Fire Extinguisher Maintenance

Many people assume that fire extinguishers will work when they’re needed, but unless there’s a proper programme of fire extinguisher maintenance, this may not be the case. If you are a facilities manager at a larger business, or you run your own small business, you need to be sure that your fire extinguishers are in good working order. That’s where GCS Fire & Security can help. The company specialises in providing fire extinguisher maintenance, along with a range of other safety services. Not only can we ensure that your fire extinguisher maintenance is up to date; we can also give you all the advice you need on the quantity of fire extinguishers recommended for a business of your size, and where to site them for the best results.

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance: Your Business And The Law

Current fire regulations under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 state that all
fire safety equipment must be "maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair." 
Fire extinguisher maintenance includes checking for exhausted extinguishers that may not have been reported as used, checking that anti-tamper tags are in place, and that the fire extinguishers themselves are physically in good condition and ready for use – you’d be amazed how many safety pins get bent and stuck in place without being spotted!

The British Standard 5306 part 3 requires that maintenance of all your fire extinguishers is conducted by a 'competent person'. If you do not have such a fully-trained service engineer in-house, you should employ an external maintenance company.

What Does Effective Fire Extinguisher Maintenance Involve?

The effective maintenance of fire extinguishers includes many separate checks on gauges, moving parts, tubes, valves, and operating mechanisms, amongst others. The fire extinguishers also need to be thoroughly checked for signs of corrosion.

Fire extinguisher maintenance tests must be carried out annually, and an extended service carried out every five years for most types of fire extinguishers. This includes a full discharge test, where the extinguisher is operated under test conditions, its performance recorded, any faulty or worn parts replaced, the extinguisher refilled, and returned to service.