Fire Extinguisher Signs

What are fire extinguisher signs?

Fire extinguisher signs, also known as fire extinguisher labels, provide vital information regarding the fire extinguisher they are placed on. They are essential because there are several classes of fire, which can only be safely put out using certain types of fire extinguishers.
For example, using a liquid-based fire extinguisher on an electrical fire can endanger more lives as water is a conductive. As a result, a fire extinguisher sign shows which classes of fire the extinguisher can be used on, as well as the classes it is unsuitable for. Depending on your business’ fire risk assessment, required and detailed in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO), you may need to keep a wide range of fire extinguishers on site, if there is a risk of multiple classes of fire. However, each business is required to keep at least 2 water fire extinguishers, meaning you will need to ensure the installation and maintenance of signs for these fire extinguishers. UK Safety Store stocks an extensive range of fire extinguisher signs, which you can browse below. Whatever fire extinguishers your business is required to keep on site, we have a compliant and cost effective solution for you. Read more about fire extinguisher labels below.
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Where should fire extinguisher signs be located?

Fire extinguisher signs should be located on the fire extinguisher they refer to, ensuring clear distinction between different types of units.

For example, if your business has an area that is at risk of both Class A fires (combustible materials, such as wood and paper) and electrical fires, you would need to keep both a water and CO2 fire extinguisher. However, if your fire extinguisher labels were located next to the units, it might be unclear which is the correct extinguisher to use on electrical fires. 

Given that water is conductive, and would be severely dangerous if used to extinguish a fire where there is a live electrical current, it is essential that fire extinguisher labels are kept on the fire extinguisher.

To learn more about the different classes of fire, read our in-depth guide to the different types of fire extinguishers.

Are fire extinguisher signs required by law?

Yes. Fire extinguisher signs are referenced and required by the British Standards, the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 (HSR) and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) 2005 (RRFSO). The frequency and thoroughness of their inclusion highlights the importance of fire extinguisher signs for your business. The responsibility for installing and maintaining fire extinguisher signs is stipulated in the RRFSO, which requires businesses to appoint a ‘responsible person’ to carry out a fire risk assessment and ensure any required actions are carried out and recorded.

Learn more about fire extinguisher signs

We are experts in fire safety signs so that you don’t have to be. This is why our customer service team is always on hand to help with any queries regarding safety signage. In addition, with our resource hub, you can learn more about fire safety signs and regulations.