Fire extinguishers are essential tools for quickly and effectively combating small fires, providing a crucial line of defence in emergencies. However, simply having fire extinguishers on hand is not enough to ensure their reliability in a time of need. Annual servicing and maintenance are essential to ensure that fire extinguishers are fully functional and ready to perform when required.

The Hartson Fire experienced engineers explain the importance of Annual servicing of your fire extinguishers and the benefits it provides for fire safety.

Annual servicing of fire extinguishers involves thorough inspections, testing, and maintenance to ensure that they are in proper working condition. This includes checking for any signs of damage or corrosion, verifying the pressure levels, and ensuring that all components are functioning correctly. By addressing any issues promptly, servicing helps maintain the reliability and effectiveness of fire extinguishers when they are needed most.

Compliance with Regulations

UK fire extinguisher regulations state that extinguishers must be serviced annually (i.e. once a year) by a competent person. This generally means by someone with the relevant BAFE qualifications or equivalent, like the team at Hartson Fire.

Failure to comply with these regulations can result in fines, penalties, or even legal liabilities in the event of a fire-related incident. Regular servicing ensures that fire extinguishers meet regulatory standards and helps businesses remain in compliance with local fire safety codes.

Extends Lifespan

Like any mechanical device, fire extinguishers require Annual maintenance to prolong their lifespan and maximise their performance. Servicing helps prevent premature wear and deterioration of components, ensuring that fire extinguishers remain operational for their intended lifespan. This not only protects your investment in fire safety equipment but also provides peace of mind knowing that your extinguishers are reliable and ready to use.

Importantly, Hartson Fire will issue you with a compliance certificate and report following each annual check.

Minimises Risk of Malfunction

A malfunctioning fire extinguisher can have serious consequences in an emergency situation, potentially leading to property damage, injuries, or loss of life. Annual servicing helps identify and address any issues or defects before they escalate into critical problems. By proactively maintaining fire extinguishers, the risk of malfunction is minimized, and the likelihood of successful fire suppression is increased.

Promotes Safety Awareness

Annual servicing of fire extinguishers also serves as an opportunity to educate employees, tenants, or household members about fire safety procedures and the proper use of extinguishers. Fire safety training, coupled with routine servicing, reinforces the importance of fire prevention, evacuation protocols, and the role of extinguishers in mitigating fire hazards. This promotes a culture of safety consciousness and preparedness among occupants of the building or premises.

Hartson Fire

Annual servicing of fire extinguishers is a critical aspect of fire safety management, ensuring that these vital firefighting tools are ready to perform effectively in the event of a fire. From ensuring proper functionality to compliance with regulations and promoting safety awareness, the benefits of annual servicing are manifold. By investing in routine maintenance and servicing, businesses and individuals can enhance their fire safety preparedness and protect lives and property from the devastating effects of fire.

At Hartson Fire, we don’t only have a team of qualified engineers who carry out annual maintenance servicing of fire extinguishers across Wales and the West, but we also use dedicated software which alerts us when our customers’ extinguishers are due for their annual servicing.  This approach means that the emphasis is on us to contact you when your extinguishers are due for servicing taking away that responsibility and allowing you get on with running your business.  

A member of our team will contact when your annual maintenance check is due, ensuring you don’t miss any servicing deadlines for your fire safety equipment.

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