Commissioning of new fire extinguishers
When a fire extinguisher is removed from it box it will need to be commissioned on site under BS 5306 part 3. This should be carried out by a competent person. Failure to carry this out could run the risk of invalidating fire insurance cover as it is a requirement of the Fire risk assessment under the current Fire Regulations ‘The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005’.
Note: Be aware of companies offering to commission the extinguisher before delivery. This does not comply as the unit may have been damaged in transit and part of the commissioning is ensuring that the extinguisher is positioned in the correct location.
Annual Fire extinguisher Maintenance
All employers have a legal responsibility under the The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order to ensure that fire extinguishers within the workplace are regularly serviced, so that they are kept in good repair and working order.
Under BS 5306 part 3 it is a requirement to have all your fire extinguishers serviced by a competent person once a year. Complete Fire Solutions are a BAFE SP101 accredited company and our engineers are ST104 approved technicians and can offer a full maintenance package to ensure you meet with you responsibilities under the The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005’.
Fire extinguisher visual inspection
To ensure compliance with this legislation, a ‘responsible person’ within your organisation should carry out a visual inspection to confirm that the extinguisher has not been damaged or accidentally discharged. These inspections should ideally be carried out at weekly intervals.