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Fire extinguishers do not have an indefinite life, even if they are never actually used. Their contents can lose pressure, the inside of the canisters are prone to rust and corrosion if the contents are liquid, and the canister seams can be weakened by continual high pressurization.
Seals can deteriorate, valves can stick, and fire extinguishers can become knocked and dented simply by being part of a building’s fixtures and fittings.
Fire extinguisher maintenance and care, in accordance with the Code of Practice stipulated in British Standard 5306 part 3, should be integrated into your premises Fire Risk Assessment and is, in effect, a legal requirement of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Not only should fire extinguisher servicing be carried out every 12 months, but also on installation of all new fire extinguishers. Immediately prior to placing a new fire extinguisher in its designated place, the extinguisher must undergo the sequence of commissioning service actions as described in British Standards 5306-3 Annex B, taking into account the safety precautions given in Annex C.
In the event of a fire, using the correct extinguisher is as important as discovering the fire itself. All modern fire extinguishers are clearly marked as to the type of fire they should be used on, so you can tackle small fires safely and easily. There are 5 main fire extinguishers currently in use and each fire extinguisher has instructions stating what type of fire it can be used on.