General FAQs

You are responsible for fire safety in a business if you are; an employer, the owner, the landlord, an occupier or anyone else with control of the premises, for example a facilities manager, building manager, managing agent or risk assessor. You are known as the ‘responsible person’ and if there is more than one responsible person you must work together to meet your responsibilities.

The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order (2005) and the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and the associated Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006.

You can find more about this legislation here:

Absolutely! In fact this is one of our greatest strengths. We are specialists in co-ordinating large multi-site projects, managing all aspects of fire safety for our clients, this can include some or all of the following services:

• Fire Risk Assessment
• Fire Safety Training
• Fire Extinguisher Maintenance
• Fire Alarm Maintenance
• Aspirating Systems Maintenance
• Suppression Systems Maintenance
• Emergency Light Testing
• Fire Door Surveys
• Sprinkler Testing
• Dry and Wet Riser Servicing
• Hydrant Servicing
• Fire Curtain Maintenance
• PAT Testing
• Building Wiring Checks

We understand that there are many companies you could choose from for your fire safety services, however we are confident there are numerous qualities that make us stand out from the competition, by choosing AGF Fire you can be confident you are in the safest of hands. We are;

Highly Qualified – we only employ the very best consultants and technicians. Our Fire Risk Assessors and Consultants come to us from a lengthy background in the fire service and fire industry and all our fire extinguisher technicians are fully qualified and accredited by BAFE. We encourage our teams’ professional development and ensure all qualifications are maintained and built upon to make sure they are kept up to date with industry developments and all current legislation. We are pleased to report we have an extremely low staff turnover.

Trusted – We are one of the UKs leading independent fire safety companies and have been working within the industry for over 20 years. We are extremely proud to boast a large, loyal and diverse client base and have enviable client retention figures. We work with some of the biggest and most recognisable businesses throughout the UK across all sectors of industry. Our customers appreciate our honest and open approach to fire safety and trust us year after year not just to help meet their legal requirements but also, most importantly, to help keep their staff and their businesses safe whilst keeping within their budgets.

Flexible – We work with many companies who have specific reporting requirements, online systems and compliance procedures, here at AGF Fire we provide a bespoke service for all clients, providing feedback and reporting in the way that best suits you and your business. We also provide, free of charge to all clients, a secure 24/7 online portal for all your fire safety documents, allowing you flexible, immediate access to all of your documentation.

Accredited – Third party certification is evidence that a service or product adheres to a certain standard. We are proud to have received certification for the following organisations.
ISO 9001:2015 Approved Company
SafeContractor Approved & Accredited
BAFE Registered Extinguisher Technicians SP101
BAFE Registered Company
Members of the Fire Industry Association

We also offer:

No Commission! – Unlike many fire safety companies, neither our consultants nor our technicians work on commission, there is no incentive for them to ‘sell’ you anything during their work on your site. They are there solely to assist you and your business and you can be confident that they will only ever give their honest, professional recommendations and feedback.

Nationwide Coverage – We are multi-site specialists, we can co-ordinate all your fire safety services whether you have one site or several hundred. We work Nationwide offering uniformity across all your locations.

Competitive – We understand that all businesses have budgets they must work to and whilst AGF Fire Protection may not be the cheapest company you will find to carry out your fire safety services, we believe for the outstanding quality and standard of service we provide we are extremely competitive within the market. We may also help you make substantial savings on what you are already paying for your services as we have done for many of our clients, why not get in touch for a free, no obligation quotation to find out?

Fire Risk Assessment FAQs

Fire Risk Assessments are required by law as part of the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order (2005) and the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and the associated Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006.

You can find more about this legislation here:

A Fire Risk Assessment has five main steps:

  1. Identify fire hazards
  2. Identify people at risk
  3. Evaluate, remove or reduce and protect from risk
  4. Record, plan, inform, instruct and train
  5. Review

Here at AGF Fire Protection we are proud that our fire risk assessments provide a comprehensive and in depth analysis of all the fire risks within your building. We spend time on your site, reviewing your current fire safety procedures and company practices and carry out a structured and systematic examination of all areas of Fire Safety within your workplace taking into consideration all requirements of the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order (2005) and the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and the associated Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006.

This thorough process then culminates in our production of a Fire Risk Assessment working document including photographic evidence, plan of action and detailed feedback and support.

All our Fire Risk Assessments are carried out by our team of fully trained and experienced Fire Safety Consultants.

Contact us for a free no-obligation quotation.

The cost for a fire risk assessment is based on the size and complexity of your building and business and takes into consideration how many days will be required to carry out a thorough examination of your current fire safety processes and procedures along with time on site plus, reporting and feedback.

Please contact us for a free no-obligation quotation for your premises.

The time it will take to carry out a fire risk assessment depends entirely on the size and complexities of your building and your business. Timescales can range from half a day on site, to several days or weeks. Please feel free to contact us for us and our friendly team can help give you a better idea of timescales based on your specific premises.

There is no special preparation for a Fire Risk Assessment visit, the assessor is there to help you and your business and needs to see the premises and business as it is on a day to day basis. It will help us if you have to hand all your company Fire Safety documents, including the recent maintenance reports for any fire safety services within your building and any previous fire risk assessments.

Fire Extinguisher Sales FAQs

This is where our expertise can assist you. We offer a free site survey to prepare a quotation for your extinguisher installation project. Our qualified technicians will provide advice and guidance on exactly the number and type of extinguishers you need and create a bespoke layout for your premises. We can also plan a proposed extinguisher layout and provide a quotation based on CAD drawings of your site.

Our range of fire extinguishers address six classes of fire: Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, ‘Electrical’, and Class F.

The following graphic shows which extinguisher is suitable for each class of fire.

Extinguishers and their uses

There are many websites online where you can buy fire extinguishers of varying quality and you may even find them to be slightly cheaper than ordering from a fire safety company like ours but this would be false economy, these units would not arrive ‘commissioned’ and ready for use and so you would have to arrange a qualified service technician to attend site to commission these units before they could be put into service. According to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 all extinguisher units should be installed according to British Standard BS 5306-8:2012, which in turn states all fire extinguishers should be ‘commissioned’.

Commissioning is carried out by qualified extinguisher service technicians to verify that the units are safe and in suitable working order. When we undertake the supply and installation of fire extinguishers at your site, all units are fully commissioned prior to placement and a certificate of commissioning is provided for your records.

Of course! The data sheets for all the extinguishers we supply can be found using the links below.

Red Units Stainless Steel / Polished Units
Water + AdditiveWater + Additive
Water MistFoam
L2 Powder
Wet Chemical

Yes we do! Please visit our Staff Training page to find out more about our Fire Extinguisher Awareness courses including those incorporating ‘live’ fire training which is lead by our team of Senior Fire Safety Consultants.

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance FAQs

Yes. According to the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order (2005) and the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 and the associated Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006 there is a legal responsibility that all fire extinguishers must be maintained annually.

You can find more about this legislation here:

Fire extinguishers and Fire Blankets should be properly serviced once per year. It is the duty of the responsible person to ensure that extinguishers are maintained regularly by a competent person.
Portable fire extinguishers are regarded as “life safety equipment” and a planned system of maintenance is intended to ensure that the fire equipment is:

  • in an efficient working state (safe)
  • in working order (reliable)
  • in good repair (efficient)
  • suitable for the hazard (fit for purpose)

Throughout the year, at least once per month, you should also carry out your own in-house visual inspection of all fire safety equipment as part of your routine checks, any defects should be reported and the extinguisher / blanket should be checked at that point to keep it in service.

Extended fire extinguisher servicing should also be carried out by a competent person at the following intervals:

  • Water Fire Extinguishers – Every 5 years
  • Foam Fire Extinguishers – Every 5 years
  • Powder Fire Extinguishers – Every 5 years
  • CO2 Fire Extinguishers – Every 10 years

No, this is not true.

The lifespan of a fire extinguisher is much greater than this. Regular annual maintenance, including an extended service at 5 years and 10 years will keep your extinguishers in working order longer and could save you hundreds or thousands of pounds by not replacing them un-necessarily.

Yes, all fire extinguishers within your building should be located on ‘fire points’ complete with instructional signage depicting the type of fire extinguisher and what kinds of fire it is safe for use on. During your annual service visit our technician will check that all signage is in place and correctly located.

In some instances a fire extinguisher will fail the annual inspection, this can be down to several reasons but the most common are damage or corrosion. If the extinguisher is not safe to be kept in service our technician will let you know, explain the reason for condemning the unit and suggest corrective action in order to maintain coverage of your fire risks.

If you would like us to environmentally dispose of the condemned unit for you we make a small charge to do this and will take the fire extinguisher away to be properly disposed of or recycled in accordance with our environmental policy.

While there is no guidance set out in the Fire Safety Order 2005, apart from needing to be conducted by a “competent person”, it is highly recommended that extinguisher servicing be carried out by a certified extinguisher technician or an accredited, suitably qualified engineer.

Yes, fire extinguishers are a form of fire fighting equipment, along with fire alarm systems, smoke detectors, blankets, and other general fire equipment.

There are many aspects carried out during fire extinguisher services, including but not limited to; Visual inspections, removing the hose and checking threads, inspection of the hose for cracks or splits, and checking the condition of the discharge horn and extinguisher body. The valve opening needs to be inspected for powder or any foreign matter. The extinguisher seal and safety pin need to be removed and the upper and lower handles checked, then the locking pin replaced and extinguisher resealed.

The pressure gauge will be checked, and that the extinguisher is within the correct pressure range. Any O rings that have deteriorated will be replaced. The engineer will visually inspect safety pins and anti tamper seals, and replace where necessary. All maintenance work is carried out according to best practices and the manufacturer’s operating instructions.

Fire Door Survey FAQs

Fire doors save lives! They give people valuable time to evacuate in the event of an emergency. They protect escape routes on stairs and corridors and slow the spread of fire and smoke throughout a building. They assist in preventing the start of a fire by keeping hazards, ie. an ignition point and a potential fuel source separated from each other. They also allow firefighters to extinguish the fire as safely as possible.

Fire doors, once installed by a qualified technician must not be altered in any way, such as cutting in vision panels, attaching additional door furniture or adornments, making holes or ‘patching up’ if broken, once the fire door integrity has been compromised the entire door may need replacing.

Also, you should never disconnect the fire door closer. It’s essential to the functioning of the fire door that it is kept closed in case of fire. Also, doors should not be propped/wedged open or blocked, whether intentionally or inadvertently.

The British Woodworking Federation have created this handy infographic to assist with what to look for when carrying out routine checks of your fire doors.

The cost for the fire door survey and report carried out by one of our qualified surveyors is very much dependent upon how many fire doors are in your building/s. As with all our services we offer a fully inclusive cost with no hidden extras. Please get in touch and we would be happy to prepare a free quotation for you to consider.

Unfortunately we only carry out fire door surveys in commercial premises.

Fire Training FAQs

For your convenience, all our fire safety courses are held on your company premises, this reduces travel time and costs for your staff and also reduces their time out of the business for you. By holding the courses on your premises the information also feels a lot more ‘relevant’ as all our courses are bespoke to your company, your business and your particular building layout.

We will require a suitable meeting room for the classroom based part of the course and a safe outdoor space to carry out any ‘live fire’ modules.

We run all our fire safety courses on days and at times that best suit you and your business. We can run them at any time day or night to accommodate any and all staff shift patterns.

Fire training should start with your in-house induction training on an employees first day at work and continue in the form of regular refresher training. At least once per year fire training sessions should be provided to make sure all staff remain familiar with the specific fire safety arrangements for your workplace and are reminded of the important action to be taken in the event of a fire.

Training should be more frequent if:

  • You have a high turnover of staff
  • Your staff are responsible for the safety of hotel guests, vulnerable residents or patients
  • There is a high risk of fire

Any team members who have specific responsibilities for fire safety should receive detailed instruction on their own duties and have refresher training every 6 months.

These team members include:

  • Department heads
  • Fire Marshals or Fire Wardens
  • Firefighting teams in large workplaces
  • Floor supervisors
  • Central control room staff
  • Security staff including night security patrols
  • Attendants
  • Stewards
  • Kitchen staff
  • Engineering and maintenance staff
  • Receptionists
  • Caring staff
  • Hotel staff

It varies from business to business but generally includes:

  • Induction training to cover general fire awareness.
  • Periodic refresher training, or extra training where the level of fire risk increases as a result of changes in your operations.
  • Training to support people in meeting their fire safety duties – for example, keeping your ‘responsible people’ up to date.
  • Training to build appropriate skills such as fire marshal / warden or using fire extinguishers.

If you are taking part in a training course that includes ‘live fire’ and practical fire extinguisher use then – yes we will. But of course, only after taking into consideration the safety of the area in which this will be taking place. Generally we require an outdoor car park area, courtyard or similar in which to carry out this part of the course. All our courses are lead by fully qualified Fire Safety Consultants who will carry out a dynamic risk assessment of the area before this element of the course takes place. You are in very safe hands!

All our Fire Safety Staff are fully qualified, experienced and accredited.

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