Portable Fire Extinguisher Provision and Maintenance Redhill

Portable fire extinguishers are probably the commonest type of firefighting equipment to be found in industrial and commercial premises. South East Fire Protection LTD is a registered company to BAFE Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organisations and Technicians (SP101) scheme, providing confidence to our customers that by using us you have appointed a competent and safe company.
For a floor in a building, the correct number of water fire extinguishers to tackle Class A fires (fires involving combustible solids such as paper, wood, cloth, plastics etc) may be determined if the fire rating of the floor is known.

This process is documented in BS 5306 – 8:2012 Selection and positioning of portable fire extinguishers.

Special Risks

The fire rating is found by multiplying the floor area in m2 by 0.065. For a floor area of 200m2 the fire rating is 200 x 0.065 = 13. A minimum of 2 x 13A rated fire extinguishers should be provided per floor in accordance with BS53086.

For special risks such as fires involving live electrical equipment, a suitable fire extinguisher such as carbon dioxide should be provided.

Generally, extinguishers should be located at exits from rooms or storeys, in corridors that form parts of escape routes, and on landings.

Extinguishers for special risks such as electrical fires, flammable liquid fires, or cooking oil fires should be located near the risk in accordance with BS5306.

Annual Fire Extinguisher Maintenance

All employers have a legal responsibility under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order to ensure that fire extinguishers within the workplace are regularly serviced and are kept in good repair and working order.  This process is documented in BS 5306 – 3:2009 Commissioning & maintenance of portable fire extinguishers and BS 5306 – 9:2015 Recharging of portable fire extinguishers. Under BS 5306 part 3 it is a requirement to have all your fire extinguishers serviced by a competent person once a year.

Our engineers are qualified to provide advice on the suitability, positioning of portable extinguishers and carry out annual maintenance requirements.

Our engineers hold BAFE (British Approvals for Fire Equipment) certificates to provide our customers with the proof they are competent

At SEFP we work with several local businesses to ensure fire extinguisher inspections in Redhill are carried out correctly.

Fire Extinguisher Visual Inspection

To ensure compliance with this legislation, a ‘responsible person’ within your organisation should carry out a visual inspection to confirm that the extinguisher has not been damaged or accidentally discharged. These inspections should ideally be carried out at weekly intervals.