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How Often Should Your Fire Extinguishers Be Serviced?

By July 18, 2022August 3rd, 2022No Comments

How Often Should Your Fire Extinguishers Be Serviced?

Fire extinguishers are a vital piece of your fire safety system. The fire extinguishers work to protect not just your business but your staff, visitors and the building. If a fire was to break out in your business, the fire extinguishers are there protect the building, staff and visitors from harm. Fire extinguishers are incredibly effective at outing fires out. However, this is only the case if they are working. To ensure they are working, your fire extinguishers should be serviced.

Your fire extinguishers should be serviced every 12 months. This service should be completed by a third party. The third party needs to be an accredited fire extinguisher engineer, like our engineers here at Jensen Security and Fire Systems.

Further to the annual visits when your fire extinguishers should be serviced, regular visual inspections need to take place too. These can be done in-house by a responsible member of the team. The visual checks should be completed once a month. During these inspections the fire extinguishers should be checked for any damage, tampering or loss.

The fire extinguisher service regulations are set out by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The regulations state that a basic service must be completed on all fire extinguishers every 12 months. This is to ensure the business and fire extinguishers are in accordance with BS 5036 regulations.

When your fire extinguishers are serviced, our accredited fire extinguisher engineer will typically check the general workings of the extinguisher. They will test the pressure gauge on the fire extinguisher. The engineer will also look at the head cap safety pin to ensure it is secure, in place and in good working order. Visual checks will be performed on the fire extinguishers too. They may need to change the O rings and replace necessary parts of the extinguisher such as the hose for example.

Once the fire extinguisher check is complete, our accredited fire extinguisher engineer will complete the maintenance label. These labels will be stuck on each fire extinguisher checked and approved. It will also include service history of the unit and when the next service is due.

Do you need your fire extinguishers to be serviced? Call our accredited fire extinguisher engineer to book your fire extinguisher service.