Fire Extinguishers

Fire Extinguisher Installation

Fire extinguishers can provide a first line of defence in dealing with a small fire i.e. bin fire, and help prevent a small fire growing in size and intensity to something that larger that could lead to more damage and greater risk of threat to life.

Therefore, it is important that you not only have the correct types of fire extinguishers around your premises, but also that they are located in accordance with legislative standards, generally at main fire exits, fire escape routes, changes of level in a building and next to potential fire risks i.e electrical risks such as photocopiers. There may be other areas of a building complex which may need additional fire cover such as outside fuel storage areas or within vehicles themselves.

Our team are happy to advise you not only the correct type of fire extinguisher appropriate for the risks on site but also straightforward information as to where they should be located.

We offer a unique FREE SITE SURVEY conducted in accordance with BS5306 guidelines.

Alternatively, you can send your site plan* to our design team directly in order to obtain a comprehensive quote on the number for fire extinguishers your premises requires in order to be compliant.

(* Please note any plans submitted must be to scale in order for us to accurately measure travelling distances between fire points or areas of potential fire risk in accordance with BS5306 guidelines).
Fire extinguisher servicing Derby & Leicester

Annual Fire Extinguisher Servicing

Fire extinguishers must be serviced at least once a year by a qualified and competent person to comply with The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and BS5306 guidelines.

For transparency we provide all our clients a record of their fire extinguisher assets detailing the type of fire extinguisher, location, age and anticipated life expectancy (around 15 years).

It is important that fire extinguishers are checked monthly (usually by the responsible person on site or nominated fire marshal) to ensure that they are in date, have the correct pressure (by looking at the pressure gauge on the side of the cylinder) and ensuring the safety tamper seal hasn’t been removed (indicating possible use).

We also offer a unique refilling service of all types of Fire Extinguishers including CO2 fire extinguishers: 2kg Co2 cylinders, 5kg cylinders and wheeled extinguisher systems.

Installation

Our fully qualified engineers are happy to conduct a comprehensive site survey for all your Fire Safety Equipment requirements. Our surveys are conducted in accordance with BS5306 guidelines and The Health & Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996.

Furthermore, we offer competitive, realistic pricing quite often as competitive as equipment that you can purchase from the internet however, we are able to install all of the equipment we supply and issue certification in accordance with BS5306 guidelines.

Therefore, this give you the peace of mind of knowing that you are fully compliant. All equipment is new, provided with 5 years manufacturer’s warranty and CE Marked.

Service & Maintenance

All Fire Extinguishers in order to be compliant with BS5306 guidelines should be serviced no more than intervals of 12 months.

Our team have a great deal of experience in the servicing of Fire Extinguishers ensuring you remain fully compliant with fire legislation.

Firecom Systems Ltd are able to provide a competitive and comprehensive quote for servicing your Fire Extinguishers. Furthermore, our engineers, unlike some companies, are not on commission or a bonus scheme which ensures that if fire safety remedial works are required it is genuine, professional advice.

All our competitive quotations are turned around quickly for all our customers.
Fire extinguisher servicing Nottingham
The extinguisher pictured above is a non-compliant Fire Extinguisher as it needs mounting on the wall in accordance with BS5306 installation guidelines and identified with appropriate fire signage. All Fire Extinguishers should be wall mounted to a specific height dependent on their type or alternatively located on a fire stand.

Under The Health & Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 all fire safety equipment must be supported with an appropriate identification sign indicating the type of fire extinguisher and the fire risk it is appropriate to use on.

Specialist Fire Safety Equipment

At Firecom Systems Ltd because of unique engineering facilities and experience we are able to offer bespoke or custom-made fire safety equipment such as portable fire trolleys suitable for construction sites, Fire Brigade equipment such as Personal Attachment lines and ‘Chocks and Blocks’ used by the Fire Service as field rescue equipment.

We can also manufacture steel Dry Riser protection doors whilst remaining compliant with Fire Service Regulations or FFE1 Emergency Key Boxes manufactured for fire keys and Fire Brigade access in an emergency scenario.
Bespoke fire trolley manufactured for construction sites
Bespoke Fire Trolley manufactured for construction sites

Frequently Asked Questions

How Often Should Fire Extinguishers Be Checked?

Fire extinguishers must undergo a basic service annually, as British Standard BS 5306-3 stipulated. This includes a thorough inspection and maintenance check by a qualified technician. Additionally, the responsible person at the premises should conduct visual inspections at least once a month. Extended services are required every 5 years for water-based, powder, and clean agent extinguishers and every 10 years for CO2 extinguishers.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher?

While specific instructions may vary by extinguisher type, the general procedure is as follows:

PULL the pin to break the tamper seal.
AIM low, pointing the nozzle at the base of the fire.
SQUEEZE the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
SWEEP from side to side at the base of the fire until it’s extinguished.

What Fire Extinguisher to Use on Electrical Fires?

Use non-conductive extinguishing media such as carbon dioxide (CO2), powder, or other clean agents for electrical fires. These are specifically designed for electrical equipment fires.

How Many Fire Extinguishers Are Required for Business Premises?

The requirement depends on the premises’ size and specific risks identified in the fire risk assessment. BS 5306-8 states that each floor or level up to 400m2 needs at least two water-based (Class A) extinguishers with a combined minimum total fire rating of 26A. Additional extinguishers for other classes of risks, such as electrical equipment and flammable liquids, must be provided as identified by the fire risk assessment.

What are the Four Types of Fire Extinguishers?

There are more than four types, but the four most common types of fire extinguishers in the UK are:
Water Extinguishers: Suitable for Class A fires involving combustible materials like wood, paper, and textiles.
Foam Extinguishers: Effective on Class A and B fires involving flammable liquids.
Dry Powder Extinguishers: Versatile, used on Class A, B, and C fires (flammable gases) and electrical fires.
CO2 Extinguishers: Ideal for electrical and flammable liquid fires (Class B).

Please feel free to contact our team for a Free Site Survey or No Obligation Quotation on 0115 822 2000 or at contactus@firecomsystems.co.uk

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