Fire Extinguishers


Fire ExtinguishersChurchesfire supplies a complete range of fire extinguishers to cover every type of location and risk.

Usually the first line of defence in a real fire scenario, your fire extinguishers must be kept in top working order so that you know they will be effective, should you have to use them. Annual maintenance – as well as being the best way to be sure of this – is also a legal requirement.

If you would like to discuss the fire extinguishers for your premises call us now on 0870 608 4350 or contact us here.


Extinguisher Colour Coding  

Different types of fire extinguishers are identified and distinguished by colour coding. Before 1996, the entire of the body of the extinguisher was painted with the appropriate colour. New extinguishers manufactured to BS EN 3 are coded with a coloured band covering up to 5% of the total surface area.

Type BS EN 3 Colour Code (manufactured 1996 onwards) Fire Class
Water Signal red A
Foam Signal red with a cream panel above the operating instructions A,B
Dry Powder Red with a blue panel above the operating instructions A,B,C
Carbon Dioxide Red with a black panel above the operating instructions B
Wet Chemical Red with a canary yellow panel above the operating instructions A,F


Fire Rating

All fire extinguishers carry a number followed by a letter on the front instructions; this combination denotes both the size and type of fire it will safely extinguish. The number is the size of fire it can extinguish under test conditions – the larger the number, the larger the fire it can extinguish. The letter indicates the fire classification as above. If a fire extinguisher carries more than one identifying letter, it is safe to use on different types of fires.

Extinguisher Allocation and Siting

The type, size and location for each fire extinguisher are dictated within British Standards. As a minimum, all premises require one nine litre water extinguisher for every 200m² of floor space, with a minimum provision of two extinguishers for any building. Special risks other than Class ‘A’ must be considered separately (electrics, gas, cooking oil) etc. Extinguishers should normally be sited on escape routes and in similar locations on all floors creating fire points. They should be fixed in a location where the extinguisher can be easily reached (near a door leading to a place of safety, on an escape route or adjacent to a specific fire risk). Extinguishers should be fixed at a height so that the carrying handle is 1m from the floor for heavier units and 1.5m for smaller units.

Maintenance

We provide an ongoing maintenance programme to ensure that your equipment is always kept in prime condition and will perform as intended. Our range of fire extinguishers is manufactured to BS EN3 and carries the BS Kitemark – a visible endorsement and quality approval from the British Standards Institution.

Commissioning

Commissioning of a new or refurbished extinguisher should be carried out by a competent person. After removal from its packaging and transit protection, and immediately before being placing in its designated location, the extinguisher must undergo the sequence of commissioning service actions described in British Standards, with the safety precautions being carefully observed.

In the event that the manufacturer has not marked the mass of the extinguisher or a nominal range of mass for the extinguisher, the competent person should consult the manufacturer’s workshop manual for that model or contact the manufacturer to obtain this information.

When all of these checks have been satisfactorily completed, the extinguisher should be installed and positioned in accordance with BS 5306-8.

Churches Fire Service Technicians

Our Fire Extinguisher Service Technicians all have to attend and pass a UKAS approved examination prior to working alone on customers’ premises. All have passed the BAFE Technicians Assessment, and field staff are subject to DBS disclosure. Each Service Technician carries two forms of identification – Company ID and BAFE ID – which include photographs. Each wears our company uniform, is issued with personal protective equipment and the complete range of tools and equipment to carry out their duties. They are continually assessed externally through LPCB, BAFE and internally via manager audits.

Our Service Technicians carry out a fire survey of the premises as part of the routine annual fire extinguisher service.  If, in their opinion, there are any discrepancies, a Fire Protection Survey Report is completed and issued to the customer.

Technicians are supplied with large vans that carry a comprehensive range of spares for many different extinguisher manufacturers, as well as new and replacement equipment. This enables us to provide an instant onsite maintenance facility for all makes of fire extinguisher.