Annual service of fire extinguishers
Duddon Fire offer simple annual service plans to suit your requirements and keep your fire extinguishers up to date. All service work is carried out to British Standards by a fully trained FETA qualified service technician.

Legislation & Servicing Information.
Each year fire extinguishers save the UK economy over £500 million.
Prevent over 1,500 injuries.
Successfully extinguish the fire in over 80% of instances.

Regulations:
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 fire fighting 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.

Competent person:
A ‘competent person’ is defined by the British Standard as: ‘a person with the necessary training and experience, with access to the relevant tools, equipment and information, manuals and knowledge of any special procedures recommended by the manufacturer of the portable fire extinguisher, to be capable of carrying out the relevant maintenance procedures of this standard’.
All of Duddon Fire’s engineers are FETA qualified and undergo refresher training every 3 years to keep their industry knowledge up to date.

Annual Service:
During a basic annual service, the engineer carries out various procedures on the fire extinguisher 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 internally and externally for corrosion
  • 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.
Extended Service:
Extended services generally involve carrying out a test discharge on the fire extinguisher, checking internal and external parts, then recharging the fire extinguisher for 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.
Co2 fire extinguishers must have a pressure test / Overhaul test every 10 years. We carry out a ‘service exchange’ for co2 fire extinguishers due this test. That is, we exchange your old co2 fire extinguisher for a new or refurbished, tested 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 or 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 extinguishers with this type of damage must be condemned to ensure the 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..

Safety Signs:
Each fire extinguisher should be accompanied by appropriate safety signage indicating the type of fire extinguisher.
Duddon fire stock a wide variety of low cost safety signs.

Wall mounting;
All fire extinguishers should, where possible be wall mounted on a suitable bracket or placed on an 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.
We can provide brackets and wall mount fire extinguishers for a small charge. We also sell fire extinguisher stands and a new product called ‘dorgard’ - Dorgard is the wire free acoustically activated fire door hold open device designed for a range of environments including universities, residential care facilities, places of work and hotels.

More info:
This guide is intended as a brief explanation of terms and as an overview of the standard. For further information. Please refer to:
  • BS EN3
  • BS 5306 part 3 and 8
  • Fire precautions (Workplace) regulations 1999
  • Fire Safety - An Employers guide. (HSE Books)







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