Fire Extinguishers – The legislation and requirements
Fire Extinguisher Servicing is obligatory under the Fire Safety Order of 2005 and all business environments must make a provision for portable fire extinguishers. This is outlined in article 13 of the Fire Safety Order. It is estimated that 4 out of 5 small fires are put out by extinguishers before the fire brigade is called out or even arrives. It is vitally important that your business has the correct type of fire extinguisher and number of extinguishers to cater for the size of your building and the fire risks within it. Indeed, when a business is over a certain size it is important to adhere to fire systems inspection legislation by organising regular inspections.
Fire extinguisher servicing & maintenance
As well as making a provision for fire extinguishers, all efficient fire extinguisher maintenance and servicing should be in accordance with BS 5306-3 2009 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 very hazardous and dangerous to your working environment and the people within it. This why it is vital to have your extinguishers serviced on an annual basis by a qualified IFEDA engineer and to check whether you have the correct fire equipment for your risks.
As an organisation FSSSouth can carry our fire extinguisher servicing to most parts of the UK but we concentrate our fire extinguisher maintenance mainly in the London area down to the South Coast.
Depending on your requirements click on the tabs below for extinguisher servicing or extinguisher installation. For guidance on the types of fire extinguishers click on the which extinguisher tab.
“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
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Classes of Fire
|CLASS A Wood, Paper and Textiles|
|CLASS B Flammable liquids|
|CLASS C Gases|
|CLASS D Metals|
|CLASS F Oils and Fats|
|Note there is no class E fire.|
|All electrical fires are associated with CO2 extinguishers.|
Further guidance on Fire Extinguishers
If you would like guidance from our team call us now on 02392 696 596. We have fire extinguisher servicing technicians in all areas to help and answer any questions in relation to fire extinguisher maintenance and installation.
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Fire Extinguisher Servicing – London, Manchester, Birmingham and throughout the UK
The annual fire extinguisher servicing includes specific checks such as the following:
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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.
We also run risk assessments and can supply the right inspector for your project.
To book your fire extinguisher servicing or fire extinguisher maintenance call our office on 02392 696 596 for an appointment.
Minimum requirement under BS5306 part 8 2012 is 2 x water based(water or foam). If your area is greater than 400sqm then you will require an additional extinguisher per 200 sqm. In addition to this you are required to cover electrical risk usually with a Carbon Dioxide extinguisher.
Minimum of once a year
In a typical “sterile” environment such as an office you will usually require water/foam and co2 extinguishers.
Usually at entrances and fire exits and any server/plant rooms.
Under BS 5306 all extinguishers should be hung on brackets on walls or placed on suitable extinguisher stands(stands are becoming more popular due to their mobility.
Under EN3( European Standards) all extinguishers are red. In more design conscious areas more and more businesses are opting for Chrome extinguishers. These extinguishers comply with British Standards.