Employers must ensure that suitable and sufficient emergency fire-fighting equipment is provided on the premises. Examples include fire extinguishers and fire blankets.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers should be situated appropriately throughout the premises. The best place is on an escape route, near an outside door, or adjacent to a specific risk, such as a kitchen or day room.

Different types of extinguisher exist, each designed to cope with a particular type of fire. These are defined in classes:

Class A

SOLIDS, such as paper, wood, plastic etc

Class B

FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS, such as paraffin, petrol, oil etc

Class C

FLAMMABLE GASES, such as propane, butane, methane etc

Class D

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