Fire Extinguisher Service Regulations and Servicing of your Extinguishers. By law, employers must provide their staff with adequate means of tackling a fire in the workplace. There is also a legal obligation for a competent person to annually service the fire extinguishers to standard BS 5306 part 8. In addition, all fire extinguishers must be maintained in working order and in good repair in between the services. This means that workplaces must also ensure that they carry out their own checks, at least monthly.
Check for any sign of tampering. This may be missing or broken tamper tags or pins. Look for any signs of discharge. This may be water, powder or foam traces on the hose or horn of the extinguisher. Gauges showing low or high pressure (usually indicated by red). Any damage to fire extinguishers, rust, dents, missing parts etc. Workplaces with a high risk of damage to their fire extinguishers such as those kept on haulage vehicles should be particularly vigilant. Any damaged extinguishers must be replaced immediately or repaired.
A ‘competent person’ is defined by the British Standard as: ‘a person with the necessary training and experience, with access to the relevant tools, equipment and information, manuals and knowledge of any special procedures recommended by the manufacturer of the portable fire extinguisher, to be capable of carrying out the relevant maintenance procedures of this standard’. Our qualified technicians undergo refresher training every 3 years to keep their industry knowledge up to date. Our engineers are under the BAFE registered service technicians scheme number SP101/ST104.
During a basic annual service, the fire extinguisher technician carries out various procedures on the fire extinguishers depending on their make and type. Generally, the service includes: Checking all fire extinguisher parts such as: valves, safety devices, gauges, and operating mechanisms. Checking that the pressure and weight is within the stated range. Issuing a ’Certificate of Inspection’ – a legal record of the maintenance carried out on the fire extinguishers to be kept by the customer and technician.
Extended service generally involves carrying out a test discharge on the fire extinguisher, checking internal and external parts, then recharging the fire extinguisher ready for use, if deemed safe by the engineer. BS 5306 – 8, states that water fire extinguishers, foam fire extinguishers, powder fire extinguishers and wet chemical fire extinguishers require an extended services every 5 years. Co2 fire extinguishers must have an overhaul & pressure test every 10 years. We carry out a ‘service exchange’ for co2 and powder fire extinguishers due to be discharged. This entails exchanging your old extinguisher for a new or refurbished extinguisher.
Each extinguisher must be accompanied by appropriate fire extinguisher wall signage. These signs indicate the type of extinguisher and give instructions about the use of the specific extinguishers.
All fire extinguishers should, where possible, be wall mounted on a suitable bracket or placed on a fire extinguisher stand. All our extinguishers are supplied with the relevant wall bracket. Fire extinguishers should never be used to prop doors open – Especially fire doors which should remain shut unless an automatic fire door retainer has been fitted.
We are happy to provide FREE surveys and quotations for the supply/service of your fire extinguishers. Contact us today using the Contact Form
“Why do fire extinguishers need commissioning if they are new?” OR “Why does this have to be done on site?”
The Commissioning of a new fire extinguisher is a vital part of the service we provide.
When purchasing fire extinguishers, always look for the kitemark and the CE mark to ensure they meet the requirements of BSEN 3. These quality marks ensure that you have bought equipment that has been thoroughly tested and approved.
You will need a BAFE approved fire extinguisher engineer (a person with the knowledge and training that allows them to competently service portable fire extinguishers in accordance with the requirements of BS 5306 Part 8).
We carry out several tests out on the fire extinguisher during Fire Extinguisher Commissioning to ensure that it has not been damaged during transit and that it is fit for purpose.
Please note that this must be done before the fire extinguisher is mounted or placed in its designated area (this will be checked by the engineer to ensure the customer has purchased the right equipment if they have purchased it elsewhere. (If you are unsure of which type of fire extinguisher to buy phone us today or fill in our contact form and we will be happy to give you free fire safety guidance.)
Upon satisfactory results, a service label will be placed on the fire extinguisher signed by the engineer and a BAFE certificate will be issued for your insurance purposes.
We supply many different types of events including Industrial, Corporate and Public with Fire Equipment on a Temporary Hire Basis.
Fire Regulations apply to many events including:
This can range from many fire points with stands, first aid kits and fire bells on an Industrial Site for a few months to one or two extinguishers for a family gathering where you require adequate fire cover for a music system or barbecue.
Your fire safety is our main concern, if you aren’t sure what fire equipment you require please contact us and we will be happy to give you free advise and a pricing guide.