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26 May, 2021

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are key in any commercial premises as they are most commonly used for fire protection. There are many types of fire extinguishers used in many different circumstances, therefore knowing which one to have in each area is vital. Fire extinguishers are a legal requirement as part of a Fire Risk Assessment which identifies the risks and the actions needed to minimise those risks as much as possible, including all equipment needed to fight fires.

The benefits of a fire extinguisher in a building premises are as follows:

  • 1. Protection against fires.
  • 2. Save lives.
  • 3. Limit the spread of fire.
  • 4. Different forms to suit different fires.
  • 5. They act as the first line of defense.

Fire extinguishers are typically the first piece of equipment that is used to fire a small fire which can prevent major damage, especially within a premises that is fully equipped with furniture and machinery.

It is important to ensure everyone in the building evacuates safely and quickly and if the fire is too big, you too need to exit the building quickly. Knowing the proper way to handle a fire extinguisher is necessary as usually you will be the first person to try and put the fire out, not the fire fighters.

Below is an indicator of the types of extinguishers used for specific types of fire:

  • Class A = Solid material fires >> water, water mist, foam and multipurpose powder extinguishers.
  • Class B = Flammable liquid fires >> foam, multipurpose powder, carbon dioxide extinguishers.
  • Class C = Flammable gas fires >> multipurpose powder extinguishers.
  • Class D = Flammable metal fires >> special dry powder extinguishers.
  • Class E = Electrical fires >> water mist, multipurpose powder, carbon dioxide extinguishers.
  • Class F = Hot oil and fat fires >> foam, wet chemical extinguishers.

Fire extinguishers should also be serviced on a yearly basis to ensure they haven’t leaked or been used.


Call Ventol on 01827 300630 to ensure your premises is fully equipped with the correct fire extinguishers in the right place. Enquire now for servicing and maintenance contracts.