Fire Extinguisher Servicing

Fire extinguishers that have not been serviced for over a year are no longer considered compliant, but we know that you care about your employees and pupils’ safety beyond the minimum legal requirements that you have to meet.

From a free reminder service about your upcoming Fire Extinguisher Servicing to an up-to-date log to demonstrate that you have done all that you are legally required to do, our Fire Extinguisher Servicing can provide you with the peace of mind and reassurance that your fire extinguishers can be relied upon in the event of a fire.

As a Citation customer, you will benefit from:

  • Thorough inspection of all your fire extinguishers to ensure they work properly
  • Expertise from BAFE qualified engineers and a reputable ISO 9001 certified company
  • BAFE Alarm Service Certification to demonstrate your compliance
  • An up-to-date log of your Fire Extinguisher Servicing to demonstrate compliance
  • Subject to stock and requirements, replacement of your extinguishers during the inspection
  • Price guarantee for the best like-for-like quote, guaranteeing you good value for money
  • On the spot quote for remedial work
  • No call out or travel charges

How often should fire extinguishers be serviced?

To meet current fire safety regulations, you need to make sure Fire Extinguisher Servicing is carried out annually.

A straightforward visual inspection should be carried out every month, where the location, condition, tamper seals and pressure gauges for every extinguisher should be checked and documented.

If the monthly visual inspection identifies any damage or a drop in pressure, it is advisable to book a Fire Extinguisher Service to make sure your extinguishers are in full working order and can be relied upon in the event of a fire.

To keep in-line with British Standards, an extended service – otherwise known as discharge testing – should also be carried out at consistent intervals. These should check your levels of water, foam, dry powder and wet chemicals every five years, and levels of CO² every 10 years.

Citation’s BAFE qualified engineers can advise you on how often your fire extinguishers require servicing, and can also provide you with free reminders about when your next inspection is due.

How many fire extinguishers does my school need and what type?

It is advisable for a qualified fire extinguisher engineer or fire risk assessor to survey your site to assess how many fire extinguishers your school needs.

However, the minimum requirements for the type and size of extinguishers that you need can be found within the BS 5306 standards.

It is a legal requirement for anyone responsible for a property or business with five or more people (i.e. every school) to have an up-to-date Fire Risk Assessment that has been completed by a competent person.

In terms of the type of fire extinguishers that should be used, this depends on the current activity, equipment and materials used in a particular part of your school. This should be identified in your Fire Risk Assessment, and Citation’s fully qualified engineers can advise you on this also.

Class A fire extinguishers can be bought online in 3L, 6L and 9L options. However, any fire extinguishers that are bought online should be installed by a professionally qualified extinguisher technician, and appropriate certification should be obtained. This is to ensure that they are situated in the right place and in the right way, with all other attributing factors considered.

Where should fire extinguishers be located?

In most cases, fire extinguishers should be visibly located near exits and fire alarm-call points. This applies to the ‘standard pair’ water-based and CO² fire extinguishers.

If your school building has a lot more exits or fire alarm call-points than the number of extinguishers you need, then the 30-metre rule should determine where they are located.

This comes from the UK British Standards (BS5306) stating that it is a legal requirement that you should be no more than 30 metres from the appropriate extinguisher on any given level of your premises.

‘Specialist’ extinguishers, such as wet chemical and powder extinguishers, should be located within easy reach of the specific fire hazard they are designed to deal with, such as a deep fat fryer.

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