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A Quick Guide To Fire Extinguishers

When it comes to the safety of individuals in the event of a fire, there are few items as indispensable as fire extinguishers. These incredible devices are among the first line of defence when a fire breaks out and, if used properly and effectively, they can save lives.

As a business or commercial property owner, working fire extinguishers are a legal requirement within every building. What’s more, training your staff on how and when to use them is just as important as having them in the first place. 

Here is EK Fire Protection’s quick guide to fire extinguishers.

How Do Fire Extinguishers Work?

Fire extinguishers are fire-suppression systems that work by covering fire in chemicals, water, foam or powder in order to starve the blaze of oxygen and put it out. 

The extinguisher itself consists of a pressurised canister filled with specific chemicals. When triggered, the pressurised contents of the extinguisher are propelled through the hose and out of the nozzle towards the fire.

It should be noted that fire extinguishers are only suitable for small fires and should only be operated by individuals with the correct training to do so.

Types Of Fire Extinguisher

One common and dangerous misconception is that fire extinguishers are a one-size-fits-all solution. This is not the case, and different types of fires require different types of extinguishers. In the UK, there are 5 main types of fire extinguishers, these are:

  • Water

  • Foam

  • Dry Powder

  • CO2

  • Wet Chemical

Each type of extinguisher is specifically designed to tackle certain sources of fire. In order to properly understand the uses for each type of extinguisher, businesses and employees should take part in the correct training courses, provided by professional fire protection services.


Just as it is important to train and educate employees and fire wardens, it is essential that the extinguishers themselves are properly maintained and serviced. Employers are responsible for ensuring that extinguishers are serviced in accordance with BS 5306 regulations. 

Finding a fire protection service that is able to provide training, servicing, installation and maintenance of fire suppression systems is the surest way to guarantee employees are educated and all extinguishers are in full working order.

EK Fire Protection: Fire Extinguisher Rental & Sale

For all of your business’s fire protection needs, from extinguisher rental, training and maintenance to risk assessment and fire alarms, look no further than EK Fire Protection.

Our company has proudly supplied Kent and the surrounding area for almost 30 years; we take pride in providing excellent service and ensuring your safety. 

To discuss your requirements with a member of our team, get in touch today. 

Call us on 01304 210 909 or send an email to

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