Throughout an emergency including fire, the speed at which a fire extinguisher can be looked for is vital. Additionally picking the correct type of fire extinguisher for every sort of fire can be the distinction in between life and death. For many years, general guidelines have been established as advised technique after being derived from fire case investigations.

For general fire protection objectives, extinguishers must be located as follows:

i) So that no-one needs to travel more than 30 metres to reach one. This is to ensure the speed at which one can be sourced is as efficient as feasible.

ii) Noticeable settings. It can be difficult to discover one when they are placements which are out of the sight of individuals and not certainly seen in emergency.

iii) Near room exits, on departure routes or on stairs touchdowns.

iv) On similar placements on each flooring. This assists construct a routine in people’s minds of there being a common place to discover an extinguisher when needed.

v) Quickly easily accessible. Blockages to the extinguishers add to the hold-up of being able to snuff out the fire.

vi) Where planned for a particular threat, they need to be easily located for the place of danger, however not so close that they might be unattainable in the event of fire. Getting the appropriate extinguisher next to the appropriate kind of threat assists to get rid of bad options when trying to extinguish fires, which could result in further loss.

vii) Avoidance of exposure to excessive warmth or cold.

viii) Avoidance of corrosion. This makes sure the fire extinguishers are ready as well as fit for purpose.

ix) Grouped with each other in fire factors where achievable. This helps to ensure that fire combating is as efficient as possible.


As a result of the various techniques required to bring various types of extinguishers into operation, they must bear clearly recognized composed and pictorial operating directions. Preferably all extinguishers should operate similarly and be manageable.

In the UK, for quick recognition there is a British Standard colour code (BS 7863) for every type of device:

– Red for water
– Hanker foam
– Blue for powder
– Black for Carbon Dioxide
– Canary Yellow for Damp Chemical

Halon Fire Extinguishers – Tinted environment-friendly

The Montreal Protocol has ruled that Halon fire extinguishers need to have been eliminated by the year 2000 and also thus all Fire extinguisher system need to be changed with a suitable choice, i.e. some kind of inert gas.

British standard for mobile fire extinguishers

British Common ‘BS EN3’ is the existing production criterion for mobile fire extinguishers in the UK. It came into force on 1 January 1997 therefore every new extinguisher produced need to comply with BS EN3 for it to be an ‘authorized’ extinguisher. The main feature is that the extinguisher body should be RED, regardless of its materials.

Clause 57.1 does nevertheless allows for an optimum of 5% of the surface of the body of the extinguisher to be colour coded to show its materials. The location selected must show up 180 levels when the extinguisher is in its typical setting.