Do you need a fire extinguisher in your practice?

Whilst there is not a specific law relating to whether fire extinguishers are required, there is a responsibility to prove that you have done everything in your power to prevent fire breaking out and fire damage.

On that premise responsible practice owners will have at least one fire extinguisher in place.  There are different types of extinguisher depending on the nature of the fire.  You need to consider the fire risks in your premises and purchase the appropriate extinguisher.

It should not be more than 30 metres travel in your premises to reach a fire extinguisher.  You and your staff should know how to use the extinguisher.

Regular checks should be made to ensure that the extinguisher is in good working order – the cylinder is not damaged and the pin works.  Every 5 years extinguishers should be emptied and refilled so the pressure is sufficient.

Don’t forget that you should have smoke detectors in place too – have you tested them recently?

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