Fire Extinguisher Services

Fire Guard Services’ team of engineers specialise in the supply, installation and maintenance of fire extinguishers in both commercial and residential properties.

Fire extinguishers are a key component of a premises’ fire safety strategy and must be accessible and in perfect working order at all times. Fire extinguishers are used to control or extinguish small fires and their regular maintenance is part of British fire safety regulations under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Our highly trained fire extinguisher engineers are FIA (Fire Industry Association) and BAFE (British Association of Fire Engineers) certified and are able to advise on:

✓  Extinguisher types: Co2, Foam, Water, Powder and Wet Chemical

✓  Fire extinguisher servicing and maintenance

✓  Access

✓  Positioning and how many units are required

✓  How to use them

Fire Extinguisher Servicing and Maintenance

Our experienced fire engineers offer a level of expertise that is unmatched in the fire safety industry. It is a legal requirement to service fire extinguishers on an annual basis.

A Fire Guard Services’ maintenance contract is the most reliable way to keep your fire extinguishers in tiptop condition and fully operational.

Our servicing includes checking the following components of your fire extinguishers:

  • Safety pin, clip and tamper seal
  • Fire extinguisher body for external corrosion or damage
  • Legibility of all labeling
  • Overall weight – extinguisher must be replaced if weight loss exceeds 10%
  • Pressure gauge test
  • Replacement of ‘O’ rings
  • Fire extinguisher cleanliness
  • Wall mounting security
  • Signage condition
  • Hose integrity
  • Horn condition
  • Head cap examination

Contact us today to discuss your requirements.


Our Fire Extinguishers – Government and Industry Standard Compliant

Every fire extinguisher we supply has been manufactured and tested under an ISO 9002 Quality System and accredited by B.S.I.

All of our fire extinguisher installation and maintenance services are carried out in accordance with British Standards:

  • BS 5306 part 3: 2017
  • BS 5306 part 8
Water fire extinguisher

Water Fire Extinguisher

A water fire extinguisher is usually labelled with a white label that says “WATER”. Water fire extinguishers have a class A rating and are safe for use on wood, paper and fabric fires.

A water extinguisher is NOT suitable for:

  • Flammable liquids, such as oil, as it will not be able to extinguish the fire and could potentially cause an explosion
  • Electrical fires as using a water fire extinguisher on an electrical fire puts the user at risk of electrocution
Foam fire extinguisher

Foam Fire Extinguisher

A foam extinguisher is identifiable by a cream coloured label that reads “FOAM”. These can be used for wood, paper and fabric fires. Foam extinguishers are also safe to use on flammable liquid fires.

The use of a foam fire extinguisher is NOT suitable for:

  • Electrical fires
  • Flammable metal fires

Using a foam fire extinguisher on these types of fires can actually help escalate a fire, instead of extinguishing it.

Powder fire extinguisher

Powder Fire Extinguisher

A powder fire extinguisher can be identified by a blue label that says “POWDER”. Powder extinguishers can be used on wood, paper and fabric fires. They can also be used on flammable liquid fires, gaseous fires and even electrical fires and are recommended for use in plant and boiler rooms.

Powder extinguishers CANNOT be used on:

  • Fires involving cooking oil (such as pan fires)
  • Fires involving electrical equipment that exceed 1000v
  • Fires in enclosed spaces
  • Fires involving flammable metals (unless it is a “specialist” dry powder extinguisher)

In these circumstances, the use of powder fire extinguishers can escalate the fire rather than extinguish it.

Wet chemical fire extinguisher

Wet Chemical Fire Extinguisher

A wet chemical fire extinguisher can be identified by a yellow label that states “Wet Chemical”. Wet chemical extinguishers can be used on wood, paper and fabric fires. They are mainly used for cooking and deep fat fryer fires.

Wet chemical extinguishers are NOT suitable for:

  • Electrical fires
  • Flammable liquid fires
  • Gaseous fires

Again, in these circumstances, the use of wet fire extinguishers can escalate a fire rather than extinguish it.

CO2 fire extinguisher

CO2 Fire Extinguisher

CO2 fire extinguishers can be identified by a black label reading “CO2”. CO2 fire extinguishers are safe for use on flammable liquid fires and electrical fires.

Co2 extinguishers are NOT suitable for use on:

  • Wood fires
  • Paper fires
  • Fabric fires
  • Cooking fires that involve oil and grease (such as chip pan fires) as the extinguisher could end up blasting the flames into the surrounding area
Fire extinguisher types table

Fire Safety Accreditations and Experience

Our fire safety engineers have the following accreditations, experience and association memberships:


IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety & Health) qualified


FPA (Fire Protection Association) qualified risk assessors


IFE (Institute of Fire Engineers) members

The British Fire Consortium - link to The British Fire Consortium website

Members of the British Fire Consortium

Alcumus Safe Contractor

Alcumus SafeContractor accredited


10+ years Fire Brigade experience

As a one-stop-shop for fire safety and protection, we can provide all the fire safety products, equipment or services you require throughout Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, including:

For more information on fire extinguisher supply and maintenance, get in touch – our friendly, knowledgeable staff are waiting for you to call.