Maintenance – legislation & requirements
Servicing is obligatory under the Fire Safety Order of 2005 and all business environments must make provision for portable fire extinguishers.
Which is why it’s vitally important to not only have the correct number, type and location of fire extinguishers… but have them maintained so they work at the point when they’re needed.
As well as making a provision for fire extinguishers, all efficient fire extinguisher maintenance and servicing should be in accordance with BS 5306-3 2017 and part 8 2012. This is a legal obligation and falls under the Fire Safety Order of 2005 and is outlined in article 17 of the Order. It will also keep your equipment in good working order and make sure they are always located in the correct places within your environment.
The latest regulations for fire extinguisher servicing is set out in BS 5306 part 8 2012 which came into effect in January 2012 covers the selection and positioning of portable fire extinguishers.These updated regulations state that some extinguishers are not suitable for certain fire fire risks which they were previously used for. As standards and technology improves we all have to keep up to date with the modern equipment available for use on fires. These will in turn help protect your business from fire and unnecessary damage.
Having the wrong fire extinguishers is hazardous to your working environment and dangerous for the people within it which is why it is vital to have extinguishers serviced on an annual basis by a qualified IFEDA engineer and to check whether you have the correct fire equipment for your risks.
“You must ensure that the premises and any equipment provided in connection with firefighting, fire detection and warning, or emergency routes and exits are covered by a suitable system of maintenance and are maintained by a competent person in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.”
Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
Annual fire extinguisher servicing includes specific checks such as:
|Discharge horn/hose||Corrosion of body|
|Signage||Type and usage|
All fire extinguisher servicing should be carried out with the correct tools and equipment and the results logged on the maintenance label which is attached to the side of the fire extinguisher. All extinguisher servicing checks should finally be dated and logged in the clients Fire Safety Log Book. There are a variety of options available including suppression and passive systems. If you are looking for more complex systems, please call us on the number below and we can discuss your options.
Minimum of once a year.
- Location of extinguisher is correct.
- Suitable for the risk.
- Located on a stand or fixed on a bracket to the wall with correct identification sign
- Check for any obvious visible body damage.
- Check hoses and horns are clear from debris.
- Check pressure gauge.
- Check safety key and change tamper seals.
- Check weight of extinguisher.
- Change all O rings and seals.
- Check manufacturers operating instructions are legible and in English.
- Body can corrode due to a number of reasons – environmental and age.
- Discharge horns can break or split.
- Discharge hoses can split.
- Pins can bend or break.
- Seals can split due to annual wear and tear.
- Contents can leak.
- Pressure can lower due to leakage.
- Yes – due to the contents and environment they’re kept in.
- Water and foam suffer more from corrosion than co2 due to the contents and body shell (water- Steel bodied, Co2 –aluminium bodied)
- Extinguishers can be dangerous to handle if they’re corroded.
- If seals are split contents can leak and be harmful to the user.
- Inner linings can split and become detached
- Syphon tubes can become detached
- £55 for up to 4 extinguishers including minor parts. £5 for each additional extinguisher.
Paul has been with us since 2011 and leads the technical side in London.
BAFE & IFEDA Certified.
George covers the North West.
BAFE & IFEDA Certified.