Fire Extinguishers from Banham
Fully approved UK fire extinguishers from Banham. Fire prevention specialists Banham, offer a full range of fire extinguishers to provide personal safety, whilst limiting potential damage to equipment and property.
Fire Extinguishers - Are you protected?
Every year thousands of people are injured by fire and smoke, although there is no foolproof method to prevent this from happening Banham Fire can help make your property a safer place. We install and maintain fire extinguishers as recommended by the Fire Protection Association.
The law - Regulatory Reform Order 2006
This regulation transfers responsibilities to employers to assess Fire Safety risks, implement measures to fight, detect and give warning of fire, plan exit routes and keep those routes clear of obstructions, and ensure the safe evacuation of the building.
Portable fire-fighting equipment, conforming to British Standard 5306:2003 part 3, must be readily accessible, simple to operate and clearly labelled, with designated persons nominated to implement these measures.
Annual Inspection and Maintenance by a Competent Person
In order to conform to British Standard 5306:2003 Part 3, you should ensure that all fire extinguishers are inspected, serviced and properly maintained at least once a year.
Banham Fire can offer a service whereby we are happy to maintain both our own and your existing fire extinguishers.
Maintenance must be carried out by a competent engineer trained according to BS Standards, who will ensure that appliances are sited correctly, fully operational and not damaged.
A maintenance record card attached to each extinguisher will be completed and signed at the time of the visit.
Note: From 1st January 2004 it is an offence to possess Halon extinguishers and any existing units must be safely disposed of immediately.
A Guide to Fire Extinguishers
Kitchen: Dry powder plus a fire blanket.
Ground Hall: Water or foam near the front entrance area.
Landings (Usual Escape Points Via Stairs): Water or foam on all bedroom levels if two or more landings.
Basement: Water or foam by entrance door.
Fireplaces: Small dry powder placed in each room that has a fireplace.
A more substantial fire extinguishing capability will be required. The general requirement is for one 9 litre water extinguisher for every 200 sq metres of floor space with a minimum of two extinguishers.
All entrances to building
One foam or water and one dry powder or CO².
Required if it is a closed or separate area to the main entrances. The appropriate extinguisher should be fitted (i.e. foam or water/carpet/paper etc and dry powder or CO² for electrical equipment/computers etc).
Repeat the above on different levels or very large offices (i.e. extinguishers should be fitted at either end).
Factories / Commercial Units
Appropriate extinguishers should be placed by all entrances, to include the front, middle and rear of the building.
General rules for fixing locations
They should be fixed in a location where the extinguisher can be reached quickly and seen easily.
They should be fixed at an elevated height so that the carrying handle is 1m from the floor for heavier units and 1.5m for smaller units.
They should be fixed near the door leading to a place of safety, in shallow recesses if possible.
They should NOT be fixed over cookers or heaters and away from extremes of temperature.
Ensure a maximum 30m travelling distance from a fire to an extinguisher.
For special risks they should be adjacent to the risk but not too close to prevent use in the event of fire occurring.