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Fire Extinguisher FAQs

Here are our frequently asked questions regarding fire extinguishers. If you can’t find an answer to your question here, make sure to call us using the telephone number at the bottom of the page.

How long does a fire extinguisher last for?

A typical fire extinguisher will have an operable working life of approximately 10 years before it requires replacement.

How often does a fire extinguisher need to be inspected?

In compliance with British Standard 5306, fire extinguishers must be inspected and relabelled by a professional every year.

How often should we have a fire drill?

The recommended minimum number of fire drills per year is one fire drill. Many companies choose to increase the safety and understanding of the building evacuation plan by holding quarterly fire drills.

Can you refill fire extinguishers?

Fire extinguishers can be discharged, pressure tested and then refilled, providing the used cylinder meets the requirements.

Why does my fire extinguisher need servicing?

You are legally required to provide functioning fire extinguishers in your building to help protect your employees and the public. Fire extinguisher servicing guarantees that the fire fighting equipment in your building is in peak condition for its intended use.

What is British Standard 5306?

This is the British safety standard that requires all fire extinguishers in public buildings require an annual service to ensure they operate when required.

What are the benefits of a fire extinguisher service for me and my business?

You’ll gain peace of mind that your fire fighting equipment is in working order and you will be fulfilling your legal obligations as well as any insurance requirements.

What kind of organisations and businesses need their fire extinguishers serviced?

If you have to provide extinguishers as part of planning laws to protect employees and the public, then you are also required to carry out annual servicing.

What does the engineer do during his visit?

The engineer will clean, seal and label each fire extinguisher, as well as making sure it is suitable for its environment.

Will my business be disrupted by the engineer’s visit?

This will depend on the types of fire extinguisher on site and their locations. However, our engineers will always work with you to minimise any disruption to your working day.

Do I receive any documentation at the end of the visit?

You will receive a document detailing our visit and any recommendations made by the engineer. This is for your peace of mind and as proof to your insurer and local authority.

Do I need my fire extinguishers serviced annually?

Yes. It is a legal requirement under BS5306.

What are different types of extinguishers used for?

If you would like more information about the different types of extinguisher available, or information about the extinguishers that are already on your site, please call our team. A professional member of our team will be happy to explain in detail over the phone.

How long do fire extinguishers last?

The approximate life of a fire extinguisher is 10 years before it requires a controlled discharge, stretch test and refill. Factors affecting this shelf life are their location and ambient temperature.


If you have a question that has not been answered here, do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of the Fire Action team. With over 15 years as the South East’s leading independent fire safety and security providers, we are happy to help you understand any of our invaluable services. Call us on 0800 030 6076 or use our handy contact form.

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