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Do fire extinguishers need installing by a professional?
The short answer is no. When you purchase an extinguisher from a reputable source, they’ll come with instructions on how and where to install. Your fire risk assessment should have already identified the risks and the extinguisher to cover that risk should be located near. They can be installed on ‘J’ brackets that are often shipped with the fire extinguisher, or on a suitable stand or inside a cabinet.
Installation by a third-party may be preferred if there isn’t a suitably competent person available to fix the extinguishers in their correct places. This might be the lack of a handyman, or on larger jobs like an office fitout or new building.
What needs to be considered when installing?
If the design has been done right and all the risks considered, siting and installing the extinguishers should be straightforward. It's important that your risks are covered, yet possible confusion and health & safety risks are minimised.
For example, a CO2 extinguisher for use on an electrical distribution board shouldn't be located inside the cupboard. It should be on the outside so that the user points it inside and doesn't asphyxiate themselves while using it.
Portable fire extinguishers should be installed with their handles at 1m from the ground to allow them to be quickly and easily accessed when needed. If they are in an area where they may be subject to damage, theft or vandalism, suitable cabinets should be used.
Possibly most importantly, even though all users should be trained, possible mixups should be avoided. Water jet extinguishers shouldn't be installed near possible electrical fires. CO2 fire extinguishers shouldn't be placed inside confined spaces & dry powder extinguishers should never be used inside. It should be clear and simple by siting the required extinguisher near the risk.
Is it as simple as screwing a bracket to the wall?
Once installed, the extinguisher should always be 'commissioned'. Commissioning is very similar to a basic service, but carried out on a brand new fire extinguisher and must always be carried out by a suitable competent engineer. To complement your new fire extinguishers, correct signage to BS 5499 should also be fixed to the wall, stand or cabinet.
How much will it cost?
Installation is a fairly straightforward process for a trained engineer and they can be fixed into brick, block, concrete, timber or plasterboard walls with appropriate fixings. Rates vary depending on the exact type of installation required, but start at £9+VAT for a simple bracket install.
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