Fire Extinguisher Services
What is Fire Extinguisher Inspection and Maintenance?
Fire extinguishers are often the first port of call in case of fire. A fire extinguisher is an active fire protection device used to extinguish or control small fires, often in emergency situations. Therefore it is essential that they are in good condition and ready to use.
Why use ORBIS?
Our mission is simple. To protect people and property. In doing so, we help our customers protect their brand and their profits.
Our clients want to run a commercial or industrial business safely and securely, and we offer confidence in having great fire extinguisher services and equipment. Ultimately, we provide you with peace of mind that everything is taken care of with the most cost-effective solutions.
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How often should I have my fire extinguishers serviced?
The user is expected to regularly check the condition of fire extinguishers. These monthly checks are quick, easy to do and shouldn’t take up too much of your time. However, they quickly and efficiently identify potential issues in your fire protection equipment and can save lives, the building and the business.
A monthly fire extinguisher inspection comprises of a quick visual check of the extinguisher, its pressure gauge, head-cap pin and seal. This is to identify any damage, loss of pressure or tampering. Finally, you should ensure that the extinguisher is located in its designated place.
Every 12 months, you must have your fire extinguishers serviced – this is what’s known as a “basic service” and needs to be done in accordance with the current British Standards i.e. BS 5306 part 3 and BS 5306 part 8.What specific steps are needed depends on the kind of extinguisher being serviced, as well as its age.
Typically the technician will change the head cap seal, check the correct operation of the head cap safety pin, test the pressure gauge, and change any O rings in the junction of the valve and hose or horn. A visual check of the condition of the extinguisher and instruction label completes the job. Finally the technician will complete the maintenance label which carries the service history of the extinguisher.
Extended servicing is done every 5 years for water, foam, powder, and wet chemical extinguishers.The extended service goes through a detailed and in-depth look at everything included in the basic service, to a meticulous standard.
Next, the extinguisher is discharged, with particular attention paid to the pattern, distance and duration of the discharged fire suppressant to ensure it is within specification. The extinguisher’s valves are checked and overhauled. The interior is inspected to ensure that the lining is intact and there is no corrosion. The head cap O ring is replaced and the head-cap assembly re-seated to ensure that the valve will hold pressure.
Next the extinguisher is re-filled and pressurized to specification and checked for leaks.
Providing that the fire extinguisher continues to pass inspections and can be serviced, there is no limit to how old a fire extinguisher can be. However, after a while replacement parts are no longer available, manufacturing standards change, and it becomes harder to service economically.
Because of the current environmental requirements regarding discharging of contents, and British Standard requirements regarding refilling, many extinguishers are now simply replaced with a new one when they are due an extended service or refill after use.