UK fire safety legislation requires premises to be equipped with appropriate fire-fighting equipment.
Any non-automatic equipment provided (fire extinguishers, hose reels and fire blankets) must be easily accessible, simple to use and indicated by signs.
It is important to select the right type of extinguisher to use on the material involved in a fire.
It is often necessary to have a mix of portable extinguishers to cover the various categories of fire risk that may be present. Assessing the Requirement for Numbers and Type of Extinguishers
Portable fire extinguishers and other non-automatic equipment must be subject to regular checking and maintenance to ensure that they will operate as designed when required to do so.
In some situations, it will be necessary to provide fixed fire-fighting systems.
Where deemed necessary, suitable levels of training in the use of fire-fighting equipment should be undertaken.
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