.

The owner of the warehouse failed to show documents that they have corresponding papers to sell and they have passed the standard set by BFP.

He pointed out that aside from being unlicensed, these units will not guarantee the end users of quality service since it did not pass the imported commodity standard.

“Ni hindi nga ito na-subject sa tamang proseso kaya tiyak hindi ito sang-ayon sa specifications,” Romero said in a teleconference interview.

According to Remero, buying fire extinguishers the public should make it sure that the items have complied with the standards set in terms of pressure and quality.

The only thing these substandard items favor to the end-user is the price which is far cheaper than the branded ones but the safety is no guarantee.

“Mura nga pero ang quality nya ay mababa. . . baka hindi pa tumagal,” the BFP chief said.

He emphasized that purchasing unbranded names which did not pass the standard could turn all hard earned appliances, furniture and the like including your house into ashes. (PNA)

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