Does UK fire safety law apply to me?
The straightforward answer to the question, "Do my fire extinguishers need to be serviced?" is yes, if you are, for example, an employer. There are many circumstances and organisations to whom fire legislation applies. The main fire legislation in England & Wales is currently in the form of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. If you think you need professional advice please contact us for assistance.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires that:
Fire extinguishers, and other installed fire equipment, must be fit for purpose, properly installed and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions or relevant British Standard Code of Practice.
Why is having my fire extinguishers serviced on a regular basis necessary?
Having the correct fire extinguishers & fire equipment is critically important. However, you also need to ensure your fire extinguishers and other fire-fighting equipment, such as fire suppression systems, are regularly inspected and serviced so that they remain ready to use as intended, if required. Equipment can easily become damaged, too old to rely on, be moved to an incorrect place or even stolen. It may also have actually been used for its intended purpose and now needs to be refilled, or it may have possibly been fired off by mistake or maliciously. There are many reasons why fire equipment needs to be inspected and serviced regularly.
We strongly advise and encourage you to have your fire extinguishers, and other fire-fighting equipment, serviced & maintained on a regular basis and only by a qualified and competent person such as a BAFE accredited service technician.
If you are in any doubt about what you need to do, we would advise you to contact a professional who can clarify things for you. You can contact us or, if you are outside of our servicing area, then we suggest finding a BAFE accredited business via the BAFE website.
INFORMATION PROVIDED ON THIS WEBSITE IS NOT INTENDED TO BE TREATED AS PROFESSIONAL ADVICE AND SHOULD NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BE USED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL ADVICE. ALWAYS CONSULT A FIRE PROFESSIONAL FOR ADVICE ON YOUR PARTICULAR CIRCUMSTANCES AND REQUIREMENTS.