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Fire Extinguisher ID signs. Needed or Not?

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Can anyone tell me if Fire Extinguisher ID Signs are needed above every extinguisher?. Could you also point me in the direction of any specific legislation that says this.

I am aware the the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order states in 13.-(1) (b) any non-automatic fire fighting equipment so provided is easily accessible, simple to use and indicated by signs.

Indicated by signs....., could this just be a fire point sign? or could the extinguisher act as its own sign. I cant find anywhere where it states that extinguisher specific signs are needed above every extinguisher.

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Hi Guest_Forest10_*

The British Standard BS 5306-8:2012 (a recommendation only) in section 6.1 NOTE 2 states:

"The position and type of a fire extinguisher should be indicated on a sign so
that, if the extinguisher is removed, this can be identified during a safety
inspection, and a replacement ordered."

So, as far as the British Standard is concerned, each extinguisher ought to have an ID sign. Whenever I perform extinguisher site surveys now an ID sign is included with every extinguisher.

Hope this helps.



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I think the legislation RR(FS)O art 13(1) b is quite clear " where necessary a fire extinguisher sign is required" and the British Standard recommends a FFE sign should be provided but would not a bracket without an extinguisher hanging from it, indicate it had been removed? IMO the decision lies with the Responsible Person whether it is necessary or not.

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