Is pre-servicing of fire extinguishers allowed?

Occasionally, you may come across the practice of online fire extinguisher retailers offering pre-serviced fire extinguishers. What they offer is the inspection of the extinguisher in their warehouse and the addition of a maintenance label on the extinguisher. Sometimes they even claim that this service is in accordance to BS5306.

However, this practice is NOT in accordance to BS5306 for very good reasons. Damage to extinguishers like loss of pressure, loss of extinguishing medium, bent handles and hoses which make the extinguisher inoperable do not occur whilst the extinguisher is in the warehouse but all of these issues can occur in transit to the customer after the supplier has already declared the extinguisher ‘fit for operation’. This puts lives at risk, especially if suppliers do not protect extinguishers adequately for shipment. BSI has therefore changed the standard BS5306 to require an ON SITE commissioning for all extinguishers installed under BS5306. This entails a full check of the extinguishers as they arrive on site and the correct weighing, preparation and certification of the extinguishers. Only then can you use the certification document as proof that you have taken your responsibility in accordance to your fire risk assessment seriously.

Pre-servicing or pre-labelling is therefore not permitted any longer. If you require your extinguishers to be installed in accordance to BS5306 you must have the extinguishers commissioned on site or alternatively you can have them installed and commissioned on site by a servicing company. BS5306 comformity is always required if you are a business or landlord or if you have to carry out a fire risk assessment.

Safelincs gives customers options. You can:

– buy the extinguisher and visually check the extinguishers yourself when it arrives (suitable for domestic use, only). Our extinguishers are protected in transit by head protectors or special handle and box design.

– order the extinguishers from us with ON SITE commissioning (suitable if the extinguishers replace existing extinguishers in a business environment). This service is carried out by BAFE registered Safelincs engineers and you will received a certificate for the commissioning.

– order the extinguishers from us with Installation and Commissioning, in which case our engineer will also hang the extinguishers in the most appropriate location (suitable for a first install in a new business or if you are uncertain about the current location of the extinguishers). This service is carried out by BAFE registered Safelincs engineers and you will received a certificate for the installation/commissioning.

Contract for Supply of Extinguishers

Safelincs are supplying E.ON UK, one of the UK’s largest power companies, with new fire extinguishers for the Grain Power Station in Kent.  Safelincs were asked to quote for the supply and commissioning of the extinguishers to replace all of the existing 525 extinguishers on site. All extinguishers are individually numbered to allow clear identification. We also offered the responsible disposal of the old extinguishers. Critical to our success was Safelincs’ ability to meet all of E.ON’s requirements, quoting Safelincs’ own extinguishers with 10 year warranty at unbeatable prices, and to deliver and commission within the required timeline.

Safelincs receive BAFE certification

Safelincs are pleased to announce their BAFE accreditation for the maintenance of portable fire extinguishers.

Safelincs have a nationwide team of BAFE registered fire extinguisher servicing engineers. The BAFE accreditation and the related logo gives customers a visible way of recognising the professional competence of the company and the peace of mind that all service work undertaken by Safelincs is carried out to the same standard anywhere in the country. BAFE is a non-profit making organisation dedicated to improving the standards in fire protection. Companies who achieve BAFE accreditation are able to demonstrate their competence and quality of their service through this third party certification.

Safelincs offer installation, maintenance and commissioning of fire extinguishers without tying companies into a long term service agreement. If you would like to discuss your extinguisher maintenance needs, please do not hesitate to contact Safelincs on 0800 612 4827 or visit Safelincs BAFE registration number: 1216

Fire Extinguisher Commissioning

If you are simply replacing your existing fire extinguishers, we are now offering an optional add-on in the checkout when you are purchasing fire extinguishers. Our new fire extinguisher commissioning includes the delivery and the initial service (called commissioning) of the new extinguishers on site!

Commissioning is different to our installation service, as it does not include wall-hanging or correct siting of your new extinguishers. This reduces your costs significantly. Of course, if you never had extinguishers installed at the premises before, you can still choose the fire extinguisher installation option rather than commissioning, as the installation option will include correct siting of the extinguishers in the best position and fixing them to the wall.
If you are entirely unsure of how many extinguishers you require, we can offer you a site survey. Any queries, just ring 0800 612 2946