fire extinguisher commissioning

When you buy a fire extinguisher from a web site it will normally be delivered by a carrier by van and therefore it is not possible to 'commission' it at source as it could be damaged, lose pressure or be accidentally discharged during transit.

British Standard 5306-3 states that "the commissioning of an extinguisher should be carried out by a competent person".

It is worthy of note that British Standards are recommendations, not legal requirements, however the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (Fire Safety Order) states that any equipment (such as fire extinguishers) "are subject to a suitable system of maintenance and are maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair".

There is no legal requirement to have fire extinguishers commissioned by a competent person, however if the extinguisher does not work then it may put people or property at risk. Fire extinguisher installers usually carry 'efficacy' insurance to cover them for such an event.

The procedure for commissioning is as follows:

1. Check the tamper device is intact;

2. Check the pressure gauge s in the green (where fitted);

3. Check the extinguisher for corrosion or damage;

4. Weigh the extinguisher and record on the maintenance label;


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