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N’Assembly fire extinguishers expired since 2012

30 December 2016, 14:05

Abuja - Over 120 fire extinguishers among those installed at the National Assembly complex in Abuja have not been serviced for five years according to a report by Punch.

Investigations also indicated that they were last tested by technicians in 2011.

The majority of the Co2 fire-fighting equipment have no service certificates or maintenance records, a development that exposes the total lack of regular servicing of the installations.

The danger, according to experts, is that in the event of a fire outbreak, the installed equipment will be useless since they will most likely fail.

A senior service official in another government agency, Dr. Timothy Indinkpa, said, “Regular servicing of all extinguisher types is very important. It is a fire-fighting equipment and fire does not wait for you while you are struggling to operate the extinguisher.

“They are equipment meant to be ready to operate or brought alive as soon as there is a fire incident. This can only happen if they are in a regular state of maintenance.”

It was learnt that the majority of fire extinguishers were last serviced or certified to be in good condition in October, 2011.

The agency, which serviced the installations, had recommended that the next due date for servicing would be March 3, 2012.

This meant a six-month service interval, but the Management of the National Assembly ignored the service requirement for five years according to Today.

The service report on most of the extinguishers read “service date, 4/10/2011; expiry date, 3/3/2012.”

Investigations showed that between March, 2012, and December, 2016, no further status checks or service certificates had been issued on the fire extinguishers.

The worst-affected area in the National Assembly Complex is the White House, which receives thousands of visitors daily and also accommodates the chambers, where 360 Reps and 109 senators hold their plenary.

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