Fire extinguishers commonly go unnoticed, yet they remain an incredibly important part of businesses and establishments across the globe. They can be seen in offices, storage spaces, staircases and corridors – the real proof that no matter how big or small your company may be fire extinguishers are an absolute must. What’s more, where there is no single law stating that a property owner must install fire extinguishers, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires that anyone responsible for a property or a business with 5+ people must have a Fire Risk Assessment completed by a ‘suitably qualified’ person.
So, when should you recharge or replace your fire extinguishers? Follow these simple guidelines:
Even if you have only used a tiny bit of your fire extinguisher, you should always recharge it immediately as a matter of course; the pressure that was formerly released can significantly reduce its efficiency.
You can also perform regular inspections like:
- Checking the gauge – try to ascertain whether your fire extinguisher is full
- Pay attention to its weight – if it feels lighter than usual, this is a good indication that it is not fully charged
A fire extinguisher is designed to last for up to 12 years. The following signs will indicate whether it’s time for replacement:
- A cracked, clogged or ripped nozzle
- Wobbly handle
- Broken or missing pin on the handle
- Impaired shell
- Lost inspection tag
It is best practice to ensure that your fire extinguishers are properly maintained with the help of a professional fire protection company. Fire Services Central Ltd. offers a comprehensive fire extinguisher service around Northampton. For more enquiries, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.