To remain fire safe you have to have the right provisions to fight fire on your business premises. The fire extinguishers Scotland and its business owners need will depend on a number factors. Furthermore, the most vital thing to remember is the location of firefighting equipment, how it works and the kind of fire it puts out.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service provide a high level of support and guidance for fire protection. Furthermore, service providers such as 1st Choice Fire Protection provide the equipment you need to be as safe as possible in the event of fire.

Fire Extinguishers Safety

Best practice around fire extinguishers is vital. It helps to ensure people use them appropriately. It is also important to remember to put your life first, not the chance of stopping the fire. You should never put yourself in danger or position yourself on the wrong side of the fire. Before using a fire extinguisher remember the following facts:

  1. Never place fire extinguishers over cooking equipment, heaters or places of extreme heat
  2. Always read the instructions before use
  3. Always recharge or replace extinguishers after use
  4. Ensure fire extinguishers are regularly serviced

Fire Extinguisher Types

All new fire extinguishers in Scotland should comply with BS EN3: 1996. This requires them to be red in colour featuring an additional zone of colour which indicates the contents. There are also five main types of fire extinguishers in Scotland:

  • Water
  • Foam
  • Dry powder
  • Co2
  • Wet Chemical

Each type of extinguisher is designed for a different type of fire. It is important to make sure you have the right extinguishers for your purposes. The fire extinguishes should be provided with the right instructions and give you the information you need to ensure they are only used for the first type of fire.

Fire Extinguishers from 1st Choice Fire

1st Choice Fire Services deliver a wide range of fire protection equipment for businesses across Scotland. Our range of fire service equipment includes all the fire extinguisher types a business could need. We also have an additional range of fire safety equipment including:

  • Fire signage and safety signs
  • Fire blankets for extinguishing
  • Fire/intrude alarm equipment
  • Trolleys and stands for extinguishers


1st Choice Fire Services are here to support Scottish businesses in their fire protection programme. We want to work with you to ensure you have the best provision for protecting your business in the event of fire. The right fire extinguishers are vital to this so get in touch to see how we can support you.