Fire Extinguisher Checks

To prevent contravening the British Standards 5306, your extinguishers should be visually inspected by a competent person once every month. Most of our customers undertake this check at the same time as their emergency lighting checks.

To prevent contravening the British Standards 5306, your extinguishers should be visually inspected by a competent person once every month. Most of our customers undertake this check at the same time as there emergency lighting checks.

This test is very simple and does not take long to undertake:

  • Check the plastic anti-tamper seal is in one piece (a plastic tag usually through the pin).
  • Check the anti tamper pin is present (a metal or plastic pin that goes through the handle).
  • Check the gauge (if fitted) is within the green.
  • Visually inspect the extinguisher (including the handle and hose) for dents or damage.
  • Check the instructions on the extinguisher can be clearly read.
  • Ensure the wall hook is secure and not damaged.
  • Ensure the usage sign is fitted by the extinguisher.
  • Fill in your log book (downloadable link below).

Please ensure you lift the extinguisher using the correct lifting and handling method as extinguishers can be heavy !!

If you have been informed that an extinguisher has been used/damaged or it does not pass the test shown above, contact your maintenance contractor immediately.

Don’t forget extinguishers are pressurised containers, treat with care!