Fire extinguishers are one of the most recognisable and often the first means of defence when it comes to putting out a fire or helping clear an escape route.
We work with businesses supplying, installing and maintaining fire extinguishers. The team ensure that all fire extinguishers operate correctly if they are needed in an emergency.
Whether it’s supplying and installing one fire extinguisher, or it’s servicing lots, businesses needs to be compliant and have the right equipment to protect everyone when it comes to fire.
Where are Fire Extinguishers required?
UK regulations state that fire extinguishers are required in all buildings. There should be a minimum of two Class A (wood or paper fires) extinguishers on every floor of the building. All Fire Extinguishers must be clearly visible and accessible at all times.
Extinguishers are provided for dealing with a fire hazard, which are identified in a fire risk assessment or by a competent person. They should be suitable for dealing with the appropriate type of fire risk.
Our technicians work with businesses to ensure there is an up to date fire risk assessment, as well as providing the relevant fire extinguishers.
What type of Fire Extinguishers are available?
Fire extinguishers contain different substances suited to different types of fire. There are many different types of fire extinguishers available but the most common types are water, CO2, foam, dry powder and wet chemical extinguishers.
All extinguishers supplied meet the British Standards BS5306-3:2009 and BS5306-8:2012.
What type of Fire Extinguishers do I need?
To ensure a business is protected and meets current fire safety regulations, the correct types of fire extinguisher are needed in the business premises.
Fires are rated in ‘classes’. For each class of fire there is an individual extinguisher designed to tackle it. These classes are based on which fuels a fire starts with. The type of fire extinguisher needed is determined by what fuels can be found in the business premises.
We work with you on determining the right type of extinguishers needed, as well as size, weight and also location.
What are the classes of fire?
There are six classes of fire:
Class A – combustible materials
Caused by flammable solids, such as wood, paper, and textiles
Class B – flammable liquids
Petrol, paint or spirits
Class C – flammable gases
Propane and butane
Class D – flammable metals
Chemicals such as magnesium, lithium or potassium
Electrical fires – electrical equipment
This can include computers and photocopiers. Once the electrical item is removed the class of fire changes
Class F – cooking oils
Typically a chip pan fire.
How many Fire Extinguishers do I need?
The British Standard (BS-5306) states that the minimum number required are:
- 1 x 13A rated extinguisher per 200 sq metres of floor area
- No less than 2 x 13A rated extinguishers per floor
- Installed where nobody needs to travel more than 30 metres to reach an extinguisher
- Suitable extinguishers are provided for special fire hazards such as electrical equipment, flammable liquids and flammable gases
Do Fire Extinguishers need servicing?
A yearly service is needed to remain compliant with the current British Standard (BS5306-3). This service is in-depth and is required by law. As well as this, a visual examination should also be completed every month and recorded.
They’re a life-saving tool so we need to know they’re going to work should they be needed.
Water, foam and dry powder extinguishers should have a discharge test and extended service every 5 years from their date of manufacture. Carbon dioxide extinguishers need an overhaul every 10 years from their date of manufacture.
The technicians are experts when it comes to Fire Extinguishers and servicing. We perform annual servicing and even monthly checks and recordings, taking away the hassle and responsibility.