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Fire Extinguisher Servicing

Testing & maintenance services

To ensure maximum protection for your staff, assets and premises, your fire extinguishers require the correct maintenance to meet regulations and to guarantee that they will work when needed.

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Fire Extinguisher Servicing with ClearView

ClearView can maintain and service all types of fire extinguishers, small and large, including:

  • Water extinguishers
  • Dry powder extinguishers
  • Foam extinguishers
  • CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) extinguishers
  • Vapourising liquid extinguishers
  • Wet chemical extinguishers
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Why Fire Extinguishers Need to be Serviced?

Fire extinguishers should be regularly inspected and serviced to check that they are in the correct locations and to ensure that they have not been damaged or interfered with. These checks can be carried out by a fire warden or responsible person. However, to ensure that your portable fire appliances are in serviceable condition they must be inspected by a competent person that will check to see if the fire extinguishers have dropped in pressure or been discharged.

The British Standard for the maintenance of portable fire extinguishers is BS 5306-3: 2017 and this documented is used by fire extinguisher manufacturers, facilities management companies, and fire extinguisher servicing companies. The standard provides the schedules for maintenance of fire extinguishers and guidance on the following:

  • Commissioning
  • Basic service
  • Extended service
  • Overhaul procedures
  • Recharge

How Often do Fire Extinguishers Need to be Serviced?

Fire extinguisher servicing should be carried out at least annually in accordance with the British Standard for the maintenance of portable fire extinguishers is BS 5306-3: 2017. The manufacturers guidance should be followed with reference to servicing and recharging. Unserviceable fire extinguishers should be quarantined and replaced by a competent fire extinguisher engineer or technician.

The responsible person for fire safety should ensure that an adequate number of portable fire appliances are located in key areas in building(s). However, it is important to note that if the appliances are not maintained correctly, they will not work when they are needed most. This scenario could result in a loss of life situation which could expose business owners and employers under corporate liability criminal law.

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Monthly Fire Extinguisher Inspection

This check can be carried out by the responsible person or other trained individuals such as fire wardens. The inspection should ascertain if the extinguisher has been depressurised or tampered with and the fire extinguisher instructions should be clearly visible.

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Yearly Fire Extinguisher Service

This service is very important and should be carried out by competent portable fire extinguisher engineer or technician. We strongly recommend only using a third-party accredited company for this task as it is critical as part of the building(s) fire strategy to safeguard life.

The maintenance label should be signed once the extinguisher has been serviced and any damaged appliances should be removed and replaced.

Extended Fire Extinguisher Service

The extended service should be carried out five yearly intervals for some types of fire extinguishers such as:

  • Water fire extinguishers
  • Powder fire extinguishers
  • Wet chemical fire extinguishers
  • Foam fire extinguishers

The same rules apply as per the annual service when it comes to using a competent fire extinguisher maintenance company that are third party accredited.

The extended service covers the same tasks as the annual service, but it will also include discharging the fire extinguisher to ensure that the fire suppressant is compliant. Furthermore, the O rings will be examined and changed as required and the vessel will be inspected for corrosion or cracking. The fire extinguisher valves are also inspected and replaced before refilling and re-pressurisation commences.

Replacing Fire Extinguishers

Due to the environmental damage of discharging water, powder, or foam fire extinguishers it is more common now to replace fire extinguishers at the five-year point. In this scenario the old fire extinguishers should be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way through a licensed waste carrier. ClearView operate to the highest environmental standards in accordance with our ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certification.

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Fully Compliant Fire Extinguishers

We know that for any business, your priorities lie in keeping your workplace safe. That’s why our extinguisher maintenance programme is ideal for you. It will ensure that you have the correct equipment – fully compliant with legislation.

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Testing & Maintenance Services Include:
  • Full compliance, meeting your legal and insurance obligations
  • BAFE (British Approval for Fire Equipment) registered engineers
  • Peace of mind knowing your fire extinguishers will work when you need them to
  • A reliable and cost-effective way of managing your fire equipment
  • Diarised appointments to ensure your fire extinguishers are regularly maintained

Fire extinguishers require stringent maintenance to ensure they will work when needed. Our fire extinguisher service plan covers routine service inspections (in accordance with BS 5266-1:2016).

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Synergy Fire & Security Maintenance

ClearView offer you an excellent maintenance service for your fire extinguishers. Alternatively if you have other fire and security equipment you can save time and money by combining the cover all at once with our bespoke Synergy security service and maintenance package for a monthly fixed fee.

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Interested in service and maintenance for your fire extinguishers? Book your free site survey, alternatively, call 01245 214104 to speak to a member of our team.

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