An extinguisher service is an annual requirement for the responsible person of commercial premises. To comply with British Standards, all fire extinguishers need to be inspected and serviced by a qualified engineer, with any necessary replacements or repairs being carried out shortly after.
So, what exactly happens during an extinguisher service? And what can you expect to happen thereafter?
- Visual Inspections – The engineer will first check over the extinguisher. The things to look out for are signs of damage and corrosion. As part of the visual inspection, the engineer will check that the safety pin and tamper seal are in place, if anything is missing it will be replaced accordingly.
- Pressure Gauge Readings – The engineer will then gauge the pressure of the extinguisher, taking a reading that will determine whether the extinguisher is fit for purpose or not. This is not applicable for Co2 fire extinguishers.
- Checking Signage and Instructions – The engineer will then check that the signage is correct for the extinguisher, it is in the right place, and it is easily visible. There are also instructions on the extinguisher, which will be checked over to make sure that they are clear and easy to read in an emergency.
- Hose Checking – The discharge hose will need to be taken off and checked for obstructions or damage.
- Housekeeping – the area will be risk assessed, to make sure that the correct extinguisher is in place. Areas in buildings can sometimes change purpose, so it is important to make sure that you have the right extinguisher for the job. The extinguisher will also be wiped down and weighed.
- Wall Mounts and Stands – If the extinguisher is mounted to the wall, the fixings will be checked to make sure they are secure. If the extinguisher is on a stand, we will make sure that the stand is in good condition and is holding the extinguisher correctly.
The engineer upon completion of the service will date the service labels and apply inspection tags. Each extinguisher will fall into three categories – condemned (meaning the extinguisher needs to be disposed of and replaced) or further action required where repairs are needed and finally pass, where no follow-up action is required after the service.
The engineer will complete their report and update asset lists accordingly and our office will send a quotation for any necessary items, outlining what is an urgent matter and what is a recommendation for the future.
In between service visits, it is recommended that the responsible person onsite carries out their own visual checks on the system (see point 1, above). These simple checks can identify any issues that may arise in between the annual service visits. If you should find an issue, please contact our office to have this remedied right away.
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