Protecting You & Your Business
At Compliant Services , we have fully qualiﬁed service engineers, trained to BAFE qualiﬁcation standards at your disposal who can travel to any location throughout Devon and Cornwall to maintain your ﬁre extinguishers.
Equipped with the latest tools, they are able to service any type of ﬁre extinguisher straight from their vehicle for your complete convenience.
All servicing is carried out to BS 5306-3 2017 standards, with our engineers attending a refresher exam every 3 years to ensure they are fully aware of any changes in legislation or best practice.
Our basic servicing includes all small parts, service tags, O’rings, certiﬁcation and extinguisher location inventory.
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How Often Should Fire Extinguishers Be Serviced?
A full fire extinguisher service is required to be completed on an annual basis. It is important also that you employ a reputable and experienced fire extinguisher service company who are able to service to standards as set out in BS5306 part 3, providing staff who are fully qualified BAFE fire extinguisher engineers.
Why Are Fire Extinguisher Services So Important?
There are a wide range of reasons why fire extinguisher services are so important. For example, each year fire extinguishers save the U.K economy over £500 million and prevent over 1,500 injuries. Fire extinguishers successfully extinguish the fire in over 80% of instances.
By law, all employers must provide staff with adequate means of tackling a ﬁre in the workplace. There is also a legal obligation for a competent person to at least, annually service the ﬁreﬁghting equipment to the standard of BS 5306 part 3.
This is explained in the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations, regulation 6: Where it is necessary to provide ﬁre extinguishing equipment to safeguard employees in the event of ﬁre, (BS 5306 Part 8) this equipment shall be maintained in an efﬁcient state, in efﬁcient working order and in good repair. (BS 5306 Part 3) As well as the annual inspection by a competent person, workplaces must also ensure that they carry out their own weekly ﬁre extinguisher checks.
Annual Fire Extinguisher Service
During a basic annual ﬁre extinguisher service, the engineer will carry out various procedures on the ﬁre extinguisher(s) depending on its make and type. Generally, the service includes:
- Checking all ﬁre extinguisher parts such as: valves, safety devices, gauges, and operating mechanisms.
- Checking for corrosion and damage
- Checking the weight is within the stated range
- Compiling a maintenance report or ’Certiﬁcate of Inspection’ - a legal record of the maintenance carried out on the ﬁre extinguishers to be kept by the customer and engineer.
An Extended Fire Extinguisher Service
An 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 - 3, states that water, foam, powder and wet chemical ﬁre extinguishers are required to have extended services every 5 years. For environmental reasons dry powder extinguishers are no longer discharge tested on site. Upon reaching 5 years the old extinguisher is removed and replaced with a new or factory refurbished unit.
Co2 ﬁre extinguishers must have a pressure test / overhaul test every 10 years. We carry out a ‘service exchange’ for Co2 ﬁre extinguishers that are due this test. What this means is that we exchange your old Co2 ﬁre extinguisher for a new or refurbished Co2 ﬁre extinguisher. This is more cost effective as it saves time spent on your premises, prevents a return visit from being necessary and ensures that Co2 ﬁre extinguishers are tested and recharged by specialists in certiﬁed testing stations.
Unsafe Fire Extinguishers
The main danger from damaged ﬁre extinguishers is from a risk of a sudden release of pressure or parts. This is due to the large amount of pressure required to discharge the ﬁre extinguisher when in operation.
Any rust or damage to pressure retaining parts such as threads, welds, excessive corrosion or pitting to the body of the ﬁre extinguisher must be taken seriously due the amount of damage an unsafe ﬁre extinguisher can do. Any ﬁre extinguisher with this type of damage must be removed and replaced to ensure the continued safety of you, your staff and your customers.
Authorisation Of Work
If any work required (e.g. an extended service, or replacement parts needed) is not authorised by the person in charge, we must record these ﬁre extinguishers as ‘not maintained’ and the non-compliance with the standard must be noted on the ‘non-conforming action’ section of the certiﬁcate of inspection. This documentation is kept by both parties and may be considered signiﬁcant in the event of a ﬁre ofﬁcers’ inspection or in the worst event, a ﬁre.
Each ﬁre extinguisher should be accompanied by appropriate safety signage indicating the type of ﬁre extinguisher. Compliant Services can supply these low-cost safety signs if required.
All ﬁre extinguishers should, where possible be wall mounted on a suitable bracket or placed on a ﬁre extinguisher stand. Fire extinguishers should never be used to prop doors open – especially ﬁre doors which should remain shut unless an automatic closing device has been ﬁtted.
Compliant Services also supply and install new ﬁre extinguishers which are manufactured to the very highest of standards with a 5 year guarantee. We will happily attend your site and oﬀer no obligation advice on size, type and location of ﬁre extinguishers to ensure your business is adequately protected.
It’s important to remember that when purchasing a new ﬁre extinguisher it will need to be commissioned in accordance with BS5306-3 by a fully qualiﬁed extinguisher engineer before use.
BRITISH STANDARD APPROVED MODELS
All of the equipment we provide is kite marked and approved to BS EN3 by the likes of Commander and Titan , some of the leading manufacturers of portable ﬁre extinguisher products. With ﬁre safety so imperative both in the home and business setting, you can have complete conﬁdence in the quality and reliability of our range.
INDUSTRY COMPLIANT FOR YOUR PEACE OF MIND
Each and every model in our extinguisher range fully complies with the standards and recommendations set out by the HSE in addition to all UK ﬁre brigades and insurance companies.
It’s important to remember that a ﬁre extinguisher is not a purchase and then forget about item. In order to ensure the equipment is in full working order and ready for use at any point, maintaining and servicing on an on-going basis is essential.