Fire Services

Fire Extinguishers and Fire Blankets

Installation and maintenance of fire extinguishers and fire blankets throughout Milton Keynes, Bedford and the surrounding areas to keep everyone safe, and you compliant.

Fire extinguishers are potentially the most recognised form of fire safety, closely followed by fire blankets.

All premises must have extinguishers provided for dealing with any potential fire hazard as identified in the fire risk assessment or by the competent person on site.

In deciding the appropriate type and quantity of such equipment, consideration should be given to the size of the building and the nature of the materials likely to be found there.

We supply high-quality fire extinguishers from leading manufacturers, ensuring the most suitable installation for the types of business and usage within Milton Keynes, Bedford and the surrounding areas. All of the extinguishers supplied by TEC Fire & Security meet British Standards – BS5306-3:2009 & BS5306-8:2012.

Correct types and quantities

It is mandated within the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 that fire extinguishers are required within all buildings. Class A fire risks are generally present in all buildings and a minimum of two Class A fire extinguishers are required per floor, which should be clearly visible and accessible at all times.

Fire extinguishers are a versatile fire safety product. There are over 42 different types of fire extinguishers, the most common of which include; water, CO2, foam, dry powder and wet chemical extinguishers. All of the extinguishers supplied by TEC Fire & Security meet British Standards – BS5306-3:2009 & BS5306-8:2012.

Chrome CO2 & foam fire extinguishers on chrome stand with fire extinguisher signage

Locations of portable fire equipment:

Extinguishers should be sited in conspicuous positions where they are visible to anyone using an escape route.

  • They should be mounted on brackets fixed to the wall or located on stands.
  • They should be mounted with the handle no more than 1m from the floor. (Circumstances may dictate variations from this recommendation).
  • Smaller and more easily handled extinguishers may be mounted with the handle about 1.5m from the floor level.
  • With special risks, extinguishers should be grouped conveniently where any user will not be placed in danger whilst attempting to use them.
  • Other suitable positions include near exits to rooms or storeys, corridors or lobbies, stairways and landings.
  • Extinguishers should not be sited behind doors or inaccessible positions such as deep recesses or in cupboards.
  • It is also necessary to consider their exposure to extremes of heat or cold, and accidental damage during the normal day-to-day use of the premises.
  • The correct number and appropriate rating of extinguishers are provided
  • The correct extinguisher is provided for the risk in a specific area
  • The correct signage has been provided (If required)
Types of fire extinguisher, water, foam, CO2 & powder

Service and Maintenance

Fire extinguishers should be serviced annually to comply with BS 5306. We provide this service as part of our ongoing maintenance programme to clients. We will also create a site asset register for all sites which includes: location, equipment type and new / test dates.

Customers should also undertake their own monthly checks and report any issues to us. This will prolong the life of the equipment, keeping you safe and saving you money.

In addition to ongoing maintenance we can deliver complete fire extinguisher services, including:

  • Survey
  • Supply
  • Commission
  • Installation
  • Maintenance contracts
  • Fire safety signs
  • Ancillary equipment
Foam and CO2 fire extinguishers on stand with signage

Fire Blankets

Historically, fire blankets have been most commonly found in kitchens, however, while it’s still essential to have fire blankets installed in kitchens, more and more they are being used in educational, factory and mechanical settings as well.

Fire Blankets are increasingly being installed in public areas, such as kitchens, schools, rented accommodation, shops and other places of business.

Fire blankets are designed to smother small fires, starving the fire of oxygen using it’s fire retardant, multi-layered construction. In kitchens fire blankets have been visible for decades, where fats or oils are perhaps used in conjunction with a heat source. It makes perfect logical sense. But where else might they be more effective and valuable than a fire extinguisher?

Fire blankets have, many times, been used as protection to cover the body when exiting a building on fire. They have also been used to cover a person unfortunate enough to catch their clothes alight.  Wrapping a fire blanket around them and pushing them to the ground minimises the danger and extinguishes the fire.

A fire blanket is much more effective than an extinguisher in these situations.

So where else might be a valuable and logical place to locate fire blankets in your premises?