Fire Extinguisher Testing
Ensuring that all fire extinguishers are fully functioning and well maintained throughout your building is an intrinsic part of the fire safety duty of care of all building operators and employers.
The law governing fire safety , including fire extinguisher testing, is The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO), which applies to non-domestic premises in England and Wales.In Scotland, Fire Safety is covered by Part 3 of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006 . The British Standard applicable to fire extinguisher maintenance is BS5306, which also provides guidance on the correct fire extinguisher for different types of fire.
According to fire extinguisher servicing requirements, all fixed and portable fire extinguishers in your building should be inspected on a monthly basis by a visual check which should be recorded. An annual safety service and associated fire extinguisher certification should be carried out by an accredited specialist, such as phs Compliance.
This is where phs Compliance comes in, providing you with a comprehensive fire extinguisher testing and maintenance service to ensure you maintain your legal obligations. Our fire extinguisher check service is the most exhaustive available.
For your peace of mind and supply chain quality, we are fully accredited under the stringent standards of BAFE (British Approvals For Fire Equipment), the independent third parties registration body for fire extinguisher technicians and service providers.
With over 160 operatives based throughout the UK, you can be sure that there is a phs Compliance fire extinguisher testing and maintenance expert available at all times.
Fire extinguisher testing service to ensure your fire extinguishers will function correctly for use in the event of a fire
Ensuring you have the correct type of fire extinguisher for different parts of your building
Advice on the correct number of fire extinguishers to cover your building
Advice on the siting and positioning of fire extinguishers throughout your building
1. Why is it essential to have approved fire extinguishers in my facility? Approved fire extinguishers are designed and tested to ensure they are effective in suppressing fires safely. Using non-approved extinguishers can be ineffective or even dangerous.
2. What is involved in a fire extinguisher test? A fire extinguisher test typically includes inspecting the extinguisher for damage, checking pressure levels, ensuring the nozzle is clear, and verifying that the tamper seal is intact. Regular testing ensures the extinguisher is in working condition.
3. What is a BAFE certificate of compliance, and why is it important? A BAFE certificate of compliance indicates that your fire extinguisher servicing provider meets high industry standards. It offers assurance that your fire safety equipment is serviced by qualified professionals.
4. How should I handle fires involving electrical equipment (Class B fires)? Fires involving electrical equipment require special consideration. It's crucial to use a fire extinguisher labeled as suitable for Class B fires (flammable liquids and gases) and avoid using water-based extinguishers, which can worsen electrical fires.
5. What types of fire extinguishers are suitable for Class B fires? For Class B fires involving flammable liquids and gases, you should use a fire extinguisher labeled as "BC," "ABE," or "CO2." These extinguishers are designed to smother and suppress flammable liquid fires safely.
6. How often should I schedule fire extinguisher service and testing? The frequency of fire extinguisher servicing and testing may vary depending on local regulations and the type of extinguishers in use. Typically, fire extinguishers should be inspected and serviced annually to ensure they are in proper working condition.
7. Can I service and test my fire extinguishers in-house, or should I hire professionals? While some basic visual inspections can be performed in-house by a competent person such as checking a pressure gauge, it is strongly recommended to have fire extinguisher servicing and testing conducted by qualified professionals. They have the knowledge and equipment to perform comprehensive inspections and ensure compliance.
8. What are the consequences of neglecting fire extinguisher servicing and testing? Neglecting fire extinguisher servicing and testing can result in malfunctioning extinguishers when they are needed most, putting lives and property at risk. It can also lead to non-compliance with fire safety regulations, potentially resulting in fines or penalties.
9. How can I identify the type of fire extinguisher needed for my specific needs? To determine the right fire extinguisher for your facility, consider the types of fire hazards present and consult with fire safety experts. They can provide recommendations based on your unique circumstances.
10. What other fire safety measures should I consider in addition to fire extinguisher servicing and testing? In addition to fire extinguisher maintenance, consider fire alarm systems, emergency evacuation plans, fire-resistant building materials, and employee training programs to create a comprehensive fire safety strategy for your facility.
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