The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, means the occupier of a premises is responsible for compliance. This includes the fire safety policy, as well as fire safety equipment such as fire extinguishers.
There is no single fire extinguisher that is suitable for all fires. Based on a fire risk assessment, your premises may be at risk of one or several types of fire and will need the appropriate fire extinguishers to tackle the various identified risks.
Having more than one fire extinguisher may lead to confusion in times of emergency. Extinguishers have coloured identification panels which dictate their use on or above their operating instructions but should cover no more than 5% of the body surface area.
To add at a glance clarification of the right fire extinguisher to use in the right circumstances, Fire Extinguisher Identification signs should be mounted next to the fire fighting equipment.
Classes of Fire
UK fire extinguisher regulations say you should have a minimum of two ‘Class A’ extinguishers (wood/ paper/ ‘Carbonaceous’ fires) on every storey of the building, although very small premises it may be more practical to have just one. These can be in the form of water or foam extinguishers. However, other extinguishers should also be present based on the risk assessment and the class of fire risk.
Classes of fire include:
Class A Solids such as paper, wood, soft furnishings and plastic.
Class B Flammable liquids such as paraffin, petrol and oil.
Class C Flammable gases such as propane, butane and methane
Class D Metals such as aluminium, magnesium and titanium
Class F Cooking oils and fats
Electrical (Former Class E) Fires involving electrical apparatus.
Former Class E – this type of fire can fall into any of the classes, as it is not the electricity burning but the surrounding materials set alight by the electric current.
Fire Extinguisher Identification
In addition to the individual fire extinguisher identification signs, we also produce a handy poster detailing the type of extinguisher and its uses which can help familiarise staff with fire fighting equipment.
The presence of firefighting equipment forms part of your overall safety policy for your premises and should involve regular inspections to make sure equipment is present and in working order. On occasions, fire extinguishers may get moved and not replaced. Our fire extinguisher missing signs will tell the viewer that important equipment is missing and should be replaced.
If you would like to talk to us about your Fire Signage requirements please do not hesitate to get in touch.