Fire extinguishers require stringent
maintenance to ensure they will work when needed, or are more
importantly safe. As fire extinguishers are pressurised vessels
that can explode when corroded or damaged and have been known to
cause serious injury and even death.
There are two types of maintenance procedures:
· Maintenance by a
competent person. (usually annually)
· Basic inspection by the
Maintenance to British Standard 5306 Pt3 should be carried out
by a competent person at 12 monthly intervals.
Fire Protection provides high quality fire extinguishers and
annual maintenance at competitive prices. We recommend that an
annual servicing agreement is set up to comply with the above
British Standard 5306-3:2003 covers the maintenance of portable
fire extinguishers and recommends that “regular visual
inspections of all portable fire extinguishers be carried out by
the user or user’s representative. The frequency of inspections
by the user should be not less than monthly and when
circumstances require, inspections should be carried out more
Inspections should include checks that each extinguisher:
Is located in the designated place.
Is unobstructed, visible and its operating instructions face
Has operating instructions which are clean and legible.
Is not obviously damaged.
Has a reading in the operable range or position of any pressure
gauge or indicator fitted.
Has seals and tamper indicators which are not broken or missing.
The Home Office booklet ‘Fire
Safety: An Employers Guide’ issued for the Fire
Precautions (Workplace) Regulations suggests “good practice is
to check for correct installation and apparent function on a