Regular servicing and maintenance of your companies fire extinguishers is vital to ensure optimum levels of health and safety are met. At Iniga, our team works closely with businesses throughout Ipswich and the surrounding Suffolk area to deliver fire extinguisher maintenance at competitive prices. Discover how fire extinguisher maintenance is critical in the protection of your staff and business and how regularly they need to be serviced in today's blog.
Fire extinguishers for your business in Suffolk
Most fires begin small enough to be easily maintained and put out with a fire extinguisher. That makes fire extinguishers your first line of defence, but if you have not regularly had your fire extinguishers maintained it may not work when you most need it.
There are eight different types of fire extinguishers and fires must be fought carefully depending on the materials involved. Each extinguisher contains either specialist dry powder, standard dry powder, foam, water spray, water mist, water spray, wet chemical and carbon dioxide.
Fire extinguisher maintenance
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 places legally enforceable requirements on the "responsible person" and organisations for the safety of the relevant persons within the premises in the event of a fire. The "responsible person" must ensure that the premises and any facilities, equipment and devices provided in respect of the premise are subject to a system of maintenance and are maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and good repair.
British Standard 5306 Part 3 2009 recommends that all portable fire extinguishers undergo an annual fire extinguisher maintenance and service by a competent person. A competent person is defined as anyone appointed by the responsible person and someone who is qualified through training and experience to undertake the service and maintenance.
Spotting damage to your fire extinguisher
It is recommended that the businesses "responsible person" carries out a visual inspection of all extinguishers and fire safety equipment on a regular basis to determine if the extinguisher has been discharged or damaged. This inspection is recommended at monthly intervals and should be recorded in the premises fire safety logbook.
The date of the inspection should be written on the back of your annual maintenance tag attached to each extinguisher. Here is what to look out for:
- Make sure the fire extinguisher is easily accessible and not obstructed.
- Check for damage such as dents, cracks or rust on the outside of the extinguisher.
- Ensure the pin and tamper seal are in place and are not tampered with.
- Check the pressure indicators are in the operable range.
Fire extinguisher preventive and routine maintenance is crucial to protecting your people, property and assets. Iniga systems offer a complete and cost-effective solution that helps you stay in compliance with the recommendations of British Standard 5306 Part 3 2009.
Iniga fire extinguisher maintenance
Fire extinguisher maintenance should be carried out by a qualified engineer on a yearly basis. A qualified engineer will carry out a number of checks in order to establish if everything is in working order. Typical maintenance included in annual services includes:
- Visually inspect the fire extinguisher for corrosion and damage both internal and external.
- Checking for overall wear or damage, including safety devices, valves, operating mechanisms and gauges.
- Removal of the discharge hose and check for blockages and corrosion.
- Weighing the extinguisher and record the service level
Producing a certificate of inspection, a legal document carried out on the fire extinguishers that will be kept and stored by both the engineers and yourself to ensure you are complying with regulations and your yearly fire extinguisher maintenance has been carried out.
Book your fire extinguisher maintenance with Iniga today in Suffolk and surrounding areas.