Portable Fire Extinguishers
Directors, managers and other persons of authority who are responsible for the safety of others in any building should be aware of the following acts:
- Fire Services Act 1981, amended in 2003
- Safety in Industry Acts 1955 and 1980
- Safety, Health and Welfare at work act 2005
- S.I No.132 of 1995 Safety, Health & Welfare at work (signs) Regulations act 1995
Our team at AMSL Group has over 40 years of experience providing advice and assistance about fire safety solutions, products and servicing. We provide a complete and comprehensive review for all of our clients fire safety requirements based on Irish and European fire protection legislation. Our qualified team of technicians carry out all work to NSAI IS:291:2015 standards. Fire extinguishers should be serviced at least once a year to ensure that they are in perfect working order. All AMSL Group fire extinguishers, as well as components, are rigorously examined and weight checked to ensure they are fully operational and comply with Irish and European Fire Safety Law. During each service visit, a member of our team will also carry out a fire safety report of your premises to ensure you have all the equipment you need in the event of an emergency. A certification of declaration of conformity to I.S 291:2015 will be issued on the successful completion of service.
In addition, AMSL Group also offers our clients Wet and Dry rising mains full bi-annual service maintenance contracts in accordance with “BS9990:2015 The Code of Practice for non Automatic Fire Fighting Systems” and our technicians are trained to ensure the fire fighting equipment in buildings are always safe fit for purpose and ready for use in the event of an emergency situation.
A dry rising system is a vertical water supply pipe installed in a building for use by the fire services for fire-fighting purposes. It is fitted with inlet connections at a fire service access level and landing valves at specified points. It is maintained empty of water but is charged with water usually by pumping from fire and rescue service appliances in the event of a fire via a dry "inlet breaching" on the outside wall of a property. Wet rising systems are permanently charged with water and ensure water is immediately available for fire-fighting.
Dry and Wet Risers are installed up to 50 metres in height. Where a building extends more than 50 metres higher than the fire service vehicle access level then only Wet Risers should be installed due to the pressure required to provide water supplies to the landing valves on upper floors being greater than can be provided by a fire service appliance.
The “responsible person” who either owns or manages a building/s has a legal responsibility and duty of care to ensure the service maintenance of a Dry Riser system. They must have a 6 monthly visual inspection and an annual 12 Bar wet test complete with certification. Failure to do so can result in insurance being invalidated, revoked and or prosecution if the system fails.
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