What you need to know about Fire Extinguishers
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What you need to know about Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are a safety provision that can sometimes be overlooked but would be the first item to locate in the event a small manageable fire broke out within your building or to aid the safe evacuation from a premises. Therefore it is important to provide, service and maintain these on a frequent basis to ensure your building is ready with the correct provisions in the event of an unexpected fire.

Legal Requirements

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 non-domestic premises have an obligation to carry out risk assessments and ensure the building is equipped with appropriate firefighting equipment, such as fire extinguishers.  

Non-domestic premises include all workplaces, commercial premises, premises the public have access to and the common areas of Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMOs). In HMOs, simple multi-purpose extinguishers should be placed on each floor in the common area with basic advice on how to use them provided to tenants.

Purchasing Extinguishers

When purchasing fire extinguishers, you should look for the Kitemark or LPCB mark to prove correct certification. Extinguishers also need to be certified on-site after delivery which a good supplier should offer with installation. Do not accept certification prior to delivery as this is not deemed as acceptable as extinguishers could be damaged during transit.

There are a lot of purchase options available on the internet but beware that going for cheaper options and installing these yourself can put you at risk of legal action if they are relied upon and found to be defective. Moreover, there are different types of extinguishers for all different types of fires and a risk assessment should be conducted to determine exactly what type of extinguisher would best suit the property.

Training, Testing and Maintenance

Training should be provided to individuals who may need to use the extinguishers in place as failure to do so could put the user at risk or exacerbate the issue. 

Fire extinguishers also require regular inspection, testing and maintenance which need to be recorded in a fire safety log book. Monthly visual checks should be completed by a responsible person to ensure there are no signs of tampering or damage accompanied by an annual maintenance service to be completed by a BAFE extinguisher servicer to BS 5306-3 standard with the discharging of extinguishers every 5 or 10 years depending on the type of extinguisher.

What to do next

We are experts in property insurance and understand all the issues surrounding fire risk management, so if you’d like more information, or would like us to review your cover please call our experts now on:

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