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fire extinguishers

Post by Healthy&Safe » Mon Jun 08, 2015 4:28 pm

Hi all
I just had someone come up to me and say that they couldn't see any fire extinguishers in my workplace, we do have plenty around but they aren't all that visible. I had full health and safety audit last year and nothing was said then
I was wondering if there any any rules or regulations regarding fire extinguishers...
Do you need one per room?
what types do you need to provide?
viability?
any rules regarding different environments?
is there a fire extinguisher per person ratio that you need to adhere?
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Re: fire extinguishers

Post by bernicarey » Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:00 pm

Well without going into chapter and verse, since you haven't said what your particular workplace is...

Do you need one per room? No
what types do you need to provide? Depends
viability? .scratch Don't get this question...
any rules regarding different environments? Yes
is there a fire extinguisher per person ratio that you need to adhere? No

You might have had an 'Audit' but do you have a Fire Risk Assessment?

Simple answer to your problem, check the relevant guidance for your workplace : https://www.gov.uk/workplace-fire-safet ... -documents" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: fire extinguishers

Post by Healthy&Safe » Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:19 am

I work in an office / warehouse environments
sorry, spelling mistake, Visability. Should fire extinguishers be clearly visible with adequate signage

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Re: fire extinguishers

Post by wendolene26 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:27 am

I'm no expert, but I would expect fire extinguishers to be clearly visible and have adequate signage. The situation that generally requires use of a fire extinguisher is not one of calm and ordered thought, so having to think where to find one is likely to slow down taking action.
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Re: fire extinguishers

Post by grim72 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:28 am

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, any non-automatic fire fighting equipment should be identified with an appropriate sign.

It's recommended to include a fire equipment sign at a height of between 1.7m - 2m above ground to help identify it's location. The problem with offices is that there tends to be a lot of furniture/plants/people etc to obscure the view of the extinguisher - having a sign at height helps ensure the equipment can be easily located from anwhere in the room .
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Re: fire extinguishers

Post by dave247 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:31 pm

They should be clearly visible but was always told don't need to be in every room. Once had a wise fireman tell me that they should be next to nearest fire exit " if you have a fire in your area and you have to go get extinguisher from fire exit, when you get to fire, and find its out of control you are on the right side of the fire to get out".
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Re: fire extinguishers

Post by bernicarey » Tue Jun 09, 2015 4:09 pm

OK, so tackling this again....
Healthy&Safe wrote:I work in an office / warehouse environments
Use the Offices/Shops guide and the Factories/Warehouse one...

Back to original questions...
Do you need one per room? Still NO; as you've hopefully already found out, they should be no more than 30 mtrs away
what types do you need to provide? Depends on what's likely to be burning. The Offices probably need Water/CO2, though you might choose to go for a Foam/CO2 combination instead. Warehouse, depends on what's stored there...
visibility? Yes, you need to be able to locate them if not familiar with locations. Don't get taken in by the American love of hiding them in wall boxes!
any rules regarding different environments? Yes, have the right sort, ie you'd consider the static producing potential of a CO2 if in a DSEAR environment, protect them from weather and environmental considerations,etc
is there a fire extinguisher per person ratio that you need to adhere? NO, it depends on what's burning, how big, total area; not numbers there.
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