Fire safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers, fire alarms and even fire curtains, on the whole, do not have an indefinite lifespan. Instead, they require regular servicing and maintenance to ensure their upkeep and fire safety credentials.

For instance, the insides of extinguishers are prone to rust and corrosion. Welds, seams and seals can be weakened over time and fall prey to prolonged exposure to rust and pressurisation. In addition, it is also important to consider the physical damage that fire safety equipment often endures, for example, vandalism or defacement. In the same way, fire alarms and their batteries are at risk of becoming redundant.

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