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Ensuring your Fire Extinguishers are ready should you need them

In the event of a fire, fire extinguishers are normally the first thing people will look for to tackle the fire. Fire extinguishers not only prevent fires from spreading but they can also allow a person to safely evacuate an area.

Therefore, ensuring your fire extinguisher operates when needed, is absolutely vital and the only way to ensure this is regular maintenance and servicing.

Annual Maintenance of your extinguisher in compliance with BS5306 helps to ensure that your extinguisher can be relied upon if needed, and this is where Safe I.S. Ltd can help. Our fully trained and qualified engineers carefully and methodically inspect each extinguisher to ensure they are in the required working condition.

From £54.95 + VAT for up to 5 Fire Extinguishers, our fixed price service contracts offer great value for money.

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Free No Obligation Service Quotations

Contact us today to receive a free no-obligation quotation in a matter of minutes. Our friendly and knowledgeable advisors can provide a fixed price quotation without the need for a site survey we only require a few details about the required works.

Third Party Accredited

Safe I.S. Ltd is proudly the third party accredited to BAFE SP101, more details below, which proves the competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organisations and Technicians.

In addition, all of our fire extinguisher engineers have passed the Fire Industry Associations Service & Maintenance of Portable fire extinguisher exams. This means they are competent and qualified to service all types of portable extinguishers. 

No Hidden Fees!

Parts such as the tags & "o" rings must be changed on every visit and many competitors do not include these in their original costs and charge for them after the visit. 

At Safe I.S all of our quotations include the small consumable parts so there are no hidden fees or unexpected invoices.

No Rolling Contracts

We do not tie you into any automatically renewing contracts.

All of our agreements are renewable by mutual consent. We will contact you when your extinguishers are due to be serviced the following year, provide you with a quotation and we are confident you will choose to renew with us due to our service and competitive price.

What types of extinguishers do we service?

We are able to service all types of portable fire extinguishers, from 1kg to 20kg including Water, Foam, C02, Powder & Wet Chemical. We also service Fire Blankets too!


Proud to be Third-Party Accredited to BAFE SP101

BAFE is the independent registration body for the third party certified fire protection companies across the UK. A national independent register of quality fire safety service providers.

We are therefore proud to be Third Party Accredited to BAFE SP101 accredited proving the competency of our business & Technicians to maintain Portable Fire Extinguishers.

The objective of this scheme is to increase the quality of fire extinguisher service organisations and their technicians working in the field, providing the consumer with confidence they have selected a competent and safe service provider. 

What tests do we complete during the visits?

Our services are completed in compliance with BS5306 but as a brief overview we complete the following works on every fire extinguisher:

  • The full-service process as detailed in BS5306. 
  • Ensure each fire extinguisher pressure is correct (not too high or low).
  • Replace all small consumable parts, such as "o" rings and tags. (Included as standard in our costs)
  • Ensure all hoses/horns are clear of obstruction and free from damage.
  • Ensure the body of the fire extinguisher is in the correct condition (free of rust/damage).
  • Ensure each extinguisher is free of obstructions.
  • Ensure each fire extinguisher instructions are clear and distinguishable.
  • Ensure each fire extinguisher is correctly mounted with correct signage.
  • Ensure each fire extinguisher is clean.
  • Report any non-compliances, such units due to discharge tests or failures.
  • Complete and provide the required paperwork to the client.
  • Create a full asset register detailing the location, extinguisher type, condition upon testing and any relevant notes.

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's):

Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) section is designed to help you with your Fire Extinguisher Maintenance queries, however, please feel free to contact us if you would like more detailed information or your question is not listed.

In short, Yes it is.

For a more detailed answer:

Under the requirements of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, it is a legal requirement that a maintenance plan is in place for all fire safety equipment, including fire extinguishers.

Quote from the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005:

"Section 17 - Maintenance:

(1) Where necessary in order to safeguard the safety or relevant persons the Responsible Person must ensure that the premises and any facilities, equipment and devices provided in respect of the premises under this order.. are subject to a suitable system of maintenance and be maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair."

The word "must" in this section of the legislation means that the requirement to maintain your Fire Extinguishers is obligatory & failure to do so would be a breach of this legislation. 

We often find that the importance of fire extinguishers can be undervalued and or overlooked.

If a small fire broke out in your building one of the first things you would look for is an extinguisher to help either prevent the spread of fire or to help you escape.

The only way you can be confident that your extinguishers will work if needed is regular maintenance and that why it is vital.

A unit which has not been maintained regularly could fail to work correctly or not at all. The last place you want to find this out is when you are trying to fight a fire.

BS5306 (parts is the code of practice for the maintenance & installation of fire extinguishers.

The standard is split into different sections, all of which focus on specific areas and offer guidelines & best methods for completing works with fire extinguishers.

The relevant current parts of the standards are as follows:

BS5306-1:2006 - Code of practice for fire extinguishing installations and equipment on-premises. Hose reels and foam inlets

BS5306-8:2012 - Code of practice for Fire Extinguishing installations and equipment on-premises. Selection and positioning of portable fire extinguishers.

BS5306-9: 2015 - Fire Extinguisher installations and equipment on-premises. Recharging of portable fire extinguishers.

BS5306-3:2017 - Fire extinguishing installations and equipment on-premises. Commissioning and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers. Code of practice

Under the requirements of BS5306-3:2017, fire extinguishers should have a 12-monthly basic service.

Extended services should be completed:

  • Every 5 years for water-based & Powder Units.

Overhauls should be completed:

  • Every 10 years for CO2, clean agent & halon units.

Unfortunately, this is not a service we provide. It is advisable to contact the manufacturer of the equipment you have installed and ask them to service the unit.

If the fire extinguisher is a portable unit just installed in a vehicle we can service these units.

At the end of the service, a Fire Extinguisher Service Inspection report is provided.

This document details the service works completed, any failures or non-compliances including advising you of any necessary action to ensure your extinguishers are in working order.

Safe also create an asset register, which details the location, type & test results of each individual extinguisher which is available upon request.

This is a decision for the Fire Risk Assessor and Fire Risk Assessment and the answer varies for each individual property.

Two very similar properties could have different requirements for fire extinguishers based on their internal layout, use (i.e. Office or Storage), the materials in the property, the Fire Evacuation Policy and even the occupants use of the building. There is no "general rule of thumb" as such when it comes to extinguisher requirements that suit all buildings.

If you are unsure, you should always refer to your Fire Risk Assessment. If you have not had one completed then this would be the first step to making your decision and you can refer to our Fire Risk Assessment page for more details by Clicking Here.

All extinguishers should be subject to a commissioning process on initial installation at the location the unit is being installed. 

It is a common misconception that new extinguishers, when purchased from a store, are ready for use.

Commissioning cannot be done prior to being placed in property and must be completed by a competent person, as defined by the standard, at the property and location they are to be used.

After commissioning, the unit should then be serviced on an annual basis 

During the service of an extinguisher, small consumable parts (such as pins, tags & seals) must be replaced as part of the process.

Our quotations include these small consumable items offering a fixed price quotation (based on the number of units in the property) meaning there are no surprises following our visit.

On average, it takes between 3-5 minutes to service an extinguisher and it's not a loud or noisy process. 

Our engineer will simply need access to the extinguisher, they will complete the service of each unit then move onto the next, so the disruption caused is extremely minimal. 

If there are particular areas where access is an issue, our engineers will work with you to find the best solution to completing the works whilst reducing disruption wherever possible.

The information provided in the FAQ's section was correct at the time of writing. Although we always strive to keep this up to date, legislation/standards are frequently updated. This section should not be used as legal guidance and or reference.

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Our varied range of accreditations shows our ability to meet legislation, regulations & guidelines whilst ensuring our work is always completed to the highest of standards.

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