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Fire Extinguisher Maintenance

British Standard 5306:2017 provides the following guidance on how often fire extinguishers need to be serviced or maintained:

  • Monthly visual inspections by a ‘responsible person’ assigned the duty of overseeing fire safety provisions on a premises
  • Annual service conducted by a ‘competent’ or qualified person
  • Extended service carried out after 5 years, and 5-year intervals thereafter
  • Replacement service carried out within 20 years

This is a legal requirement and failure to follow such practices risks severe penalties. With our fire extinguisher maintenance service, there are no hidden charges, all service parts* are included, and we have a unique money-back guarantee if you are unhappy with the service. We also provide commissioning and installation services and fire extinguisher disposal services, or provide comprehensive fire safety surveys

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Can I service my own fire extinguishers?

As per British Standard 5306:2017, servicing fire extinguishers must be done by a ‘competent person’, such as a certified extinguisher technician who has obtained qualifications from a BAFE (British Approvals for Fire Equipment) recognised body or has the necessary experience to complete such a service. We provide excellent fire extinguisher maintenance services

How often should fire extinguishers be inspected?

Similar to the requirements for servicing, British Standard 5306:2017 also states that a ‘responsible person’ or the person responsible for fire safety equipment on a premises has a duty to visually inspect the fire extinguishers at least once a month to make sure each extinguisher:

  • is correctly located in its designated place
  • is unobstructed and visible
  • is undamaged and is not missing any parts
  • has its operating instructions face outwards and are legible 
  • has its pressure gauge or indicator within the correct pressure range
  • has undamaged tamper seals or OK indicators that aren’t missing

The results of these visual inspections should be recorded in a fire log book and corrective action, if necessary, should be arranged. If the ‘responsible person’ has any concerns or doubts, they should arrange for a ‘competent person’ to examine the extinguisher.

Fire extinguisher extended service

In addition to annual fire extinguisher maintenance service, extinguishers must be discharge tested to make sure they work and are in good condition.

Type of extinguisher

Basic service

Extended service

Overhaul

Water and water-additive

12-monthly

Every 5 years

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Foam

12-monthly

Every 5 years

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Powder

12-monthly

Every 5 years

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CO2

12-monthly

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Every 10 years

Wet chemical

12-monthly

Every 5 years

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Water and foam extinguishers can be refilled on-site, though this might be too messy a service for powder extinguishers. CO2 extinguishers require specialist hydraulic testing in a workshop, so the ‘competent person’ is likely to exchange the extinguisher for one that has been factory tested, rather than discharge it on the premises.

We tend to replace the fire extinguisher with a brand new one as the price for new extinguishers is usually lower than the price for refilling or testing. Provided below are our refill prices:

Type of extinguisher

Size

Price ex vat

Price inc vat

Water refill

6 litre and 9 litre

£16.77 + vat

£20.12 inc vat

Water-additive refill

3 litre to 6 litre

£31.47 + vat

£37.76 inc vat

Foam refill

2 litre to 9 litre

£30.44 + vat

£36.53 inc vat

Powder refill

1kg to 9kg

replace with new

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CO2 refill

2kg to 5kg

replace with new

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Wet chemical refill

2 litre

replace with new

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Wet chemical refill

3 litre

£61.62 + vat

£74.30 inc vat

Wet chemical refill

6 litre

£82.92 + vat

£99.50 inc vat

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