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Fire Extinguisher

An Introduction

Generally the regular visual inspections of all portable fire extinguishers be carried out by the user or user representative. A responsible person should ensure that the frequency of inspection regularly checks at least once a month and when circumstances require, inspection by the user should be carried out more frequently.

What you’ll Need To Ensure During The Inspection

  • The fire extinguishers are conspicuously located in its designated place.
  • Ensure each fire extinguisher easily visible, unobstructed, not blocked by the object and readily for use in case of a fire.
  • Check that the label indicating and operating instructions on the extinguisher are clear and legible and facing outward.
  • Check the label to ensure is the right type of the fire extinguisher for your business.
  • Check the pressure gauge dial for readability and ensure the dial pointing to the green to indicate a fully charged.
  • Check for dents, cracks or others sign damage on the body of fire extinguisher.
  • Check the hose ins intact, the safety pin is fastened securely within valve handle and the tamper seal (cable tie) is unbroken or missing.
  • Look for obvious signs of use or damage of any modifications that could reduce functionality.
  • The extinguisher should be recharged after complete or partial use
  • Extinguisher should be serviced annually by a qualified competent person.

Fire Blanket

An Introduction

Fire blanket is a specially treated glass fiber fabric which is very soft, smooth and does not irritate skin. Which use fiberglass thread to sew the fold and fire resistance ribbon. Since Fire Blanket is a kind of very soft fire distinguishing device. At the very beginning of a fire accident, it can be used to insulate the fire from oxygen, thus controlling the fire.

What you’ll Need To Ensure During The Inspection


  • Pull tape must be in place
  • Label is not torn, must be clean & in position
  • Free from contamination such as oil, grease, insect etc.….
  • Firmly mounted on wall


  • Perform monthly inspection
  • Open blanket & check for torn, damages, defraying, crack contamination, pull tape’s intact
  • Discard if found unfit for use.
  • Replace back with folding instruction

Smoke Detector

An Introduction

Smoke alarms are designed to detect a fire in its early stages and alert people so they have time to safely escape
the dwelling unit or building. The smoke alarm industry has experienced substantial growth since the model codes
began requiring their installation in one- and two-family dwellings in 1976. Since then, fire fatalities have
decreased in all majority occupancy classifications.

What you’ll Need To Ensure During The Inspection


  • Test the detector by pushing test button on cover and holding button down. This will sound alarm if all electronic circuitry, horn, and battery are working. If no alarm sounds, the units may have a defective battery or other failure. You can also test alarm by blowing smoke into it. Erratic noise or low sound from alarm may indicate a defective detector. Return it for service.
  • Clean the detector.When you are testing the detector each month, it is a good idea to use a vacuum cleaner attachment, a cleaning brush, or a soft cloth to clean any dust, dirt, or other debris that may have accumulated. In the event of a fire, buildup on the detector could cause it to malfunction
  • Insert new batteries every year.If you have a battery powered detector and even if it is functioning properly, it is a good idea to replace the batteries every year in order to make sure your detector is ready to go if and when you need it.

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Fire Extinguisher FAQs

Fire extinguishers come in a whole host of sizes and colours, so while we hope you never have cause to use one, it’s important to understand what they are best suited for and how to properly maintain them. Check out the following frequently asked questions about fire extinguishers to refresh your knowledge.


What is the best extinguisher for your home?

The best type of fire extinguisher for your home is a foam extinguisher, covering Class A and Class B fires, allowing you to tackle wood and paper fires as well as those involving burning liquids and liquefiable solids. To tackle a deep fat fryer fire, you will need an ABF extinguisher.


What is the red fire extinguisher for?

Fire extinguishers with red labels are water based for fires involving solids, while a red label on a white background is water mist and can be used on some electrical fires.


What is the blue fire extinguisher for?

The blue labelled fire extinguisher uses powder and can be used on either organic solids, oils, fats and petrol or combustible metals.


What is the cream fire extinguisher for?

The cream labelled fire extinguisher uses foam and can be used on electrical fires or paint and petrol.


What is the black fire extinguisher for?

The black labelled fire extinguisher uses carbon dioxide and can be used on live electrical equipment, including computer servers.


What is the yellow fire extinguisher for?

The yellow labelled fire extinguisher uses a wet chemical mixture and can be used on cooking oil fires, including for fat fires.


My pull pin is bent. Do I have to replace the pin and how?

A bent pull pin will need to be replaced or it could cause a jam. The tamper seal must be broken so the pin can be removed and replaced, the tamper seal must also then be replaced.


How long does a fire extinguisher last for?

A typical fire extinguisher will have an operable working life of approximately 10 years before it requires replacement.


How often does a fire extinguisher need to be inspected?

In compliance with British Standard 5306, fire extinguishers must be inspected and relabelled by a professional every year.


How often should we have a fire drill?

The recommended minimum number of fire drills per year is one fire drill. Many companies choose to increase the safety and understanding of the building evacuation plan by holding quarterly fire drills.


Can you refill fire extinguishers?

Fire extinguishers can be discharged, pressure tested and then refilled, providing the used cylinder meets the requirements.


Why does my fire extinguisher need servicing?

You are legally required to provide functioning fire extinguishers in your building to help protect your employees and the public. Fire extinguisher servicing guarantees that the fire fighting equipment in your building is in peak condition for its intended use.


What is British Standard 5306?

This is the British safety standard that requires all fire extinguishers in public buildings require an annual service to ensure they operate when required.


What are the benefits of a fire extinguisher service for me and my business?

You’ll gain peace of mind that your fire fighting equipment is in working order and you will be fulfilling your legal obligations as well as any insurance requirements.


What kind of organisations and businesses need their fire extinguishers serviced?

If you have to provide extinguishers as part of planning laws to protect employees and the public, then you are also required to carry out annual servicing.


What does the engineer do during his visit?

The engineer will clean, seal and label each fire extinguisher, as well as making sure it is suitable for its environment.


Will my business be disrupted by the engineer’s visit?

This will depend on the types of fire extinguisher on site and their locations. However, our engineers will always work with you to minimise any disruption to your working day.


Do I receive any documentation at the end of the visit?

You will receive a document detailing our visit and any recommendations made by the engineer. This is for your peace of mind and as proof to your insurer and local authority.


Do I need my fire extinguishers serviced annually?

Yes. It is a legal requirement under BS5306.


What are different types of extinguishers used for?

If you would like more information about the different types of extinguisher available, or information about the extinguishers that are already on your site, please call our team. A professional member of our team will be happy to explain in detail over the phone.


How long do fire extinguishers last?

The approximate life of a fire extinguisher is 10 years before it requires a controlled discharge, stretch test and refill. Factors affecting this shelf life are their location and ambient temperature.


If you have a question that has not been answered here, do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the Fire Action team. With over 15 years as the South East’s leading independent fire safety and security providers, we are happy to help you understand any of our invaluable services.