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Version 1.0 - 01/09/2019


Clause 9 (Periodic Testing and Discharge)


Periodic Special Test of Discharge

The maintenance schedule recommended in clause 8 is designed to ensure that extinguishers will remain as reliable during long service as when new. Nevertheless, it is not desirable that extinguishers should remain in service indefinitely without a more thorough test. In some particular cases (for example, protein-based foam) the extinguishing material itself is liable to deteriorate and should be periodically replaced. It is recommended, therefore, that all extinguishers be test discharged at intervals not exceeding those given in 9.2. This may be conveniently accomplished by discharging the appropriate percentage of each type of extinguisher each year. Spare charges should be obtained in advance to recharge the extinguishers immediately after the discharge tests.

This provides a convenient opportunity for the training of personnel in the use of extinguishers. In the case of premises where a number of the same type of extinguisher are installed, it also gives an estimate of the reliability of that type of extinguisher.

Intervals of Discharge

The recommended times - in each case since the date of manufacture or the last actual discharge (test or otherwise) of the particular extinguisher body (see note 2).

Extinguisher Type                                                 Interval of Discharge                                          

Water (stored pressure)                                            Every 5 Years

Foam (all types)
Wet Chemical
Water (gas cartridge) Powder (gas cartridge)

Powder (stored pressure valve-operated)

Carbon dioxide (all types)                                         Every 10 Years then 10 thereafter at intervals not exceeding 5 Years

Powder (stored pressure primary-sealed)

Sedgemoor Fire Prevention Limited can provide test discharge or extended maintenance service, as well as demonstrate safe use of equipment.


General Advice

Extinguishers must be recharged if used or low pressure.

The owner or nominated person should visually check equipment at least monthly. It is a criminal offence to tamper with or abuse fire fighting equipment.
Look after your equipment.
If anyone borrows your extinguishers always ask for payment, extinguishers can be expensive to recharge.
Extinguishers can be dangerous if misused.
Never allow anyone to direct the discharge at a personʼs face without due cause. Ensure you and your staff are familiar with the types of extinguishers and their uses. Training videos are available for a nominal fee.
Never allow anyone to tamper with or unscrew any components from your extinguishers.
Do not remove from designated areas or use as doorstops.
Inspect extinguisher mounting periodically. Extinguishers are heavy and can hurt if dropped.
Regularly assess your needs or repositioning due to changing conditions. Regularly reassess the type of extinguishers needed and their impact on your personal safety and possessions, e.g. water based extinguishers on electrical fires, dry powder extinguishers causing a mess around food or delicate electronic equipment.
Local Fire Prevention Officers are usually very helpful.
Do not be afraid to ask SEDGEMOOR FIRE PREVENTION LTD staff if you have any doubts or queries relating to your equipment.

Useful Information - Fire Precautions in the Workplace Act, Dec 1997

From December 1997, if you run a business you are under a legal obligation to comply with the following:

  1. Assess the fire risks in the workplace (either as part of your general review of health and safety risks which you already carry out or, if you wish, as a specific exercise).

  2. Check that a fire can be detected in a reasonable time and that people can be warned.

  3. Check that people who may be in the building can get out safely.

  4. Provide reasonable fire-fighting equipment.

  5. Check that those in the building know what to do if there is a fire.

  6. Check and maintain your fire safety equipment.

In addition “Running Man” emergency Fire Exit and direction signs must be installed to the correct standard (BS 5499).

We are able to complete a fire risk assessment, provide you with a comprehensive range of British and European Kite marked Extinguishers and signage as well as service any existing equipment and certify it to British and European Standards.

As a local company we take a pride in looking after the people and businesses in our community, and to do it at an economic price combined with the very best of service.


We hope this information is of help, we very much look forward to being of service.



Sedgemoor Fire Prevention Limited Registered Office: Winters Barn, Bush Lane, Spaxton, Somerset TA5 1AH (hereafter called the company)


WHEREAS the Company has agreed with the Customer to inspect the First Aid Fire Equipment on the terms herein contained:

  1. To provide a periodical service of the Fire Appliances at the address shown overleaf in accordance with the current British or European Standards which are available on the premises at the time of inspection, reasonable facilities being provided for the companyʼs service engineers to carry out their duties.

  2. Service to be approximate period of 12 months, or earlier if called upon to do so.

  3. On each Service the Fire Appliances shall be examined and a report given of their condition. If any are found to be defective they are to be replaced or, if repairable, repaired and pressure tested (whichever applies). The cost of any repairs and any spare parts shall be charged separately. The customer agrees that the method employed in repairing, replacement or servicing the appliances under this Agreement shall be decided by the Company.

  4. Due to the uncertain nature of pressurised containers and spontaneous leaks, third party tampering, misuse, abuse, neglect or use without recharging, our service procedures only insure customers equipment is operational at the time of a completed service. No liability under any circumstances will be accepted for the condition, operational performance, and safety of any equipment or the mounting of equipment or any components after that time.

  5. It is the customers sole responsibility to ensure ongoing serviceability by regular visual checks (recommended in the British Standards as at least monthly).

  6. No liability will be accepted for any damage or injury caused during the use of an extinguisher, either directly or indirectly.

  7. The basis of this Agreement is that the Fire Appliances are to be examined periodically but no expense over and above the inspection and any recharging costs is to be incurred without the Customers permission.

  8. The Companyʼs liability shall be limited to the cost of replacing or servicing the Fire Appliances listed, but so that the Company shall not be liable for loss or damage arising by failure of same from whatever reason or howsoever arising.

  9. This Contract is transferable.

  10. The Company reserves the right at any time to amend the service charge at its discretion.

  11. Payment in respect of all invoices (except by special arrangement) shall be made upon completion. Reasonable interest or charges may be applied at the Companyʼs discretion on our due invoices.

  12. Termination: Either party can terminate this agreement by providing notice in writing on letter headed paper, not less than three months before the next service due date. Failure will result in the service value being charged.

Extract from our Invoice


MONIES OUTSTANDING BEYOND OUR NORMAL CREDIT TERMS: A credit charge of 2.5% per month will be applied to invoices over 30 days.

Any internal administration time and costs or outside agency fees incurred in recovering overdue amounts associated against this invoice will be added to the invoice totals.

RETENTION OF TITLE: All goods remain the property of Sedgemoor Fire Prevention Limited until the price has been paid in full and the customer shall remain a bailee only until payment is made.

COMPLAINTS: Any complaints by the customer relating to this invoice must be notified by the customer to the Company in writing within 14 days of the date of the invoice.