ASK THE EXPERT – what goes on in a BS?
We’ve talked about BS5306-8 (Fire Extinguisher installations) at length this month, but we haven’t looked into the requirements of the standard yet.
What follows is an abridged summary of the points covered in BS5306-8:
- Represents minimum standards – additional equipment may be necessary
- Forms part of Fire Risk Assessment ‘FRA’ – legal requirement
- Training is a legal obligation - hands on experience can be arranged on test discharges
- Non-Conformity Report – to be issued after an inspection visit, detailing any concerns, or recommended actions
Fire Extinguisher equipment
- Signage – to advise usage & type
- Mounting – on brackets or on stands, not free-standing
- Positioning – minimum distances apart
- Numbers – at least 2 x Class A on all storey’s of a building with an area of <400m2
- Class B – flammable liquids
- Class F – fats & oils
- Powder – ideally not for indoor use
As you can see, there are a lot of points to consider, a lot of boxes which need to be ticked, a lot of information which needs to be kept up-to-date.
However, we find that people prefer doing what they do best – running their businesses – and leaving the Fire Prevention to us here at MCFP. As usual, call us if you’re unsure – you know where we are.