Every business and public building in the UK must, by law, have the right fire safety equipment in place in order to operate. However, these are different in Scotland, where all non-domestic properties must follow the Fire Scotland (2005) Act and Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006. These outline the steps a business or public building must take in order to ensure their property is safe for staff and other visitors. This includes guidance on Fire Extinguishers Scotland, which we look at in more detail below.
Fire Extinguishers Scotland Compliance
Of all the fire safety equipment a business needs, fire extinguishers are possibly the most important. And Fire Extinguishers Scotland must comply with specific regulations in order to meet legal requirements. They need to be replaced every five to ten years. How often depends on the type of extinguisher.
There are three main types of fire extinguisher:
- A water extinguisher for use on wood, paper, and cloth fires
- A dry powder or foam extinguisher for use on flammable liquid fires
- A CO2 extinguisher for use on electrical fires
Some businesses will only need one type, while others will need two or all three. To make sure your business has the right fire extinguishers, therefore, it is best to speak to a qualified fire safety engineer. The engineer will also be able to carry out annual checks of your fire extinguishers.
Buying Fire Extinguishers Scotland
Many businesses do not have the right fire extinguishers for their business needs. Many more forget that these extinguishers need annual checks. Not having both of these in place can put their business at risk. To ensure you are fire safety compliant, contact 1st Choice Fire Protection.
Their trained engineers will make sure you have the right fire extinguishers and that they will work if you need them. To find out more, contact the team today.