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FAQs On Firefighting Equipment In Your Commercial Property

Fire safety is important on any property, however if you own a commercial property then you have a responsibility to keep your employees, customers and clients safe. Further to the infographic we produced a short while ago, here are our answers to some Frequently Asked Questions relating to firefighting equipment.

What Am I Legally Required To Do To Keep My Property Safe?

If your premises has a minimum of five working people, it is a requirement that you carry out and keep a copy of a fire risk assessment. Failure to do this will result in your being fined or in some cases prosecuted, not to mention endangering everyone who has access to your building.

It is also vital that you have the correct firefighting equipment in your property, placed in an area with easy access during an emergency. A fire on your premises is the second most common threat to a business, so it is important that you take sufficient protective precautions.

What Fire Extinguishers Do I Need On My Commercial Property?

Below is a downloadable chart that highlights the type of extinguishers you should have readily available at your commercial building, along with their colour coding and the types of fire they are designed to tackle. Every member of staff should be sufficiently trained in how to operate a fire extinguisher, and have a good comprehension of which type is needed for every type of fire.

Type of Extinguisher Classification Type of Fire To Tackle Colour
Water A Wood, Textiles, Paper, Coal and Fabric Red
Dry Water Mist A / B/ C / Some F classifications Wood, Textiles, Paper, Coal and Fabric / Petrol, Diesel, Oils and Liquids / Butane, Gas, Methane and Other Gasses / Fats and Deep Fat Fryers (Safe to use on electrical fires - if 1000 Volt or less - and only from 1m away as a minimum. Single Red with a White Background
Metal Powder D Magnesium, Metals and Swarf. Blue
Foam B / Electrical Petrol, Diesel, Oils and Liquids / Computers, Machinery and Other Electrics. Cream
CO2 B / Electrical Petrol, Diesel, Oils and Liquids / Computers, Machinery and Other Electrics. Black
Wet Chemicals A / F Wood, Textiles, Paper, Coal and Fabric / Deep Fat Fryers and Cooking Oils. Yellow
Hose Reel A Wood, Textiles, Paper, Coal and Fabric None
Powder A / B / C / Electrical Wood, Textiles, Paper, Coal and Fabric / Petrol, Diesel, Oils and Liquids / Butane, Gas, Methane and Other Gasses / Computers, Machinery and Other Electrics. Blue
Monnex Powder B / C Petrol, Diesel, Oils and Liquids / Butane, Gas, Methane and Other Gasses / Computers, Machinery and Other Electrics. Blue


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What Other Firefighting Equipment Should I Have In My Property?

fire door
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 specifies that all commercial buildings now require the implementation of a fire door that closes on detection of a fire. This will prevent a fire from spreading and could save valuable equipment, not to mention lives. We recommend a BWF-Certifire door if possible, as these provide traceable information that will help the next property owner, should you decide to move your business on.

We stock a variety of fire door hardware of the highest quality; click here to browse our selection. Once you have purchased and installed this equipment you must ensure that they are tested and maintained regularly.

In a similar way, investing in fire sprinklers will assist in protecting your property as much as possible. Where they have been fully implemented, they have controlled 99% of fires single-handedly; making them more than worth the cost. The size of your property will have an effect on the number of sprinklers you purchase, but we recommend no less than four.

Can I Install This Equipment Myself?

Firesafe.org.uk informs that your water sprinkler system must be professionally designed and installed by a company with a BRE certification LPS1048, meeting British Standards; while fire doors need to meet the BS EN 1154:1997 Building Hardware standards. We highly recommend seeking professional assistance to ensure the highest standards of safety.

What Regular Testing Should I Carry Out?

testing the smoke sensor
Aside from actively investing in regular maintenance of all your firefighting and prevention equipment, there are checks you can carry out independently, and should do so on a regular basis. Gov.uk makes the following recommendations:

  • Test your alarm systems weekly and keep a record. Refer to the UCL for a testing template.
  • Ensure your fire doors are regularly checked and close completely when needed.
  • Check your fire extinguishers at least once a month for dents, seal breakage and to ensure the correct pressure is maintained (ie. the needle should always be in the green zone)

These checks are quick and easy to carry out, yet failure to do so could have extremely detrimental effects in the event of a fire.

At Fire Seals Direct, we operate as independent stockists with a variety of products readily available for purchase. Whatever you are looking for, from fire door hardware to fire barrier products, browse our site for the highest quality products to keep your building and the people in it safe.

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