Fire Extinguishers

Fire Extinguishers

SureFire Safety supplies all types of fire extinguisher (all of which are manufactured to BSEN 3) for all types of fire. As the first line of defence in the case of a fire it is essential that the correct fire extinguisher (which must be regularly maintained and serviced) is available so that the danger can be dealt with in a safe manner, without further risk to the user.

We can classify fires as follows:


Class Icon Name of Class Type of Fire/Fuel
Class A Fires Class A Fires Solid Combustibles
Fires involving solid combustible materials such as wood, textiles, straw, paper, coal etc
Class B Fires Class B Fires Flammable Liquids
Fires involving flammable liquids such as petrol, diesel, oils, paraffin etc.
Class C Fires Class C Fires Flammable Gases
Fires involving flammable gasses such as propane, hydrogen, methane, natural gas etc.
Class D Fires Class D Fires Flammable Metals
Fires involving flammable metals such as magnesium, lithium, potassium, sodium etc.
Class F Fires Class F Fires Combustible Cooking Media
Fires involving combustible cooking media such as cooking oils and fats.
Electrical Fires Electrical Fires Electrical Appliances
Fires involving electrical appliances such as computers, electrical heaters, stereos, fuse boxes etc.

Extinguishers to tackle these types of fire are categorized by their contents. The extinguishers used to be recognizable by the colour of the unit on older models; if you have fire extinguishers which are not red then these are illegal under UK law. The new standard is identification bands (which helpfully are the same colours as the original fire extinguishers) around the body of the unit so it can be recognized from any angle of view.

  • Powder (ABE) Fire Extinguisher – blue label
  • Powder (BE) Fire Extinguisher - blue label
  • Wet Chemical Fire Extinguisher – bright yellow label
  • Water Fire Extinguisher - red label
  • Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguisher - black label
  • Foam Fire Extinguisher - cream label
  • Fire Blanket – red label
  • Hose Reel - red label

The chart below shows which extinguisher should be used to tackle the different fire classifications.


Fire Extinguishers

It is therefore essential that the correct equipment be placed in the correct area, a free site survey from SureFire Safety would establish what is required and where it should be positioned, contact us today to arrange a no obligation visit from one of our technicians.