I wanted to ask you all to check how your defibrillator is stored, as you may be unaware that costly damage could be occurring without you realising it!
I provide lots of businesses/parish councils with an annual check of equipment, keeping an eye on expiry dates, etc, similar to the PAT test, it provides a certificate to say an annual check has been carried out.
On my travels, I have noticed that many cabinets have been sited incorrectly, and some defibrillators could be damaged, with the manufacturer advising that they will not repair under warranty. Specifically, outside cabinets, should not be in direct sunlight as there is a danger of condensation forming within the cabinet and damaging the components.
In a first aid emergency you need everything working correctly.
Obviously, if the unit has an appropriate IP rating this is not an issue, but in most cases it will not. Despite some cabinets having drains, temperature control etc, if this moisture does get in most suppliers will not repair free of charge, it is a little like the mobile phone in the bathroom scenario.
Please do check your site, if it is in the sun, it is worth moving it, they are an expensive piece of kit and you need it to live a full life!
Any questions, happy to help, just get in touch