All fire extinguisher should be installed and commissioned by a competent person. Traditional steel/aluminium extinguishers must also be serviced, again by a competent person, annually thereafter.
The annual service of traditional steel/aluminium extinguishers involves the following activities:
* We do not offer an extended service on foam extinguishers as many, especially older units, contain the fluorosurfactant PFOA as their additive. This is known to cause cumulative environmental damage (hence the nickname "forever chemicals")
Upon completion of the annual extinguisher service, the competent person should provide the responsible person at the customer with a written maintenance report detailing the work carried out and record relevant information from the written report in a fire safety log book.
In addition to the servicing carried out by the competent person, the customer’s responsible person must carry out an additional, regular visual inspections of all extinguishers, usually once a month, to determine that:
The responsible person should record the results of these visual inspections in a fire safety log book and arrange for any corrective action to be carried out.
Important: Service-free extinguishers, such as the P50 extinguishers do not require an annual service by a competent person. Instead, they require a simplified annual visual inspection by the owner/user which is also recorded in the fire safety log book. The P50 is also only re-filled after 10 years rather than the 5 years.
Reviewed: 05/07/2022 (doc:571 V1.0). Our articles are reviewed regularly. However, any changes made to standards or legislation following the review date will not have been considered. Please note that we provide abridged, easy-to-understand guidance. To make detailed decisions about your fire safety provisions, you might require further advice or need to consult the full standards and legislation.