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Fire Fighting Equipment

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 applies to virtually every type of premises including shops, offices, hotels, factories, workshops and has been the Law since October 2006. Effectively, it is the legal duty of the premises owner or person in charge to ensure the safety of anyone entering their premises by carrying out a comprehensive risk assessment and supplying and maintaining the correct fire fighting equipment.

Fire extinguishers should be mounted to the wall. All extinguishers supplied by Nationwide Fire Extinguishers come with a free mounting bracket for this purpose. It is recommended that larger extinguishers are wall mounted with their handle approx 1 metre from floor height, and smaller extinguishers mounted approx 1.5 metres from floor height. If it is not possible to wall mount your extinguishers, or if they are regularly moved, then they should be sat on fire extinguisher stands.

A monthly visual inspection should be carried out by a nominated person / fire warden on all your fire fighting equipment and recorded in a Fire Log Book.  A BAFE approved extinguisher technician should perform a maintenance service to BS 5306 part 3 at least once a year on your fire fighting equipment.  As suppliers, we also offer commissioning and installation as an option.  Ths can be added alongside your purchase of new extinguishers and we will arrange a suitable time for one of our BAFE approved, trained technicians to visit your premises and complete the commissioning in accorandance with the latest British Standards. This initial service by a qualified technician is valid for 1 year from the date of service. 

Nationwide Fire Extinguishers aim to be the best suppliers of fire fighting equipment in the UK, using products manufactured to the highest possible standards.  All extinguishers are Kitemarked to BS EN3 and CE Marked (a legal requirement with the Pressure Equipment Directive - PED).  Be aware that many cheap foreign imports claim these approvals but they can't often prove them so check if you are not sure. You should not trust your life to inferior fire fighting equipment with no real approvals.
To help you choose what fire fighting equipment to install, we have put together a guide to illustrate the different types of fire extinguishers and the types of fires they are suitable for. See our ‘which extinguisher’ guide.