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Fire Extinguishers

Fire Extinguishers - Installation & Maintenance

It’s a legal requirement for all businesses to provide sufficient Fire Extinguishers to satisfy their Fire Risk Assessment. Employers must offer staff a way to fight small fires, in addition to a regular fire detection and warning system.

You can also fall foul of the Law if you don’t have the correct type of extinguisher for your circumstances or if the right equipment is not maintained properly.

Failure to comply has serious consequences and, in the worst circumstances, leads to large fines, imprisonment and failure of the insurance company to pay for damage. You need to bring in the experts!

The best thing to do is to employ a BAFE and NSI Gold approved company like Southend-based Blake Fire & Security Systems to:

  • Organise your Risk Assessment so you provide the correct level of protection for your staff
  • Survey your premises to fully mitigate the fire risks highlighted
  • Maintain your fire extinguishers to ensure they perform in time of need

We can supply, install and service AFF Foam, ABC Powder, Water, CO2, Wet Chemical Extinguishers and Fire Blankets.

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Which type of Fire Extinguisher do I need for my business?

Which type and how many depends on your Fire Risk Assessment and your business itself.

For instance, the versatility of a powder extinguisher – solids, flammable liquids and gases, electrical fires – makes it a popular choice. But, if your business involves catering or clothing, watch out, it leaves an almighty mess. So CO2 might be a better choice in combination with a water or foam extinguisher.

Essentially you need two things to be sure you make the right choice:

  • A professional risk assessment
  • An expert from Blake Fire and Security Systems to help you work out and install the best solution for your specific requirements

Choosing based solely on price could prove expensive - or even disastrous - as you could end up with inadequate equipment.  If the worst does happen you need to protect your business, staff and customers or face the consequences.

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What are Fire Extinguisher ratings and why should I care?

The various types of extinguisher are rated on the types and size of fires they can effectively extinguish. The letter indicates the class of fire while the number denotes the size of fire it can extinguish in test conditions.

Obviously, the exact rating required depends on the specifics of your business. The experts at Blake Fire & Security Systems are fully qualified to NSI and BAFE standards and will ensure you choose the correctly rated extinguisher for your business. Get it wrong and you could be neglecting your duty of care to your employees.

How do I keep my extinguishers in good working order? Do they need to be tested or serviced?

Yes. Just like a car you need to keep your firefighting equipment in good working order. This requires a visual inspection each month to check for damage and a professional service to standard BS 5306-3 each year.

In addition, extinguishers need to be replaced every five to ten years as appropriate. Of course, if they have been used, they need to be replaced as soon as possible.

We can service all types of extinguisher, including Chubb - even if we did not originally carry out the installation.

Blake Fire & Security Systems are BAFE and NSI Gold approved to carry out your annual extinguisher service – give us a call on 01702 447800

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Do I have to get my extinguisher mounted? Can’t I just put it in the corner, on the floor?

All extinguishers need to be fixed in a permanent location. Leaving it in the corner, on the floor is not an option. Those with contents of 3kg/litres (also 2kg CO2) must be wall mounted, if possible. In certain cases, wall mounting can be difficult, in which case stands can be used.

How many do I need?

Refer to your Fire Risk Assessment. It depends on the size of your premises and whether you are a low or high risk business. A rule of thumb for low risk businesses, ensure all employees are within 30m of a functional fire extinguisher. This is general advice and there are exceptions where extinguishers need to be within 10m of the fire risk.

It’s common sense, your employees need to get hold of one quickly, so your extinguishers need to be close to all areas where members of staff are likely to be. Also, you need to ensure all employees know where they are located.

What about signs for the extinguishers, are they really necessary?

Yes they are. If a fire breaks out there is likely to be a certain amount of panic. It’s part of your duty of care to ensure this panic is kept to a minimum. Under stress, people can forget where they are located, it has to be absolutely obvious where your extinguishers are. Signs help with this and are critical! Emergency Lighting ensures that everything can be seen at night or if the power fails.

Blake Fire & Security Systems' experts will ensure your extinguishers are correctly sited and offer the best possible protection in case of fire.

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Blake's say...

Blake Fire & Security Systems have a long and successful track record of delighted commercial clients from numerous sectors. Our clients can be certain they will get the highest quality service that complies completely with the FSO regulations.

Ian Blake - Managing Director

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Why choose Blake's?

Blake Fire & Security Systems are fully approved to supply, site, commission and maintain portable Fire Extinguishers for your business – BAFE and NSI Gold. Our long and successful track record of delighted commercial clients, across numerous industries in all kinds of buildings in Essex, London and across the South-East speaks for itself.

Our Company is big enough to do the job properly - we are qualified to provide Fire Alarms and Emergency Lighting as well - yet small enough to provide a personal touch. We don’t use a call centre, you can speak directly to one of our professional experts.

You can relax, safe in the knowledge that you will get the highest quality service that complies completely with the FSO regulations. Compliance can be difficult to understand but Blake will walk you through it all, one step at a time.

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Dedication to accreditation

Fire Protection Certification in a nutshell

Blake Fire and Security Systems are fully qualified to provide a professional service ensuring your business is not caught out by FSO regulations. In relation to Fire Extinguishers, we have NSI Fire Gold Scheme approval. This covers the supply, positioning, commissioning and maintenance of portable extinguishers: SP101/ST104.

In addition, NSI Gold approval means that we are audited beyond BAFE competency standards and tests for quality management, so you, the client, get:

  • Reliable, polite, qualified staff, both customer facing and on the phone
  • The highest quality, reliable extinguishers
  • A bespoke extinguisher solution supplied and installed by qualified experts to perfectly fit your needs and budget

BAFE make the rules, NSI make sure we comply with them!

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