Fire extinguishers require a six (6) monthly and an annual inspection from a competent person to Australian Standards 1851: 2012 Section 10. Similar to your car needing an oil change except that fire extinguisher servicing is a legal requirement and the penalties can be severe.
Do not use price as the reason for choosing your fire extinguisher servicing company – use quality, reputation and transparency of charges. Low prices come with hidden charges.
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*Note: Service parts include anti-tamper seals, safety pins, labels, O-rings, gauge tests and protective bags.
In addition, it may be worth asking the company for proof of a specialist fire protection insurance policy. This will enable the company to pay the cost of the damage if the equipment they pass as fit for use does not actually work and you suffer financial loss. Normal Product Liability Insurance does not cover this for fire safety equipment.
Extended Service, Periodic Discharge Testing and Pressure Testing
In addition to six (6) monthly and annual maintenance, every year, water and foam stored pressure extinguishers will need to be discharged, inspected and refilled. DCP and CO2 extinguishers will be pressure tested every five (5) years. Extinguishers must be discharge tested as per the Australian Standards to ensure they actually work and are in good condition internally.
|Type of extinguisher||Basic service (6 Monthly)||Annual Service||Pressure Test|
|Water||Visual||6 Month & Discharged||5 Years Or replaced|
|Foam||Visual||6 Month & Discharged||5 Years Or replaced|
|Powder||Visual||6 Month & Weighed & Inverted||5 Years Or replaced|
|CO2||Visual||6 Month & Weighed||5 Years Or replaced|
|Wet chemical||Visual||6 Month & Weighed||5 Years Or replaced|
With water and foam, they will be tested and refilled on site. Powder will be too messy for this and CO2 extinguishers require specialist hydraulic testing in a workshop. The technician will usually exchange these for ones that have been factory tested rather than discharge in-situ.
Please note that we tend to replace these with new as our price for new products is usually less than the price to refill or test. Plus, as that extinguisher is already 5 years old, it is possible to pay for the test and refill this year and for it to fail the service and need replacing next year.
Installation & Commissioning Service
When the extinguisher is removed from the box, each fire extinguisher will require an initial inspection; called a Level 1 Six Monthly Inspection as per the Australian Standards 1851:2012 Section 10. It should be carried out by a competent person on site after delivery. Failure to have the extinguisher commissioned by a certified technician on site runs the risk of invalidating the Site’s fire insurance cover.
Note: Beware of companies offering to “commission” or “certify” the extinguisher before delivery. This is not acceptable as the unit may be damaged during delivery. Also, the commissioning/installing service includes positioning in the correct location and checking suitability for the location.
All extinguishers must be fixed in a permanent, conspicuous and readily accessible position, between 100mm (minimum) to 2000mm (maximum) from the floor; this is dependent on the location.
Our new extinguishers are supplied with a suitable wall mounting bracket in the box. The back of the extinguisher will have a bracket holder welded onto the body and all AS models are the same fitting. CO2 extinguishers have a little hole on the back side of the brass valve by the handles.
If you transport the extinguishers, take a look at transport brackets and straps for extra support. Most 1kg and 2kg powders will come with a wire clip bracket suitable for transport.
As many of our modern shops and offices have partition walls or expanses of glass, this may not be always practical. In that case, a fire extinguisher stand would be suitable.