Advice for the ‘Responsible Person’ on Fire extinguishers
Servicing and Maintenance
If you are an employer, you have a legal responsibility under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to ensure that the fire extinguishers within your workplace are regularly serviced, in order to keep them fully operational and in good condition, and that they are sited correctly. You may have been made aware of your obligations after having a Fire Risk Assessment carried out, similar to one that Spark-Risk can perform for you.
To ensure compliance with the RRO, a ‘responsible person’ within your organisation- someone who looks after the fire safety responsibilities within your business- should carry out a visual inspection, at least quarterly but ideally monthly, to confirm that the extinguisher has not been damaged or accidentally discharged.
If your organisation employs five people or more, you must also have a Fire Log Book, a written record of all service, maintenance and inspections.
Your extinguishers should be properly serviced once a year by a suitably qualified engineer (BAFE or IFEDA0 engineer, such as Steve at Spark-Risk). We can offer a full maintenance and testing package, including the sale of new fire extinguishers and fire blankets should it be apparent that you need any more. All service work is carried out to BS5306-3 2009, and Installation is to BS 5306-8 2012.
The manufacturer’s instructions will tell you what you need to do to keep your extinguisher in good working order. After an extinguisher has been used, even if only partially, it must be recharged according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Siting of extinguishers
Extinguishers should be positioned where they can be easily seen and located, available at all times for immediate use and fitted on brackets or stands where they will be readily accessible to people following an escape route.
They should ideally be hung securely on wall brackets, or alternatively located on suitable stands but not on the floor. If mounted on a wall, the carrying handle of larger, heavier extinguishers should be 1 metre from the floor, and smaller extinguishers 1.5m from the floor. Extinguishers should be sited in such a way that means it is not necessary to travel more than 30 metres from the site of a fire to reach an extinguisher. To avoid confusion, all extinguishers installed in any one building of single occupancy should have the same method of operation and be similar in shape, appearance and colour.
Spark-Risk can offer you servicing, maintenance, testing, supply or hire of all types of fire extinguisher for your business, all at a competitive price. If you would like more information, have any questions, or would like to take advantage of one of our services, please CONTACT US to speak to a member of our friendly & professional team, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!