BS EN3 Explained


This is the new European Standard, covering portable Fire Extinguishers. It replaces the former BS5423: 1987, which was withdrawn in 1997. Until then the U.K. had a unique colour coding system to identify the various Fire Extinguishers. BS EN3 requires that at least 95% of the extinguishers body must be coloured red, allowing only 5% colour coded zones on the extinguisher

Class A Fires

Freely Freely burning materials such as wood, paper, and textiles e.t.c.

Class B Fires

Flammable liquids such as petrol, oil, and paint e.t.c.

Class C Fires

Flammable gases such as methane and propane e.t.c.

Electrical Hazards

Fire Protection Equipment that is safe for contact on fires involving all types of electrical equipment

We offer the following extinguishers :


Water Extinguishers are suitable for Class A Fires caused by the combustion of burning materials such as paper, wood, textiles etc.
Available in 6 litre or 9 litre format.


Foam Extinguishers are ideal for both A & B class Fire risks. AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foam) is particularly suited to Class B Fire caused by the combustion of flammable liquids such as petrol, oils, fats, paints etc.
Available in 2 litre, 6 litre or 9 litre format.


Carbon Dioxide Extinguishers are especially suitable for office use on electrical equipment, creating minimal secondary damage.
Can also be used for Class B Fire risks caused by the combustion of flammable liquids such as petrol, oils, fats, paints etc

Available in either 2Kg or 5Kg format.


Powder Extinguishers are multipurpose, suitable for mixed Fire risk environments specially suited to Class B Fires caused by combustion of flammable liquids such as petrol, oils, fats, paints etc and Class C type Fires caused by flammable gases such as methane, and propane etc.
Available in 1Kg, 2Kg, 4Kg, 6Kg or 9Kg formats