FAQ

CLYDE SAFETY FAQs

 

DOES MY BUSINESS NEED A FIRE EXTINGUISHER?

Yes! It is a legal requirement that all commercial premises have in place a minimum number of fire extinguishers, which are correctly installed and maintained. Our experienced team can provide a free, no obligation quote, explaining exactly how many fire extinguishers are required per square feet, and taking into account the nature of your business and type of fire extinguishers best suited.

 

WHAT TYPE OF FIRE EXTINGUISHER DO I NEED?

The type of fire extinguisher required is outlined within the British Standards for Fire extinguisher appliances (BS 5306) and is determined by the nature of the business conducted on your premises. Our team can talk you through this process and the options available.

 

HOW MANY DO I NEED?

The number required will be calculated by floor area and specific risks within the premises.

 

DO I NEED A FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT?

Yes! The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO) state that fire risk assessments are a legal requirement for all UK businesses. Our highly skilled team have many years’ experience of all business types and are happy to provide you with a no obligation quote to provide a full Fire Risk Assessment.

 

DOES MY BUSINESS REQUIRE PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING?

Yes! Under the 1989 Electricity at Work Regulations, employers, landlords and businesses must limit the risks involved in using electrical equipment, including all portable electrical appliances. In most cases we can provide a quote over the telephone / email for this service, dependent on the number of appliances within your workplace.

 

WHAT IS MEANT BY THE CLASSIFICATION OF FIRE ?

Each type of fire has a different classification, which is denoted by the type of fuel that is burning:

Class A              Combustible materials i.e. wood, paper and textyles.

Class B              Flammable Liquids i.e. diesel, oil and fats.

Class C              Flammable Gases i.e. propane, butane and methane.

Class D              Flammable Metals i.e. aluminium, sodium and zinc.

Class F              Cooking Oils i.e used in chip pans and deep fat fryers

 

WHICH TYPE OF FIRE EXTINGUISHER IS USED FOR EACH CLASSIFICATION OF FIRE?

Water                                    Class A

Foam                                    Class A     Class B

Powder ABC                         Class A     Class B     Class C

Co2                                       Class B     Fires involving electrics.

Wet Chemical                       Class A     Class B     Class F

There are several types of “Class D (Flammable Metal)” Fire Extinguishers which are filled with various mediums which are specific to the metal being extinguished.

 

IN A NEW BUILDING CAN I CHOOSE WHAT EXTINGUISHERS I WANT TO INSTALL?

The red fire extinguishers are manufactured and kite-marked to British Standard EN3. The chrome units are not manufactured to the British standard but are still CE marked. There is no requirement for new buildings to only install the red extinguishers however there may have a clause in your insurance policy saying that you need extinguishers manufactured to BS EN3 and installed according to BS5306, in which case you would be required to install the red units.

 

WHAT TYPE OF FIRE EXTINGUISHER SHOULD A LANDLORD HAVE FOR TENANTS?

In an average sized rental property, it is advisable for a landlord to provide the tenant with a fire blanket for the kitchen and a small portable fire extinguisher such as a 2 Litre Foam or 3 Litre Water with additive to cover the rest of the property

 

WHAT ARE THE BROAD TYPES OF FIRE HAZARDS YOU WOULD LOOK FOR WHEN CARRYING OUT A FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT?

Heat Sources

Fuel Sources

Oxygen sources

 

WHAT ABOUT DISCHARGE TESTING, DOES THIS HAVE TO BE DONE EVERY 5 YEARS?

Extinguishers should be serviced in accordance with BS5306. This means that they need a discharge test every 5 years or in the case of CO2 extinguishers a pressure test is required after 10 years.  Keep our contact details in your favourites as we will be able to provide you with a cost effective solution. 

 

CAN THE SCOTTISH FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE CARRY OUT A FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT FOR ME?

No, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has to remain impartial because they enforce the fire precautions in the workplace regulations.

 

IS IT OK TO PROP OPEN A FIRE DOOR?

No.  A Fire door that is propped open with anything other than an approved hold open device is NOT a fire door.  We would suggest that it may be a good time to train / retrain staff if this is occuring.

 

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS ARE REQUIRED TO CARRY OUT FIRE EXTINGUISHER SERVICING?

Servicing should be carried out by a competent person with sufficient training, experience, knowledge and other qualities to enable them to undertake the task.  Clyde Safety engineers are fully trained and qualified to BAFE standards.