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Fire Extinguishers Cornwall – Installation, Training and Servicing

Portable fire extinguishers should be provided in the workplace as a means of giving building personnel a means of extinguishing or controlling a small fire. They are not designed to be used in an out of control fire situation e.g. where flames may be reaching the ceiling.

Government guidelines suggest that even one-room shops should have at least one fire extinguisher. We can carry out clear and efficient Fire Risk Assessments to give your specific business the correct advice with regards to what type and number of fire extinguishers you should have at your site.

GFS provide a complete range of fire extinguishers from £20 (plus vat). These are supplied with five years warranty (parts and labour) CE marked and BS EN3:1996 kite marked.

We are also able to carry out maintenance and servicing of your fire extinguishers in Cornwall. Basic servicing is required for all types of fire extinguisher on an annual basis.

There are many types of fire extinguisher, including:

  • Automatic Fire Extinguishers – extinguishers that discharge when a source of heat is detected in plant room or confined space
  • Chrome Fire Extinguishers – for use where aesthetics are important or corrosion resistance is require (marine/damp environments)
  • CO2 Fire Extinguishers – for use in class B (flammable liquids) and electrical fires
  • Dry Powder Fire Extinguishers – for class A, B, C and safe to use on electrical fires
  • Dry Water Mist fire extinguishers – innovative new ‘all-in-one’ technology, for use on class A, B, C, E and F fires
  • Foam (AFFF) Fire Extinguishers – for use on class A (carbonaceous materials) and Class B (flammable liquid) fires
  • Water Fire Extinguishers – for class A (carbonaceous materials – wood, fabric, paper etc.) fires
  • Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers – for class A and class F (cooking oil & fat) – developed specifically to tackle deep fat fryer fires in commercial kitchens.

We are based in mid Cornwall we have a service engineering team available 24 hours a day for call out and refills which we are able to do on site.

All of our engineers are FIA trained (Fire Industry Association) . All our maintenance work is carried out in accordance with BS 5306 Part 3 & BS 5306 Part 8 guidelines.


Types of Extinguishers:


Water extinguishers are suitable for Class A  type fires involving combustible materials such as wood, paper and textiles.  Water is a fast and efficient means of extinguishing these materials.  It works by having a rapid cooling effect, so that insufficient heat remains to sustain burning and continuous ignition ceases.

Manufactured in both stored pressure and gas cartridge versions, water extinguishers are available in two models:  9 and 6 Litre.

Carbon Dioxide

Carbon dioxide extinguishers are suitable for fires involving flammable liquids and electrical hazards.  The non-corrosive and non-conductive qualities of CO2 make it an ideal choice for dealing with fires involving electrical equipment and machinery.

Manufactured only in a stored pressure version, carbon dioxide extinguishers are available in two models:  5 and 2 kilogram.

The carbon dioxide is a recovered industrial bi-product, thereby reducing the carbon dioxide levels contributing to the Greenhouse effect.


Foam Spray

Foam spray extinguishers, (AFFF – Aqueous Film Forming Foam), are ideal for multi-risk situations where both Class A combustible materials and Class B flammable liquid risks are likely to be found, or where Class B risks present a direct hazard.  Foam spray extinguishers are especially suitable for Class B fires involving flammable liquids, such as oils, spirits, greases, fats and certain plastics.

The blanketing effect of foam spray gives rapid flame knock down which smothers the flame and thus prevents re-ignition of flammable vapours by sealing the surface of the solution.

Foam spray extinguishers are manufactured in four stored pressure models: 9, 6, 2 and 1 litre, and two gas cartridge models: 9 and 6 litres.


Powder extinguishers are suitable for use on Class A, B and also Class C type fires involving flammable gases such as propane and butane.  Powder is also highly effective for electrical hazards.

This multi-purpose powder interferes with the combustion process and provides rapid-fire knock down.  Multi-purpose extinguishers are manufactured in fire stored pressure models:  9, 6, 4, 2 and 1 kilogram, and three gas cartridge models: 9, 6 and 4 kilogram.

Wet Chemical

Cooking oil fires, because of their high auto-ignition temperatures are difficult to extinguish. Conventional extinguishers are not effective for cooking oil fires, as they do not cool sufficiently or may even cause flash back, so putting the operator at risk.

The 6 litre wet chemical extinguisher has been developed to deal specifically with fires resulting from cooking oils and fats. It has the capability to fight fires in deep fat fryers of up to 75 litres capacity.

It contains a specially formulated wet chemical which, when applied to the burning liquid, cools and emulsifies the oil, extinguishing the flame, sealing the surface and preventing re-ignition.

Fire Classifications

Paper, wood, textiles & fabric
B Flammable liquids
C Flammable gases
 D Electrical equipment
E Transport/Domestic eg: boats, cars, caravans, the home
F Hot fat fires

We have been using the services GFS for several years. Our fire inspections are carried out promptly each year and appropriate advice given where necessary. We have and will continue to recommend GFS to other businesses

Mark Grice