Keeping both fire alarms and fire extinguishers on your property is very important if you run a business. It is vital that you keep you and your staff safe as well as any assets and the premises itself if a fire should start. Here are some general questions on the use of fire extinguishers:
How many fire extinguishers do I need?
The amount of fire extinguishers that you need on your business premises depends on the size of the property that you have and the type of work that you conduct. A professional fire agent consultancy, such as Total fire services, is able to come and visit your property and determine the amount of fire extinguishers that you need and also conduct thorough risk assessments to help you keep your workplace safe.
Do I need to service all maintain my fire extinguishers?
Yes, maintenance and servicing of fire extinguishers should be conducted on a regular basis by a licensed and insured fire extinguisher consulting company. Total fire services has all of the training, experience, tools and parts to comprehensively service your fire extinguishers.
How often do I need to check my fire extinguishers?
You should check your fire extinguishers on a monthly basis to make sure that all of the fire extinguishers are in their designated places with no obstruction. An annual and thorough check should also be conducted to examine that all of the basic elements of the fire extinguisher is performing properly. This should be conducted by the licensed agency.
What will happen in my annual check?
When an annual check is being conducted byTotal fire services, many different aspects of the fire extinguisher will be analysed. This ranges from the accessibility of the fire extinguisher, the safety and stability of the bracket on the wall, the condition of the cylinder itself, the hose and the nozzle and so on. The representative will also thoroughly clean all the equipment and replace anyone labels. An inspection tag will also be affixed to the fire extinguisher.
Is an internal examination of the fire extinguisher necessary?
Every six years an internal examination of an emptied dry chemical fire extinguisher is conducted. This allows you to identify if there are any corrosion or interior problems with the fire extinguisher. Once they have passed this test, they can be recharged and reassembled and they will receive a six-year service label which will allow the fire extinguisher to remain on your property for a further six years.
Do fire extinguishers need to be installed at a certain height?
Fire extinguishers should generally be installed no more than 5 feet above the floor, so that any member of staff or member of the public can reach the fire extinguisher. The heavier the fire extinguisher is, the lower it should be installed to the ground.
Total Fire Services are able to conduct all of these checks for you and advise you on the suitability of your fire extinguishers. We can also install fire alarm systems to make sure your premises remains legally compliant, and carry out training and health and safety courses for you and your staff members.
Total Fire Services are the experts when it comes to Fire extinguisher maintenance and fire alarm systems. Based near Preston, our company is able to serve domestic and commercial properties in the nearby area.
What they say
"Due to internal resource issues we at Chessington World Of Adventures were struggling to meet our commitments of having "suitable and sufficient" fire risk assessment for all of our buildings and Rides on site. Meeting the challenge of maintaining our continued commitment to having "suitable and sufficient" fire risk assessments in place for all of our buildings and Rides on site required us to search for a competent third party supplier who could deliver our needs at a reasonable cost"
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