Responsibility for providing fire extinguishers lies with your business. You are required to provide means of fighting small fires.
We only provide extinguishers which are manufactured to the legal standard BS EN 3.
Unfortunately there isn’t a single fire extinguisher for all fires. We can review your premises and then guide you to the best extinguisher for the potential fire risks.
Types of fire
It’s important to identify the types of materials in the area of the fire. Fires are then split into different classes.
- Class A:
Solids, e.g. wood, cloth, rubber, paper, and some types of plastics
- Class B:
Liquids or Liquefiable solids, e.g. petrol, oil, paint and also some waxes & plastics, but not cooking fats or oils
- Class C:
Gases, e.g. natural gas, hydrogen, propane, butane
- Class D:
Metals, e.g. sodium, magnesium, and potassium
- Class E:
Electrical appliances, wiring, or other electrically energized objects in the vicinity of the fire
- Class F:
Cooking fats and oils. Extremely high temperature means that normal fire extinguishers should not be used.
Colour Coding of fire extinguishers
For wood, paper, textile and solid material fires
Red with a blue panel
For liquid and electrical fire
Red with a cream panel
For use on liquid fires
- Carbon Dioxide
Red with a black panel
For liquid and electrical fires
- Wet Chemical
Red with a canary yellow panel
For cooking fat and oil fires
We can also advise you as to the best location for your fire extinguishers.