What is this standard about?
It details best practice in how to install and maintain portable fire extinguishers.
Who is this standard for?
Potential users include:
- Fire protection service technicians
- Fire & Rescue Services
- Fire extinguisher servicing companies
- Fire extinguisher manufacturers
- Facility management companies
- Police services
- Care home management companies incorporating sheltered accommodation
- Companies undertaking fire risk assessments
Why should you use this standard?
Because it provides the following:
- Recommendations for the initial commissioning of portable fire extinguishers
- Schedules for the subsequent maintenance of extinguishers installed in all locations
- Recommendations for handling certain obsolescent types of extinguishers, for which no maintenance schedules are provided
- Recommendations for the five levels of installation and maintenance:
- Basic service
- Extended service
- Overhaul procedures
What’s changed since the last update?
The standard was updated to reflect changes to both the products themselves and to environmental considerations. Specifically, the principal changes:
- Reflect new agreements with water regulators on the disposal of water based media
- Include recommendations for halon replacement gaseous agents
- Clarify the previous maintenance label
- Introduce electronic bar code labelling
- Clarify the actions to be taken on service exchange/replacement extinguishers at time of extended service
- Supply better guidance in respect of environmental issues re. discharging contents during extended servicing
- Clarify the do’s and don’ts on extinguisher safety pins and anti-tamper tags
- Overhaul the refresher system for extinguisher technicians
- Update Note 5 to delete FIA as they no longer offer training courses
- Add in the consideration that needs to be given to extinguishers serviced to manufacturers’ instructions outside of Annexes B & D-F