FIRE EXTINGUISHER PROVISION
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
“The responsible person, where necessary, must ensure that the premises are equipped with appropriate fire-fighting equipment in order to safeguard the safety of relevant persons.”
Following the recommendations of BS 5306 Part 8: 2012 ‘Selection and positioning of portable fire extinguishers.’ will ensure compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Fireshield Fire Protection Ltd can assist on the selection and positioning of portable fire extinguishers to ensure your building complies.
Portable fire extinguishers form an important part of the fire protection provision of a building. They are especially valuable in the early stages of a fire, as they are portable and immediately available to assist in evacuation, the protection of a building and its contents.
In recent surveys, more than 80% of fires are successfully extinguished using hand held portable extinguishers.
Fire extinguishers have a vital role to play in the first aid response to fire.
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There are a number of different types of fire extinguisher suitable for different types of fire:
It is vitally important to ensure the correct type and size of extinguisher is installed in the correct location.
For use on Class A fires - such as: wood, paper and fabric fires.
Water extinguishers are a popular choice for Class A fires by cooling, preventing re-ignition, providing low cost maintenance, refilling and an environmentally friendly end of life disposal.
For use on Class A & B fires, such as: wood, paper, fabric, and flammable liquid fires
Foam extinguishers are an excellent choice for multi risk areas such as shops and offices with a high fire knockdown rate and safe inadvertent contact with live electrical equipment.
For use on Class B fires - such as: fires involving flammable liquid and electrical equipment.
CO2 extinguishers having a non-conductive extinguishing media are the perfect choice for all live electrical equipment risks.
For use on Class A, B & C fires - such as: wood, paper, fabric, flammable liquids, gaseous fires and fires involving electrical equipment.
Powder extinguishers are an excellent choice for multi risk, all weather external situations; However, powder discharge can cause a sudden reduction in visibility and impair breathing, thus they are not recommended for use indoors.
For use on Class A & F fires - such as: wood, paper, fabric, cooking oil and deep fat fryer fires.
Wet Chemical extinguishers when applied to hot oil cools the burning oil and chemically reacts to form a soap-like solution; sealing the surface and preventing re-ignition. They are the only choice for fires involving deep fat fryers.
SPECIALIST DRY POWDER
For use on Class D fires - such as: lithium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, titanium or aluminium.
Fires involving combustible metals in the form of swarf or powder can reach extreme temperatures. The L2 and M28 Powder Fire Extinguishers are equipped with a low velocity applicator to ensure the specialist powder is applied gently and effectively to the burning metal.
Training is required to use L2 and M28 extinguishers.
FIRE EXTINGUISHER MAINTENANCE
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
“Where necessary in order to safeguard the safety of relevant persons the responsible person must ensure that any facilities, equipment and devices provided are subject to a suitable system of maintenance and are maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.”
Following the recommendations of BS5306 Part 3: 2017 ‘Commissioning and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers’ will ensure compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
Fireshield Fire Protection Ltd can assist with the maintenance requirement of portable fire extinguishers to ensure your building complies.
Fireshield Fire Protection Ltd operate a simple inclusive price structure where all maintenance procedures and service spare parts - such as; tamper indicators, gauge seals, safety pins, O-rings and washers are included in the service price.
COMMISSION SERVICE AND INSTALLATION
To comply with BS 5306 part 3: 2017 all new extinguishers should be subject to a sequence of initial Commissioning actions carried out by a competent person on initial positioning.
This should ensure new extinguishers are suitable to cover the hazards in the area they are located, are not damaged and are free from any deficiencies that could make them potentially dangerous or fail to operate.
All extinguishers should be wall mounted on suitable brackets at the correct height relevant to its weight or alternatively may also positioned on stands, fire points or in suitable cabinets.
All extinguisher locations should be indicated by signs.
The responsible person should carry out visual inspections of all extinguishers at least once a month
Check extinguishers are in position, accessible and visible
Check operating instructions and signage are legible
Check extinguisher has not been used
Check for signs of obvious damage or missing parts
Check pressure gauge if fitted
Check tamper indicator is not missing or damaged
Record results and arrange corrective action if required
To comply with BS 5306 part 3: 2017 all extinguishers should be subject to a Basic Service at least annually carried out by a competent person.
Ensure no safety notices or product recalls have been issued
Examine extinguisher exterior for any signs of corrosion, dents or damage
Check operating instructions are correct and legible
Check and test pressure indicating devices
Check extinguisher weight
Check hose, horn or any nozzles are clear from blockages
Check operating mechanism for free movement
Check any o rings are correctly seated
Check hose, horn or any nozzles are correctly assembled
Check safety pin for easy removal and re seal with tamper indicator seal
Attach maintenance label and record date and service procedure
Provide written report and certification
This should ensure that extinguishers continue to be suitable to cover the hazards in the area they are located, have not deteriorated, been damaged or tampered with and are free from any deficiencies that could make them potentially dangerous or fail to operate.
EXTENDED, OVERHAUL AND PRESSURE TEST SERVICE
In addition to the above Basic Annual Service, to comply with BS 5306 part 3: 2017, it is required to carry out an Extended Service every five years to Water, Foam, Powder and Wet Chemical extinguishers; as well as an Overhaul and Pressure test every ten years to CO2 extinguishers.
This should ensure the extinguisher will work when operated, give an opportunity to check the internal parts of the operating mechanism and cylinder and renew the extinguishing media.
It is considered good environmental practice to carry out service procedures rather than replace extinguishers
A Fire Blanket is designed to extinguish small fires involving cooking oils (Class F), clothing fires and other small contained fires.
They are usually made of woven fibreglass or nylon with a silicone fire retardant coating, supplied in quick release containers, and should be wall mounted in a suitable location where they can be accessed easily in an emergency.
They are single use and cannot be cleaned or repaired after use.
The current standard for the manufacture of fire blankets is BS EN 1869:1997 and as with all safety equipment, care should be taken to avoid inferior products and always purchase a genuine fire blanket with a BSI Kitemark.
FIRE BLANKET MAINTENANCE
Fire legislation suggests that good practice is to determine whether the fire blanket has been used and to check for damage on a weekly basis. The responsible person has an obligation to use a competent service provider to maintain all fire extinguishing equipment.
There is no British Standard Institution Code of Practice that covers the maintenance of Fire Blankets, but guidance is available from the Fire Industry Association which includes:
⦁ Commissioning Service
⦁ Positioning and wall mounting
⦁ Visual inspection by the Responsible person
⦁ Basic Service by a Competent person
⦁ Labelling, Documentation and Certification
CODE OF PRACTICE FOR THE COMMISSIONING AND MAINTENANCE OF FIRE BLANKETS MANUFACTURED TO BS EN 1869
COMPLIANCE WITHOUT COMPROMISE
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ELEGANCE IN FIRE DEFENCE
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Available in all types of extinguisher listed above
All designs available with matching tubular stands and ID signs.