Most fires start small but, if left to develop, they will grow and spread, causing a great deal of damage and threatening the lives of those in the vicinity.

In addition to the provision of portable fire extinguishers for controlling fires, organisations should consider the installation of fixed fire extinguisher systems to increase general fire protection facilities and/or to protect specific areas or equipment.

This topic outlines the various portable and fixed fire extinguishing systems that can be used in the event of a fire.

Employers' Duties

The responsible/appropriate person or dutyholder will have duties under the relevant legislation, these being the:

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