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Hi thanks for your enquiry,

Under the British standard (BS5306) powder extinguisher require an extended service every 5 years, this usually includes a test discharge and recharge of the extinguisher. We would generally say that in most cases it would be more cost effective to purchase a new extinguisher rather than have the service carried out.

Your local fire safety company may be able to carry out this service for you, Safelincs also provide fire extinguisher servicing which is available to purchase online at www.safelincs.co.uk/Fire-Extinguisher-Servicing/

Kind Regards Garry

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Guest Paul Webb


surely it does not matter when the extinguisher was made but when the extinguisher was installed?

Anyway, how can I find out how old an extinguisher is?


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Hi Paul

you are right. The first extended extinguisher service for powders, foam and water extinguishers needs to be carried out 5 years from the date of initial commissioning or 6 years from the date of manufacture. The manufacturing year is either stamped onto the cylinder or printed on the extinguisher/label.


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