Portable Fire Extinguisher Provision and Maintenance East Grinstead

Portable fire extinguishers are found in all commercial and industrial premises, and they must be maintained. We offer a fire extinguisher inspection service to East Grinstead businesses.

We are a registered company to BAFE Competency of Portable Fire Extinguisher Organisations and Technicians (SP101) scheme, providing confidence to our customers that by using us you have appointed a competent and safe company.


Which fire extinguisher?

This process is documented in BS 5306 – 8:2012 Selection and positioning of portable fire extinguishers.

There are specific rules for the number of fire extinguishers according to the floor area.

The correct number of water fire extinguishers to tackle Class A fires (fires involving combustible solids such as paper, wood, cloth, plastics etc). The fire rating is found by multiplying the floor area in m2 by 0.065. For a floor area of 200m2 the fire rating is 200 x 0.065 = 13. A minimum of 2 x 13A rated fire extinguishers should be provided per floor in accordance with BS53086.
For special risks such as fires involving live electrical equipment, a suitable fire extinguisher such as carbon dioxide should be provided.

Where should the fire extinguisher be located?

Generally, extinguishers should be located at exits from rooms or storeys, in corridors that form parts of escape routes, and on landings. Extinguishers for special risks such as electrical fires, flammable liquid fires, or cooking oil fires should be located near the risk in accordance with BS5306.

Annual Fire Extinguisher Maintenance

Fire extinguishers in the workplace must be kept in good repair and working order, in accordance with The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.


This is a legal requirement and all fire extinguishers in commercial or industrial premises must be serviced annually by a ‘competent person’, under the BS 5306 part 3 regulations.

This process is documented in BS 5306 – 3:2009 Commissioning & maintenance of portable fire extinguishers and BS 5306 – 9:2015 Recharging of portable fire extinguishers.

Our engineers are qualified to provide advice on the suitability, positioning of portable extinguishers and carry out annual maintenance requirement.

Our engineers hold BAFE (British Approvals for Fire Equipment) certificates to provide our customers with the proof they are competent. We can supply you with a fire extinguisher maintenance package to meet the requirement of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Fire Extinguisher Visual Inspection

A ‘responsible person’ within your organisation should carry out a visual check of all fire extinguishers at least once a month or as stated in your fire risk assessment, to ensure they are not damaged or have not been accidentally discharged.
This is a legal requirement which forms part of the fire risk prevention of all businesses and commercial premises in East Grinstead.