Fire safety is of the utmost importance in any industry, for any business of any size. For that reason, it is crucial that you invest into a fire extinguisher service.
In the event of a fire, while calling 999 is of course the first precautionary step you may have to take matters into your own hands for yours or somebody else’s safety. This level of responsibility means that you need to be well equipped with a fire extinguisher and/ or a commercial fire blanket should a disaster strike.
It is important to note that the fire doesn’t necessarily have to be life threatening to need a business fire extinguisher or blanket.
The reason behind being well equipped is to tackle a small level fire before it gets out of control.
Investing in a fire extinguisher service means that your commercial space is going to be well equipped with regulated fire fighting equipment so you can tackle a small fire should you be put in the situation to do so. If you’re unsure about what a commercial fire extinguisher and blanket may look like, take a look below.
These are the two staples that you need and having a professional from our team at Kiasu Fire & Security come and complete a fire blanket and fire extinguisher installation you can rest assured that the hard work has been taken care of and your business has another compliance job ticked off your list.
Fire Extinguisher Service and Maintenance
So you have your fire safety inventory ticked off your list, but what about maintenance fire extinguisher services?
Our team at Kiasu Fire & Security ensure that should the worst happen and you need to use your commercial fire equipment, they actually work. Regular servicing helps identify and address any issues promptly, so count on us to ensure the well functioning of your extinguishers and commercial fire blanket(s).
Overtime, it is normal to require servicing from a professional so that you’re able to count on equipment like a commercial fire extinguisher or blanket should you need to.
Our professional contractors are able to come out and help you keep your fire safety equipment in shape from alarms to extinguishers and grant you with the peace of mind you need to operate your business in safe conditions for you, your staff and customers.
Why Do Fire Extinguishers Need Servicing?
While we may walk by a fire commercial fire extinguisher or blanket day in day out, it is important that we take note of how crucial the well functioning of these are. Fire’s are accidents, something that we can only be prepared for.
However, no matter the amount of preparation in place, accidents happen and fires occur. In fact, it is common for fires to happen in commercial spaces while preventative measures will be in place, you still need to be ready to react when a fire breaks out.
That being said, fire blanket and fire extinguisher services are vital to ensure that any wear and tear have been addressed. Plus, you must be prepared for inspections where applicable, if your fire equipment is not in good shape, you could fail a fire safety inspection.
Most importantly and above all, taking the chance of your fire equipment not being in good shape is an incredibly dangerous chance to take. So, opt for a regular fire blanket and fire extinguisher service to ensure you’re taking all the right precautions necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Often Should Fire Extinguishers Be Serviced?
Fire extinguishers should be serviced at least annually by a qualified technician. However, over time they may require a more thorough inspection, typically every few years.
This can be around every five or six years, to ensure they meet regulatory standards and remain in good working condition.
When Should I Replace a Commercial Fire Blanket?
You should replace a commercial fire blanket when an inspector deems it unsatisfactory and fails the efficacy of your current blanket. Ultimately, it is based on how effective the blanket would act in a fire emergency.
Thus, if your blanket has encountered flames already, or if you see holes due to wear and tear, it is time for a replacement. A blanket may also come with an expiration date, you should check this and ensure when it is leading up to expiration you invest in another commercial fire blanket.
Do I Need Both Fire Extinguishers & Blankets?
Yes, while fire extinguishers are essential for suppressing fires, fire blankets are a great counterpart that can smother fires or can also be used to wrap around a person should it be necessary.
Thus, having both work together for a complete solution before the fire brigade gets to you. The more fire equipment you have to keep you and others safe, the better.
What Are the Types of Fire Extinguishers?
There are various types of commercial fire extinguishers used and this is depending on the type of fire.
There are 4 main classes of fire extinguishers, including:
- Water Extinguishers (Class A)
- Foam Extinguishers (Class A and B)
- Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Extinguishers (Class B and Electrical)
- Dry Powder Extinguishers (Class A, B, C, and Electrical)
- Wet Chemical Extinguishers (Class F)
It is really important that you opt for the correct fire extinguisher based on your needs as a commercial space. For example, if you work in a kitchen you’re likely to need a fire extinguisher that is designed to fight oil fires whereas this might not be as necessary in a retail shop.
All needs are different which is why it is recommended to invest in a professional fire extinguisher service to find out what you need and get it installed.
Contact Kiasu Fire & Security today to find out how we can help you to do just that.