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How often do Fire Extinguishers need to be looked at/inspected/tested?

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that the premises must be equipped with appropriate fire-fighting equipment.

“It is the duty of the responsible person to ensure that extinguishers are maintained regularly by a competent person. Portable fire extinguishers are regarded as “life safety equipment” and a planned system of maintenance is intended to ensure that the equipment is:

  • in an efficient working state (safe)
  • in working order (reliable)
  • in good repair (efficient)
  • suitable for the hazard (fit for purpose).”

The British Standard for fire extinguishers, BS 5306-3 (Clause 6 - Table 1), states the maintenance intervals for each type of fire extinguisher.

Maintenance intervals for each type of fire extinguisher

Monthly Inspections of Fire Extinguishers

Monthly inspections can usually be carried out in-house by a member of the team. Checking fire extinguishers can be part of the regular fire safety procedures, along with checking access routes and testing your fire alarm.

You should check:

  • The fire extinguisher is still present in its designated location
  • No damage has occurred to the equipment
  • No obstructions are blocking the equipment from view or from easy access
  • The fire extinguisher is fully charged and operational

Fire extinguishers should also be routinely inspected by a competent service technician to ensure that they have not been discharged or lost pressure.

Annual Maintenance of Fire Extinguishers

BS 5306-8 (Clause 4.7) states “The extinguishers referred to in this part of BS 5306 should be commissioned, inspected, tested and maintained by a competent person in accordance with BS 5306-3”.  A competent person should also replace fire extinguishers that are no longer usable with serviceable extinguishers.

An engineer during the fire extinguisher service will check:

  • Condition and state of each fire extinguisher
  • Expiry dates
  • Condition of the pin and hose
  • Signs of tampering
  • Clarity of instructions and labelling
  • Correct pressure and weight

Once the engineer is completed servicing of fire extinguishers,  you will receive a report and the engineer will let you know if extinguishers need to be replaced.

It is noted in BS 5306-3 (Clause 11.4) that a fire log book should be kept by the person appointed for fire safety within a building for the purpose of recording all events that occur in respect of the extinguishers.

UK fire safety regulations require that all fire extinguishers must have an extended service every 5 years, in practice that means that the fire extinguishers will be replaced. In addition to carrying out the annual service, the engineers will check the internal and operating conditions during the extended service. The exception is CO2 fire extinguishers which need an extended service every 10 years.

Replacement can be done early in cases where fire extinguishers are damaged, used or worn out. Replacement should be done by properly trained professionals to ensure that all fire safety standards are met.

Your extinguishers will not be compliant with UK fire extinguisher legislation until they are commissioned. Checks during the commissioning process include checking the fire extinguishers have been appropriately assembled, the units are undamaged, hoses are attached correctly, and the units are of the right weight or pressure.

Fixfire® provides a professional Fire Extinguisher and portable Fire Fighting Equipment supply, installation and maintenance service. All works are carried out by our employed, uniformed, trained and accredited Fire Extinguisher engineers.

Works are completed in accordance with the following British Standards.

  • BS5306 Part 3 – Commissioning and Maintenance of portable fire extinguishers
  • BS 5306 Part 8 - Selection and positioning of portable fire extinguishers
  • BS5306 Part 9 - Recharging of portable fire extinguishers

Following each visit, a Certificate of Inspection is issued.

The Fixfire® Fire Log Book fits perfectly with our maintenance system and provides entries for engineer and user testing with dedicated sections for the storage of maintenance certificates.

Compliance with the current Fire Safety Law (Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005) is a tall order and keeping tabs on due dates across multiple assessments, checks and inspections without missing something is a real challenge.

Got a question about Fire Extinguisher Serving & Maintenance? Need Fire Safety Compliance advice?  Get in touch today!

For over 45 years, Fixfire® has been providing quality products, systems and services for Life & Property Protection. Whatever your requirement, please call our Compliance Team for expert advice and a refreshingly different approach.

Freephone 08000 89199

You provide a suitable up to date drawing of your building in either:
  • Hard copy
  • PDF
  • Or preferably AutoCAD (dwg) format
Depending on the availability of installation records and the complexity of the building, we arrange a visit to identify the zone number associated with each Fire Alarm Manual Call Point and Fire Detector (for practicality this may involve two engineers).
Fire Alarm Zone Chart is created.
Fire Alarm Zone Chart is supplied in A4 or A3 glazed frame for installation adjacent to your Fire Alarm Panel.

For over 45 years, Fixfire® has been providing quality products, systems and services for Life & Property Protection. Whatever your requirement, please call our Compliance Team for expert advice and a refreshingly different approach.

Freephone 08000 891999.

False Fire Alarms remain a huge concern within the education sector- interrupting already carefully scheduled, planned and well-prepared lessons or even causing major disruption and distress to exams.  

Clearly, these false alarms cause significant inconvenience and disruption to students, staff, and visitors. They compromise everyone’s safety in the school and present a significant risk to the local community since the Fire Brigade will prioritise the school over other emergency callouts.

Solutions you should consider:

Anti-tamper products

The first and most straightforward way is to use anti-tamper products.

Fixfire® supplies a wide range of solutions designed to protect Fire Alarm Devices from inadvertent damage or deliberate misuse/vandalism.

Products include:

  • Local plastic cover flaps which attach directly to manual call points.
  • The stopper consists of a clear, tamperproof, tough polycarbonate cover, frame and spacer that retrofits over a break glass call point. When lifted to operate the break glass unit, its optional battery powered integral sounder emits a piercing 96dB (at 1m). Immediate attention is drawn to the area and a prankster will either run or be caught!
  • A range of steel web stoppers designed to protect fire detectors and warning devices. They are constructed from heavy-duty galvanised steel rod which is plastic-coated for durability and external use.
  • A range of polycarbonate enclosures are available for the protection of devices such as fire alarm control panels and associated control equipment. The enclosures combine tough rugged construction with stylish design and offer excellent protection with a key lock for authorised access.

We also provide anti-tamper devices for fire extinguishers and associated products.

KeyCall® Call Point

KeyCall® is a patented anti-ligature Fire Alarm and Access Control call point. It is designed to use the same key as the doors, providing simple operation for staff whilst eliminating nuisance activations by service-users.

KeyCall® has been developed by Fixfire® specifically for approved applications where standard versions would be vulnerable to abuse.

It is one of the best solutions for SEN schools and it is also compatible with a wide range of Conventional and Addressable Fire Alarm Systems.

Conduct Fire Safety Training

Most fire safety courses offer a mix of classroom-based learning and practical training experience, educating attendees on how to respond in the event of an emergency.

 In order to fulfil your obligations under current Fire Safety Law, it is essential that you have a documented regime of Fire Safety tests and checks and personnel who are suitably trained to respond correctly in the event of an emergency.

All Fire Safety Training is provided by experienced, time-served and qualified persons from a Fire Safety background.

Video surveillance

Even if the cameras don't identify the culprit, they can identify who was in the area at the time of the false alarm activation. Fixfire® specialises in integration and will bring together your Fire, Access and Security systems providing enhanced functionality.

Fixfire® provides leading-edge integration with ancillary systems and equipment. Our mission is to deliver reliable, well-engineered installations that provide you with peace of mind 24/7.

Place fire detectors in the correct locations

Smoke detectors that are placed too close to kitchens, cooking appliances, locker rooms or bathrooms will most likely be accidentally activated by the smoke or steam emitted by these sources. Detectors might need to be relocated.

Smoke detectors are more sensitive and are installed in any environment where smoke or steam would not normally be present. Heat detectors are installed in areas such as kitchens where smoke detectors would constantly false alarm during routine cooking. Multi-sensors combine smoke and heat in one detector and offer immunity to false alarms in certain applications.

Use the right detector

New detectors have improved technology and can measure a range of conditions to potentially be more effective at detecting a fire condition.

Flush Fire Detectors ensure protection is not compromised in any areas where conventional ‘un-pluggable’ detection could be subject to abuse. It is widely used in SEN Schools.

Maintain your Fire System

Make sure the alarm system is properly and regularly maintained.

Fixfire® is BAFE accredited for the Design, Installation, Maintenance and Servicing of Fire Alarm Systems.

All works are carried out by our employed, uniformed and trained Fire Alarm engineers.
Following each visit, a Certificate of Inspection is issued.

Got a question about False Fire Alarms? Need Fire Safety Compliance advice?  Get in touch today!

For over 45 years, Fixfire® has been providing quality products, systems and services for Life & Property Protection. Whatever your requirement, please call our Compliance Team for expert advice and a refreshingly different approach.

Freephone 08000 891999

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