Why do I need to carry fire extinguisher testing out?
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is a legal requirement. It requires UK businesses to have independent fire extinguisher testing completed every year.
What is Fire Extinguisher Servicing?
Fire extinguishing testing & servicing is a legal requirement for any business. If any minor repairs are needed then our engineers can do them on the same day. This ensures that should the worst happen, everyone in your business is safe and no one gets injured
Full and thorough checking of all components of fire extinguishers include:
- Security Devices
Regular fire extinguisher servicing is not just necessary for obvious practical reasons, it is also a requirement by law and, if you own or manage a commercial building it is your responsibility to ensure periodic maintenance is conducted to ensure you stay compliant. We provide complete management of all your fire safety equipment, including the servicing and maintenance of your fire extinguishers.
All of your equipment is tested by fully qualified engineers in accordance with BS 5306 Part 3 (and BS 6643 Part 1 where required), so you can rest assured that you will accurately meet all your legal requirements and contractual obligations.
Fire and fire extinguisher testing categories
Currently, materials present in the area to be protected from fire in the UK can be divided into 6 categories of fire involving different substances:
- Class A, combustible carbon-based solids eg paper, wood or textiles
- Class B, flammable liquids eg paraffin, petrol, diesel or oil (but not cooking oil)
- Class C, flammable gases, eg butane, propane or methane
- Class D, burning metals, eg aluminium, lithium or magnesium
- Fires caused by electrical equipment (indicated by an electric spark symbol and not the letter E)
- Class F, fats and cooking oils.
It is very important that you have the right type for the risk, business and location. The following types of extinguishers can be used to quench the various types of fire:
- Class A – water, water mist, foam, dry powder, wet chemical
- Class B – water mist, foam, dry powder, CO2, some wet chemical
- Class C – water mist, dry powder
- Class D – specialist dry powder
- Electrical – some water mist, some foam, CO2
- Class F – water mist, wet chemical
How many fire extinguishers do I need?
- The regulations state that a minimum of two Class A fire extinguishers on every floor of a building are needed, unless the premises are very small, in which case one may be acceptable. Three- or six-litre foam, or nine-litre water, are the most frequently found types, although others are likely to be needed as well, most commonly CO2 extinguishers for electrical fires.
- All premises with electrical equipment (which covers most premises) must have at least 2kg CO2 extinguishers, 5kg if there is 415-Volt rated equipment.
- The number required depends on the size of the area to be protected and whether the business is classed as low or high risk. As a basic rule of thumb, the floor area in square metres should be divided by 200 and rounded up to calculate how many nine-litre water or equivalent extinguishers are necessary.
- If there is a sprinkler or automatic suppression system in place, fewer fire extinguishers may be required.
We are extremely proud of the superior standard of workmanship we provide and our competitively low, and affordable prices
Once the fire extinguisher testing service is complete, your engineer will log all of the information and send it to the office, where an invoice, report and record of your service will be created and sent to you – this information, along with a list of all your equipment will be stored online, allowing you access to the most up to date information at all times.
How much will it cost?
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