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5 changes to Fire Extinguishers that could affect your insurance cover

We hope you have been notified by your current supplier of changes to BS5306:8. If not please take a minute to read this to check you still meet with the British Standards, as failure to do so can invalidate your insurance.


1. Outside Extinguishers

Extinguishers that are stored outside and require Freezol antifreeze must have the contents replaced annually. At the same time the canisters must be flushed out and checked for corrosion. This is due to the corrosive effect of the antifreeze on the inside of the extinguisher canister.


2. No powder extinguishers indoors

BS 5306-8 Clause 5.4.3 states that powder extinguishers should not be used indoors unless specified by a health & safety risk assessment.

Powder extinguisher have many problems. They are messy and reduce visibility within a confined area so they can jeopardise escape and rescues. They can contaminate stock and cause damage to expensive equipment. They do not prevent re-ignition of flammable liquids and are not suitable for chip pan fires. 

If you have a powder extinguisher inside your premises then you need to ask why; if it is there for a specific risk then you are not complying with the British Standards, which can invalidate your insurance. 

Ask your current provider or call us for a free, no obligation survey to check these things for you.


3. ONLY Class F fire extinguishers for cooking fat or oil risk areas

Class F fire extinguishers are designed specifically for cooking fats and oils; BS5306:8 states that ONLY Class F fire extinguishers are permitted inside areas that have a cooking fat or oil risk. This means that if you have a chip pan of any type or size then only class F extinguishers are permitted failure to comply may invalidate your insurance and more importantly endanger your staff. The size and quantity of extinguishers can be worked out from the surface area of the fryer. Your maintenance company should be advising you on the requirements for your kitchen. If not please call us.


4. Change in the number of extinguishers required

A small, single-storey office was rated 13A and required a single extinguisher, but this has now been changed to 26A which requires two extinguishers. This change will affect a large number of businesses, and if it is not followed could affect the insurance cover.


5. Change in fire point distances

There are changes to the distance between fire points, which also means an assessment of your fire extinguishers and their positioning is highly recommended.
If a fire extinguisher fails an inspection and requires a replacement then it must be replaced at the time of service, so please don’t leave any thing to chance.

If you’re unsure about your extinguishers please get in touch. We don’t work on commission so will never sell you anything you don’t need. 

Give us a call for a free, no obligation survey to put your mind at rest. 01993 841660 

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