Several British Standards apply to Portable Fire Extinguishers as listed below:
- British Standard EN3 Pt 7 2004 Characteristics, performance requirements and test methods
- British Standard 5306 Pt 3 2009 Fire extinguishing installations and equipment on premises
- British Standard 5306 Pt 8 2007 Selection and positioning of portable fire extinguishers
- British Standard 6643 Pt 1 2008 Recharging fire extinguishers
- British Standard 6643 Pt 2 2008 Specifications for powder refills
The supply and service of Portable Fire Extinguisher on customers premises are predominantly coverd by two main standards, British Standard 5306 Part 3 and British Standard Part 8, the reasons for the two of them is explained below.
Because fire extinguishers are often pressurised to several thousand pounds or 200 bar, they are regarded as a pressurised piece of life saving equipment. The ramifications to both your business and ours of a failure to operate when needed are immence.
The British Standard provide a measurable service level as the minimum required to keep the equipment in working condition. A brief explanation of the standards is outlined below.
British Standard 5306 Pt3
The main service standard for portable fire extinguishers approximately 29 pages, used as a reference by engineers in the service of fire extinguishers.
- Visual inspection by the responsible person (owner, manager or appointed person)
- Basic service, extended service and overhaul procedures
- Recharging of extinguishers
- Replacement of components
- Evaluation of fitness for service of extinguishers and actions to be taken Extinguishers which are to be condemned.
- Conditions indicating that an extinguisher is unsafe for use
- Extinguishers for which this standard provides no maintenance schedules
- Extinguishers which are not maintained
- Provision of a written report
- Maintenance documentation
- Permanent replacement of extinguishers
Selection and positioning of portable fire extinguishers approximately 28 pages used as a reference by engineers as to the number and type of extinguishers to specify and install.
- Importance of early planning
- Extinguisher, capacities and colour coding
- Suitability of extinguishers for various classes of fire
- Distribution of extinguishers according to fire classification and rating of extinguisher
- Accessibility and Travel Distance
To prove competence with the above standards, our staff attend the industry the best training programs with a end examination and are subject to internal quality assessments and must attend a refresher course every three years with another end examination.
3rd Party Accreditiaion
Despite the above standards the practical interpitation of the standards might vary from one company to another, to ensure best practice and consistancey we also invest in ISO 9001 quality assurance on our administration and BAFE (British Approvals for Fire Equipment) who run two schemes to accredit companies and engineers in the practical application of the standards. That is why we invest in comprehensive training programs with a accreddited examination at the end.
We are proud to use the British Standards for our third party accreditation inspections.
The BAFE Schemes
SP 101 Administration of contract maintenance of portable fire extinguishers. Inspected by the British Standard as part of our ISO inspection
ST 104 Engineers quality assurance scheme, ensuring technical skills and competence. Each engineer individually Inspected by a BAFE auditor.
We also subscribe to a dedicate National Trade Association (IFEDA) on fire equipment, this keeps us bang up to date with any issues in the trade, such as manufacturers failures, component failures, legal changes and industry improvements etc..