Fire Extinguishers – choosing a provider

The BAFE SP101 scheme, which includes Wirral Fire Protection, exists to ensure that organisations and the technicians they employ are competent to provide fire extinguisher services. The scheme increases the quality of fire extinguisher service organisations and their technicians working in the field, providing the consumer with confidence they have selected a competent and safe service provider.

BAFE stands for British Approvals for Fire Equipment. The following BAFE video outlines best practice with regards to fire extinguishers and lays out the action business owners need to take to help meet legal obligations.

Fire extinguishers can often be overlooked. But they should always be maintained so they are ready to use in the event of a fire.  With 15,800 non domestic building fires in 2017, make sure provisions are in place to protect your business. 

How can you be sure that you have the right types of fire extinguisher for your building? And that they have been competently positioned, installed, commissioned and maintained on a regular basis to ensure they will work in the event of a fire. The safe and secure answer? Demand and use a BAFE SP101 registered fire extinguisher service provider.

The BAFE SP101 scheme certificates the competency of organisations and their technicians to provide portable fire extinguisher services. This includes:

The correct selection of extinguishers for your building

Siting (positioning/installing)

Commissioning

Ongoing maintenance

Work to British Standard 5306 (parts 3, 8 & 9)

A key requirement for this scheme is that all technicians providing this service for a BAFE SP1010 registered organisation must achieve the BAFE Diploma. 

The diploma provides evidence that they have confidently demonstrated their knowledge and skill within this area of fire protection.  They also receive ongoing assessments from BAFE and refresher training to confirm they continue to work at the highest standard delivering fire extinguisher services. 

BAFE registered fire extinguisher technicians carry an ID card which you should request to see to ensure they have a valid registration.  

Act responsibly, make sure you demand a BAFE SP1010 registered organisation when looking for help with your fire extinguisher requirements.  This offers the assurance of using an organisation that has been third party certificated as competent to provide these services.  

This can assist you in demonstrating due diligence with your choice of fire extinguisher service provider. 

If you have specific questions or would like more advice about your fire safety and fire extinguishers requirements drop a line to Mike Pearson using the form here. 

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