Fire Extinguishers should be serviced annually as well as an initial commissioning service when you install a new unit (to remove transport seals and to check the integrity of the unit). The servicing should be carried out by a qualified engineer.
Do you know the true cost of servicing your fire extinguishers?
When you are arranging the service and asking companies for quotes, you should consider the following:
Is the company qualified to carry out the fire extinguisher servicing?
Check they have a recognised accreditation, for example all our engineers have passed the BAFE Theory and Practice of Servicing Portable Fire Extinguishers examination.
Make sure you know how many Fire Extinguishers you have on site
It is important to give an accurate count to the company(s) quoting so they in turn can give you an accurate quotation to fulfil the servicing.
Make sure you ask if there are any added extras not showing on the extinguisher service quotation
Transparent pricing is key when gauging the true cost of servicing your fire extinguishers. Ensure you understand if replacement components are included in the quotation, these may be gauge dots, o-rings and tamper seals. It is also worthwhile asking if a call out charge or a minimum charge is applicable. Whenever we provide a quotation all replacement components are included.
Ask for a sample price list for replacement fire extinguishers
It is inevitable that some units corrode over time or become unserviceable due to age. Checking a sample fire extinguisher price list could help you to avoid nasty surprises. Replacement fire extinguishers are not always needed because of lost integrity, you will be surprised at how many times we have seen the wrong type of fire extinguisher placed in an area, which should a fire break out is totally unsuitable for use. Conversely, it is worth checking the company that is providing the service does not target their engineers on a commission basis. You should also be wary of cheap fire extinguishers.
Find out what the fire extinguisher servicing entails.
Make sure that the engineer will as a minimum:
- visually inspecting each appliance for corrosion and damage,
- will check the extinguisher has not been used,
- check the safety signage is clearly visible and correct for the unit,
- remove the discharge hose and check for blockages,
- will weigh the extinguisher and record the weight on the service label,
- wipe down the extinguisher and if fixed to the wall ensure the bracketing remains stable.
The importance of servicing your fire extinguishers cannot be over stated, it is equally important this is carried out by a competent and qualified engineer. Whilst we all appreciate a good price, be wary of cheap servicing, it may end up costing you much more than you want to pay!
Until next time… Stay safe!