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Perhaps the most common and recognisable of all firefighting equipment, fire extinguishers are essential in the event of a fire.  Of course, ensuring your commercial fire extinguisher is legally compliant and working correctly is of utmost importance. This is where a fire extinguisher service comes in.

Robinsons Facilities Services provides a variety of fire suppression and fire fighting equipment servicing, including checking your fire extinguishers are compliant and safe for use. Our team of accredited fire extinguisher technicians offer fast and efficient response times across Yorkshire and the entire UK.

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Alternatively, you can learn more about fire extinguisher servicing and our approach from our experts below.

Why Fire Extinguisher Servicing Is Important

As fire extinguishers get older, they can become less effective. The fire-fighting chemicals inside them can also start to break down and become less potent. This is why it’s important to get your fire extinguishers serviced regularly – so that, in the event of a fire, you know that your fire extinguisher will work as intended.

British Standard 5306 Part 3 outlines that fire extinguisher servicing “should be performed for all extinguishers at least annually”. As such, you’ll need to get your fire extinguishers serviced to ensure compliance.

As well as annual fire extinguisher maintenance, a more advanced service including discharge tests is also required. This is referred to as an extended service or an overhaul service for CO₂ systems.

These extended services should be undertaken at least once every 5 years for water, foam and powder and 10 years for CO₂.

Benefits of Fire Extinguisher Servicing

Apart from the obvious potential to save lives, there are other benefits to getting fire extinguishers serviced regularly. These include

  • avoiding potential fines for not having compliant fire equipment.
  • the peace of mind knowing that you’re prepared in the event of a fire.
  • extending the lifespan of your firefighting equipment.

A professional fire extinguisher service company will take care of every aspect of the service, leaving you with compliant, reliable, and long-lasting fire safety equipment.

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How Often Should I Get My Fire Extinguisher Serviced?

It’s recommended that you get your fire extinguishers serviced at least in line with the minimum annual requirements, but ideally, you should aim to get them serviced more frequently. After all, when it comes to fire suppression and safety equipment, it’s always best to err on the side of caution. 

Extended fire extinguisher servicing should also be carried out every 5 years for water, foam, powder, and wet chemical extinguishers. 

Robinsons Facilities Services can provide fire extinguisher servicing at a frequency that suits your business needs – we understand that every business is different. We can also help to create a fire risk assessment to evaluate the fire risks in your business.

What Does Fire Extinguisher Servicing Involve?

We’ve outlined the main tasks involved in a typical service on fire extinguishers below:

Basic Fire Extinguisher Service

Basic fire extinguisher servicing involves visually inspecting the fire extinguisher to check for any signs of wear and tear or damage. These annual tests will ensure that:

  • the extinguisher has not been used and the safety pin is in place.
  • the pressure is correct.
  • fire extinguisher signage requirements are met.
  • the weight is correct and hasn’t significantly dropped.
  • the wall mounting is safe and correct.
  • the hose isn’t blocked.
  • there are no leaks.

Extended Service

Advanced and extended fire extinguisher servicing will cover everything the basic service includes. The extended service will also add:

  • discharging the fire extinguisher, paying specific attention to the pattern, distance and duration to ensure it meets specifications.
  • checking the extinguisher’s valves and replacing them if necessary.
  • checking the interior of the extinguisher for damage or corrosion.
  • replacing the head cap O-ring.
  • refilling the fire extinguisher and pressurising it.

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Robinsons Facilities Services’ fire extinguisher servicing can be tailored to your specific safety needs. Our experienced and accredited professionals perform the maintenance and inspections needed with minimal disruption to your business.

We offer a full range of commercial fire safety services, keeping your business safe and compliant all year round.

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Fire Extinguisher Service FAQs

The Fire Safety Order sets out that the maintenance and servicing must be done by someone who is “competent” so it is not outlined in detail. It is a good idea to get this done by a third party who is accredited and properly trained.

Not servicing a fire extinguisher is not just neglecting your legal duties, but it can also increase the chances that your fire extinguisher is damaged and won’t work when it is needed most.

Yes, BS5306 outlines the fact that fire extinguishers must be tested by discharge every five years (water foam and powder) and then refilled or replaced. The CO₂ must be replaced every 10 years.

The cost of a fire extinguisher service in the UK typically starts at around £100+VAT (including call-out charges) and is then charged per extinguisher. Prices can vary depending on the company, location, and number of extinguishers you need serviced.

Legislation recommends an annual service with a monthly visual check by a competent person.

Choosing the right extinguisher type depends on the fire risks in your workplace. Contact our customer service team for expert advice now.

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