Is your business prepared for the unexpected?
Fires aren’t planned but you can plan to be ready if a fire occurs, with the correct fire extinguisher, fully serviced and ready to use.
Do you have the right extinguisher for the fire?
Different types of fires require certain types of fire extinguishers to tackle the fire effectively. Water for paper, CO2 for electrical fires etc. Using the wrong extinguisher can make the fire worse, and even endanger the user. That is why it’s extremely important to have the correct extinguishers for your business to deal with the fires you might experience.
The only way to do this correctly and protect your staff and business is to have a fire assessment from a fully qualified fire engineer, who will recommend the types of extinguisher needed and where to place them in your premises in Northamptonshire.
Red Fire Extinguisher
- Class A fires
Cream Fire Extinguisher
- Class A and B fires
Blue Fire Extinguisher
- Class A, B, C, D, E fires
- Electrical-based fires
Black Fire Extinguisher
- Electrical-based fires
- Small flammable liquid fires
Is your fire extinguisher servicing up to date?
Just having a fire extinguisher is not enough.
Did you know that extinguishers lose their effectiveness over time?
They can also get damaged, so need to be checked regularly to make sure they’re ready for service when you need it. After all, would you want to be in front of a fire with a non-functioning fire extinguisher?
Fire extinguishers need servicing annually, with most extinguishers requiring an extended service every 5 years. Your fire extinguisher service includes complete checking of the extinguisher condition and components to prolong the life of the extinguisher.
Extended fire extinguisher services include complete discharging and refilling, to ensure the contents are fresh and the extinguisher is working as intended.
The variation to this rule is the black label Co2 fire extinguishers, which require refurbishing 10 years after manufacture.
Regular servicing protects you, the people you work with and your business.
"ISE Fire have been looking after the maintenance of our fire alarm system as well as our fire extinguishers for a number of years - the team are very professional and efficient. In a Hotel environment, an urgent response is extremely important and ISE Fire have always been very quick to deal with emergency calls."
Rushton Hall Hotel and Spa
Certified and competent fire safety team
All ISE Fire engineers are fully qualified in fire safety and extinguisher servicing, with regular training and certification (BS5306) to make sure our knowledge is kept up to date.
Our team are proud members of the international quality standard ISO9001 - for the supply and maintenance of fire extinguishers.
Extinguishers are known to put out over 80% of fires (with the others requiring the Fire Service), so it is imperative that extinguishers are fit for purpose and in full working order if the times comes to use one.
If you're looking for a new service provider, we can visit and carry out a survey of your fire equipment (for free), and provide you with a competitive quotation.
We don’t believe in pushy sales, as we prefer to build long term relationships with our clients.
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Our commitment to you when servicing fire extinguishers
- You will be provided with a fully trained, equipped, uniformed, professional and friendly engineer
- All engineers carry photo ID and Health & Safety cards, and are DBS checked
- Our engineers do not work on a commission or bonus basis for selling extra parts or extinguishers – they will only advise replacement of existing units when they are genuinely required!
- Extinguisher pins and tags are changed every year and colour coded – all maintenance labels are vinyl and are completed with an indelible pen
- We are fully insured – £10million Public/Product Liability, £10m Employer Liability
- Our Service Manager ensures that all work is booked in, and our engineers do not ‘just turn up’!
- We endeavour, at all times, to make sure we are easy to contact, friendly and approachable, respond quickly with quotes, enquiries, or complaints, via telephone or email
- If you already have extinguishers we will create a complete itinerary with colour coded map, give you a copy, and maintain the extinguishers to the latest BAFE SP101 standards
- During our first visit, you will be given complete new itineraries and colour coded extinguisher location maps
Quick guide to fire extinguishers
When it comes to fire extinguishers, there are four main types, and they are colour-coded to help you identify the right one to use.
Old fire extinguishers were completely in the identifying colour, but following the latest regulation BS EN3, the body of the fire extinguisher is red, with a coloured band at the top to show the extinguisher type.
In the event of a fire, you and your employees are able to identify exactly the type of fire extinguisher required for that type of fire based on the colour label.
Different fire extinguishers will have slightly different requirements in terms of storing them.
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FAQs about fire extinguishers
What is a type A fire extinguisher used for?
Type A fire extinguishers are used on combustible materials, such as paper or wood.
Which fire extinguisher is best for all fires?
A dry powder extinguisher is suitable for tackling most types of fire, and this extinguisher can be identified by the blue band.
This extinguisher can be used for fire classes A, B, C, and electrical fires.
The powder agent within this fire extinguisher is a multipurpose dry chemical, and works by creating a barrier between the fuel element and the oxygen element on class A fires.
Can fire extinguishers freeze?
Water and foam extinguishers which are placed outside, or in areas with no heating, are susceptible to freezing.
In this situation, the extinguisher would not function and should be destroyed.
What are the 4 steps in using a fire extinguisher?
Follow the PASS system:
- Pull the pin
- Aim towards fire
- Squeeze handles together
Are fire extinguishers required in company vehicles?
There is no law which states that fire extinguishers have a requirement in company vehicles.
What are the colours for fire extinguishers?
Fire extinguishers come in red, yellow, black, blue and cream.
You can find out more about fire extinguisher colours here.
How often should fire extinguishers be tested?
A Fire Extinguisher Inspection should be carried out annually (every year), with service time starting at the date of installation.
You can choose to have a higher frequency on inspections, but the minimum is once a year.
When are fire extinguishers most effective?
Fire extinguishers are most effective when the correct type of fire extinguisher is used on the appropriate fire type.
How many fire extinguishers are required in a factory?
The number of fire extinguishers your premises may need is based on the area of your building in M² and the layout, number of floor and the fire risks you have present.
When do fire extinguishers need to be replaced?
There is no requirement to replace a fire extinguisher, provided it remains fully functional and fit for purpose.
It is good practice however to replace them every 20 years.
Where should fire extinguishers be placed?
Fire extinguishers should be placed in conspicious positions on brackets, floor stands or cabinets.
The most important factor is that the extinguishers are easy to access.
How do you identify different fire extinguisher types?
The simplest way to identify different types of fire extinguisher is by the colour on the label of the extinguisher.