As an organisation, you have a duty of care to ensure a qualified and competent maintenance provider is employed to install and maintain your firefighting equipment. As the responsible person, you must ensure that your business fulfils the requirements of British Standard 5306. Sedgemoor Fire Prevention Ltd can help you ensure that you are fully compliant.
Fire extinguishers must be commissioned on site by a competent person - typically a BAFE or IFEDA certified fire protection company. Being part of such schemes involves thorough checks to ensure we are capable.
Maintenance of fire extinguishers is essential. Not only is it effectively a legal requirement but as extinguishers play such a crucial part in putting fires out before they get out of hand, it’s vital that they work if and when they’re needed. Without proper fire extinguisher maintenance your equipment can malfunction when needed the most.
Whilst extinguishers should be visually checked monthly, they must be serviced annually by a competent person. Sedgemoor Fire Prevention Ltd are third party accredited to carry out installation, commissioning and servicing of firefighting equipment.
Fire extinguishers must be given an extended service or replaced every 5 years. CO2 extinguishers should be replaced every 10 years unless they are damaged, have lost weight or been discharged.
It is also a legal requirement to keep a permanent record of all servicing, maintenance and inspections of fire extinguishers. These documents should specify:
Weekly checks ensuring equipment is in place and undamaged
Monthly Visual inspections to confirm the extinguisher is in place, unobstructed, visible, has operating instructions which are clean and legible, has not been operated, is undamaged, the pressure gauge or indicator (if fitted) shows it’s functional, seals and tamper indicators are not missing
Annual servicing by a competent person