Coronavirus update

Following the recent covid-19 announcement regarding the closure of non-essential businesses, we would like to reassure our customers that as suppliers of essential emergency equipment to the healthcare sector, we are still open for business.

While our aim is to continue to provide an uninterrupted service, we will continue to monitor the ever changing situation while taking all necessary steps to ensure the wellbeing of both our staff and customers.

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Fire extinguisher commissioning

Fire extinguishers do not come ready commissioned because they could be damaged, discharged or have lost pressure during delivery. Therefore, British Standard 5306-3 recommends that extinguishers are commissioned on-site by a competent person.

British Standards are recommendations, not legal requirements, however, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that any equipment, such as fire extinguishers, 'should be subject to a suitable system of maintenance and be maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.'

Commissioning a fire extinguisher

Before the fire extinguisher is ready to use it is essential to:

  • Attach the discharge nozzle if it is not already fitted.
  • Check the tamper device is intact.
  • Check the pressure gauge is in the green.
  • Check the extinguisher for corrosion or obvious damage.
  • Weigh the extinguisher and record on the maintenance label.

Only when a fire extinguisher has been properly commissioned to BS5306 standard can you use the certification document, as proof that you have fulfilled your responsibility in accordance with your fire risk assessment.