Portable Fire Extinguisher Provision and Maintenance Reigate

The most common type of firefighting equipment found in business premises is the portable fire extinguisher. South East Fire Protection LTD is 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.

Essential Fire Extinguisher Information

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

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

For a floor in a building, the correct number of water fire extinguishers to tackle Class A fires (fires involving combustible solids such as paper, wood, cloth, plastics etc) can be determined if the fire rating of the floor is known. 

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.

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

As a Reigate employer or business, you are legally required to ensure your fire extinguishers are regularly tested and maintained in good working order. This requirement comes under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.


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

BS 5306 part 3 states it is a requirement to have all your fire extinguishers serviced by a ‘competent person’ once a year. If you do not have a competent person, for whatever reason, SEFP can provide one.

We are specialised in fire extinguisher inspections in Reigate and the South East. Our engineers are qualified to provide advice on the suitability, positioning of portable extinguishers and carry out annual maintenance requirements.

Our engineers hold BAFE (British Approvals for Fire Equipment) certificates to provide our customers with the proof they are competent We offer a full maintenance package to ensure you meet with your Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 responsibilities

Fire Extinguisher Visual Inspection

In addition to annual maintenance a ‘responsible person’ should carry out a weekly visual inspection of all fire extinguishers on your premises. They must ensure the extinguishers are not damaged or have been accidentally discharged. To ensure your staff and premises are safe we advise you to select a nominated person if you don’t already have one.