How Often Do Fire Extinguishers Need To Be Checked?

Here at Francis Fire Protection Services, we are proud to be your Google 5-star-rated local fire extinguisher company in Cheshire. It’s our mission to maximise fire safety for all small to medium-sized businesses. In order to do this, and ensure compliance with The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, Fire Safety Act 2022, and your Fire Risk Assessment, we provide quality BAFE accredited fire extinguisher servicing.

In this blog, we’ll be answering this question in detail; how often do fire extinguishers need to be checked?

We’ll cover the following:

  • Monthly Visual Inspection
  • Annual Fire Extinguisher Servicing
  • How Often Do Fire Extinguishers Need To Checked

Monthly Visual Inspection

As a business owner and Responsible Person, under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, there are certain monthly visual self-checks that you must undertake to ensure your fire extinguisher(s) are readily available and in full optimal fire safety working order. 

Here are the visual self-checks that need to be undertaken monthly and recorded in your Fire Safety Logbook – any issues identified must be reported immediately to your approved fire extinguisher company, requesting their attendance ASAP:

  • The extinguisher is in the correct place and easily accessible.
  • Pressure gauge check, ensure the gauge pin is in the green “correctly charged” zone.
  • Ensure the tamper tag is unbroken and the safety pin is in place safely.
  • Visually examine the extinguisher for obvious signs of damage, corrosion, or missing parts I.e., missing hose or horn.
  • Make sure the operating instructions and pictograms are clear and legible on the front of the extinguisher – also is the correct fire extinguisher ID sign above the extinguisher.

Annual Fire Extinguisher Servicing

Fire extinguishers should be professionally inspected and serviced at least once a year by a qualified third-party accredited fire extinguisher company just like Francis Fire Protection Services.

Fire extinguisher servicing provided by Francis Fire Protection Services includes a multitude of safety critical checks including things like o-ring(s) replacement, gauge check, weight and charge certification, correct provision, and siting Etc.

How Often Do Fire Extinguishers Need To Be Checked?

Essentially, you are legally obligated under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, Fire Safety Act 2022, and your Fire Risk Assessment to have your fire extinguishers serviced by a competent, third-party accredited, and insured company like Francis Fire Protection Services, at least once per year.

Moreover, you should also undertake monthly self-checks as outlined earlier.

It’s essential to follow these guidelines to ensure your fire extinguishers’ reliability in a fire emergency. Additionally, fire extinguishers should comply with British Standards BS5306 and in-line with your individual Fire Risk Assessment. It’s also a legal requirement, under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, to provide safety critical fire extinguisher training to all employees, ensuring they can all safely use fire extinguishers in the workplace.

Contact Francis Fire Protection Services

Francis Fire Protection Services – Cheshire’s fire extinguisher specialists, provide annual fire extinguisher servicing for small to medium-sized businesses throughout the county of Cheshire. Just a few examples of the types of organisations we work with include care homes, schools, offices, micro businesses, and many more. 

So, if you require fire extinguisher servicing, installations, repairs, assessments Etc. Francis Fire Protection Services are here to help.

Call us today at 01270 361 209 or use our online contact form.

Our Previous Clients: Testimonials

“Wayne did a full fit out for us 2 years ago and has done the servicing ever since. Nice guy, full of knowledge and knows anything to do with fire protection inside out.

“Wayne was very professional. Giving good advice and did an outstanding job. Easy to talk to and went the extra mile. Highly recommend.”

Further reviews can be found on our testimonials page.