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Fire extinguishing installations and equipment on premises - Part 3: Code of practice for the inspection and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers

Executive summary

Recommendations for the inspection and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers on premises.


This British Standard, a part of the BS 5306 series, provides schedules for the maintenance of portable fire extinguishers installed in all locations.

This British Standard also includes recommendations for handling certain obsolescent types of extinguishers, for which no maintenance schedules are provided.

This standard recommends the detailed actions for three levels of maintenance: basic service, extended service and overhaul procedures.

Maintenance schedules, recommendations for the training of competent persons, an account of the law relating to the possession and use of halon fire extinguishers and information about extinguishers, are given this standard’s annexes.

This standard is not applicable to halon 1301 extinguishers.

History and related standards

This British Standard supersedes BS 5306-3:2000, which is withdrawn.

This standard includes the following cross references:

BS 5306-8:2000, BS 6643-1, BS 7863:1996, BS EN 3 (all parts), BS EN 1802,

BS EN 1803, BS EN 1968, BS EN 25923, BS EN 27201-1.

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