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Are P50 Service-Free Extinguishers Legal?

Yes, P50 extinguishers fulfil all legal and certification requirements and meet all the British standards recommendations.

P50 Service-Free Fire Extinguishers:

  • Carry the legal CE mark required for all fire extinguishers. The CE mark means that the fire extinguisher complies with the Pressure Equipment Directive (PED), a European standard which ensures the extinguisher will not rupture at a crucial moment.
  • Comply with British Standard BS EN 3-7. This standard is not a legal requirement but gives a good indicator of the performance and suitability of the extinguisher.
  • Are certified and kitemarked by the British Standards Institution (BSI). British standards are not a legal requirement; however, they are accepted as best practice across the industry.

Why don’t P50 Extinguishers need to be serviced by a third-party Service Technician?

Regardless of the type of extinguisher you choose to install in your premises, all businesses and organisations have a legal duty under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to ensure that their fire extinguishers are in the correct position and in good working order. BS 5306-3 also recommends that extinguishers are annually maintained.

Due to the unique construction and robust nature of the P50 Service-Free Extinguishers, a service by an external trained technician is not required to maintain the extinguisher. A responsible member of your staffing team should conduct a simple visual inspection each year and that is all that is needed to check the P50 is in good working order. Free training is provided for this inspection and Safelincs offer a free P50 Extinguisher Reminder Service to help you remember.

If any faults are found during the visual inspection, all Safelincs P50 Service-Free Extinguishers are covered by a 10-year warranty and the unit would be repaired or replaced by the manufacturer.

Whether your premises has traditional steel extinguishers or P50 Service-Free Extinguishers, a regular 'walk-by' inspection is required to note any obvious issues with fire safety equipment.

Insurance and P50 Fire Extinguishers

When switching to P50 Service-Free Fire Extinguishers, we recommend that you tell your insurance company as some providers require notification of any changes to your extinguisher provision.

To find out more about P50 service-free extinguishers, please contact our friendly team on 0800 612 653 or email You can also visit our P50 information page for more details or to order the P50.


Reviewed: 01/09/2022 (doc:553 V2.0). Our articles are reviewed regularly. However, any changes made to standards or legislation following the review date will not have been considered. Please note that we provide abridged, easy-to-understand guidance. To make detailed decisions about your fire safety provisions, you might require further advice or need to consult the full standards and legislation.


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