Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinquisher installation and maintenance by Flame Guard Services.

At FGS our experienced engineers can offer you the advice and support your business needs to ensure it complies with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO). Currently FGS offers the below services in Norfolk and Suffolk if you are outside of these areas, please contact us for information.

What we offer

  • We can supply all types of fire extinguisher
  • Installation and Commissioning
  • Servicing
  • Construction site bundles
  • Office bundles


All fire extinguishers must legally be serviced every 12 months, some industry types follow guidance that instructs 6 monthly servicing is completed. Whether you want your extinguishers serviced every 6 or 12 months we can help you. FGS offers one off servicing as well as servicing plans.


Every 5 years Water, Foam and Powder Fire extinguishers must be discharged and refilled or replaced. Co2 bottles must be hydraulically tested every 10 Years. The latest guidance promotes the replacement of extinguishers instead of refilling, due to the current cost of disposal it is more cost effective to replace the extinguishers.

What fire extinguishers should my business have?

The number and type of fire extinguishers required at your business is based on several different aspects including building type, size, location, fire hazards and the fire class risks that your business presents.

At FGS we understand the legal fire safety requirements and our NFPA accredited team will ensure that your business property holds the required type, weight and number of extinguishers for your specific requirements according to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO).

Fire Extinguisher Types and Uses

Understanding the types of fire extinguishers and their uses, is vital in fire safety. If you know what potential fires your business could be dealing with, you can choose the correct fire extinguishers to safely tackle the fire before it spreads or intensifies.

There are five main fire extinguisher types:

  • Water (red label) – for combustible materials, such as paper or wood
  • Foam – (cream Label) for combustible materials and flammable liquids
  • Dry Powder (blue label) – for combustible materials, flammable liquids, flammable gases, flammable metals, and electrical equipment
  • CO2 (black label) – for flammable liquids and electrical equipment
  • Wet Chemical (yellow label) – for combustible materials and deep fat fryers

For most office environments, water fire extinguishers and CO2 fire extinguishers are often sufficient, but if your business uses or stores flammable liquids or gases, additional fire safety equipment may also be required.

Fire Classes

Fires are grouped into classes; these classes are based on the type of fuel involved, which helps determine which extinguisher should be used in the event of a fire. As with fire extinguishers, knowledge on the different classes of fire and what fuels that fire is important when selecting the appropriate fire extinguishers for your business.

There are six main classes of fire:

  • Class A: solid materials such as wood or paper, fabric, and some plastics
  • Class B: liquids or gas such as alcohol, ether, gasoline, or grease
  • Class C: electrical failure from appliances, electronic equipment, and wiring
  • Electrical fires: electrical equipment such as computers or and generators
  • Class D: metallic substances such as sodium, titanium, zirconium, or magnesium
  • Class K: grease or oil fires specifically from cooking

Fire Extinguisher Safety Laws

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) specifies that all workplaces should have a minimum of two Class A fire extinguishers accessible on each storey of the building. The UK British Standards (BS5306) also stipulates that you should be no more than 30 metres from the correct fire extinguisher on any level of your business’s premises.

These rules apply to most UK businesses, except for very small businesses, such as food vans or newspaper kiosk. If the housing of two fire extinguishers would obstruct access or exit routes, only one extinguisher is required.

Another fire safety law requirement for extinguishers is visibility. Fire extinguishers should be clearly indicated with luminescent signs. The luminescent element of fire safety signage is to ensure that the location of the extinguishers is always visible. Fire extinguisher safety signage should also clearly explain which type of extinguisher they are, how they should be used and what fire they should be used on.

Get Help with Your Businesses Fire Extinguishers

With over 50 years of combined experience in the fire safety sector, Flame Guard Services provides certificated BAFE SP101 fire extinguishers to businesses throughout Norfolk & Suffolk. Contact us today for a quote.

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