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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.