MED stands for Marine Equipment Directive, and it is the EU standard for all equipment used on board EU ships. Equipment installed on any vessel that flies the flag of an EU member state, as well as Norway, Iceland and certain other countries, must be marked with the MED conformity mark (the ‘wheel mark’).
Achieving MED approval means that the equipment has passed rigorous testing designed to ensure that it is suitable for use in the harsher environments found aboard sea-going vessels – including oil rigs, passenger ships and container ships.
The extinguishers themselves work in much the same way as you would expect a land-based fire extinguisher to – there is a nozzle that is pointed at the fire, and a handle that is squeezed to release the contents of the extinguisher. The MED marking means you can be confident that these units will operate as expected in marine environments.
The MED directive is in place for three key reasons:
Using MED-approved fire extinguishers means that you are meeting all three of those requirements, as well as ensuring that you are in compliance with Europe-wide regulations. Of course, the fire extinguisher itself provides you with the effective means to combat any fires that break out on your property, vehicle or vessel.
The First Mats range of MED-approved fire extinguishers includes:
Based in the Midlands, First Mats is a well-known supplier of health and safety equipment to a range of industries and environments. Our MED-approved fire extinguishers are supplied with free delivery (on orders over £45) across the United Kingdom and are backed up by our commitment to providing the highest possible levels of customer support – a commitment which is reflected in our 4.9 out of 5-star rating on Trustpilot. Our rating is one of the best on the web.