SOME fire extinguishers sold in the country do not meet the proper standards.
Thus, there is a great risk of these fire extinguishers playing up when a fire breaks out.
Under the laws governing the National Fire Authority, it has no role in regulating the standard of fire extinguishers being sold in the country. As a result of the flaws in the fire legislations, the NFA is carrying out a review of the legislation to improve its services.
NFA CEO John O'Connor said the authority had received a lot of complaints from people about "unscrupulous fire agents".
"For example, if the fire equipment or extinguisher doesn't work, then the customer can't find the seller to complain," he said.
"Any person can register a company and start a business but if you want to set-up a fire service agent business, then you need to comply with certain things.
"We want the new legislation to set a standard for fire equipment and fire extinguishers being sold in the country."
Mr O'Connor said in light of the complaints, the NFA carried out inspections and determined that some fire extinguishers did not meet the Australian and New Zealand standards.
"We are purchasing the relevant standard equipment from Australia and New Zealand and inspecting them to see what fits Fiji's standard.
"We are also looking at the registration of electrical contractors, as the same thing is being faced with electrical equipment and items coming in.
"In most of the structural fires, we found that components of the bulb had melted, resulting in the fires. Like the fire extinguishers, we are faced with the same challenge on electrical equipment coming into the country."
Mr O'Connor said the NFA was working with the Fiji Electricity Authority and the Ministry of Trade and Commerce on the issue.