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Fire Extinguisher Tests Preston

We provide Fire extinguisher testing in Preston, whatever the size or nature of your business we can provide you with fire extinguisher testing, in addition we can also test all makes of fire extinguishers Regardless of the Manufacture of the ones in your premises. If you are a landlord, property or business owner in Preston and want your fire extinguishers tested then please feel free to contact our Preston team.

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The inspection involves checking each extinguisher through a series of disciplines as stated under the guidelines laid out by third party governing bodies for example F.E.T.A  (fire extinguishing trades association) or B.F.C (British fire consortium) in addition to the standards laid out in BS5306 Part 3.

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Servicing & maintenance information

In the UK, three types of maintenance are required:

  • Basic Service:

    All types of extinguisher require a basic inspection annually to check weight, correct pressure (using a special tool, not just looking at the gauge) and for signs of damage or corrosion, cartridge extinguishers are opened up for internal inspection & check weighing of the cartridge, labels are checked for legibility, where possible dip tubes, hoses and mechanisms checked for clear free operation.

  • Extended Service: Water, Wet Chemical, Foam & Powder extinguishers require every five years a more detailed examination including a test discharge of the extinguisher and recharging- on stored pressure extinguishers this is the only opportunity to internally inspect for damage/corrosion.

    By recharging fresh agent is used as they all have a shelf life, even water goes foul inside an extinguisher; Note: extinguishers should be percentage tested according to total number of units in any given area. Some extinguishers contain pressure in excess of 1.38 MPa (200psi) and this internal pressure over periods of time affects each brand & make differently depending on their placement & location.

  • Overhaul: CO2 extinguishers, due to their high operating pressure, are subject to pressure vessel safety legislation and must be hydraulic pressure tested, inspected internally & externally and date stamped every 10 years.

    As it cannot be pressure tested a new valve is also fitted. If replacing any part of the extinguisher (valve, horn, etc) with a part from another manufacturer then the extinguisher will lose its fire rating. This may invalidate insurance, as would incorrect or inadequate servicing if it were to be found.

Your obligations

Until the next service visit the responsible (or nominated) person should ensure that a visual inspection is carried out on all your fire extinguishers at least monthly. The reason for this requirement is that any problems with your fire extinguishers may remain undetected and uncorrected until the next service visit, it is important to document your visual checks and keep the record in your fire safety manual.

the following checklist will help you:

  • Check that the extinguisher is in it's correct location
  • Check that the anti-tamper seal is not missing
  • If stored pressure, visually check the pressure gauge
  • Check for any damage to the extinguisher
  • Confirm the operating instructions are legible
  • Ensure the extinguisher(s) are unobstructed & visible

Lack of maintenance can lead to an extinguisher not discharging when required, or rupturing when pressurized. Deaths have occurred, even in recent times, from corroded extinguishers exploding.

Our technicians in Preston are fully equipped and industry qualified to both F.E.T.A and B.F.C accreditations and strictly follow the guidelines as recommended in British standards, when we visit you for a service you will be provided with a free fire safety audit, this includes but not limited to a fire evacuation sign survey including emergency exits and escape routes, fire fighting equipment, first aid and fire evacuation signage.

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