Fire Extinguisher Maintenance

It is important that portable fire extinguishers are maintained to a quality standard to ensure they are always read to be used in the event of a fire. Fire extinguishers are a safety provision which can often be overlooked, but it is the first thing you would look for if a small fire broke out in your building. It is crucial that your extinguishers are serviced and maintained on a regular basis to ensure your building is ready with the correct provisions in the event of an emergency. Spire Security can service and maintain your extinguishers in compliance with safety regulations. It is recommended that you follow a structured servicing plan which we can put together to suit the type of extinguishers you have in your building.

Types Of Extinguishers

Type of ExtinguisherVisual InspectionBasic ServiceExtended Service
Water/Water basedMonthlyAnnually5 years
PowderMonthlyAnnually5 Years
Powder – primary sealedMonthlyAnnually10 years
CO2MonthlyAnnually10 years

Maintenance Basics

A visual inspection should be carried out and recorded on a monthly basis. This inspection should cover:

  • The location of the extinguisher
  • Visibility of the extinguisher
  • Operating Instructions – are they easy to read?
  • Condition – Has it been used and are there any obvious damaged or missing parts
  • Pressure – is the pressure within safe operating limits
  • Tamper seals – have these been broken

Extended servicing should be carried out either every 5 years or 10 years, depending on the type of extinguisher.  This involves completely discharging the extinguisher and checking for internal corrosion, refilling and pressurising.  This can be performed by the team at Spire Security.