Maintenance - Legislation & Requirements
Servicing is obligatory under the Fire Safety Order of 2005 and all business environments must make provision for portable fire extinguishers.
It is estimated that 4 out of 5 small fires are put out by extinguishers before the fire brigade is called out or arrives.
This is why it’s vitally important to not only have the correct number, type and location of fire extinguishers… but have them maintained so they work at the point when they’re needed.
As well as making a provision for fire extinguishers, all efficient fire extinguisher maintenance and servicing should be in accordance with BS 5306-3 2017 and part 8 2012. This is a legal obligation and falls under the Fire Safety Order of 2005 and is outlined in article 17 of the Order. It will also keep your equipment in good working order and make sure they are always located in the correct places within your environment.
The latest regulations for fire extinguisher servicing is set out in BS 5306 part 8 2012 which came into effect in January 2012 covers the selection and positioning of portable fire extinguishers. These updated regulations state that some extinguishers are not suitable for certain fire fire risks which they were previously used for. As standards and technology improves we all have to keep up to date with the modern equipment available for use on fires. These will in turn help protect your business from fire and unnecessary damage.
Having the wrong fire extinguishers is hazardous to your working environment and dangerous for the people within it which is why it is vital to have extinguishers serviced on an annual basis by a qualified IFEDA engineer and to check whether you have the correct fire equipment for your risks.
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“You must ensure that the premises and any equipment provided in connection with firefighting, fire detection and warning, or emergency routes and exits are covered by a suitable system of maintenance and are maintained by a competent person in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.”
Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
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