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Fire Extinguishers for Corridors and Stairways

Corridors and stairways are the central access point of many buildings providing essential escape routes in emergency situations. Although they are usually considered to be of "low fire risk" it is important to remember that extinguishers located within these areas are often required for use in adjoining rooms.

Fire extinguishers suitable for corridors and stairways

Foam Fire Extinguishers - For use on General Risks

With corridors and stairways containing limited fire risks but also being a central point of access from surrounding locations, a foam fire extinguisher is advisable. With multiple fire fighting capabilities, foam extinguishers can tackle class A, B and electrical fires, ideal to provide cover for general fire risks.

Foam fire extinguishers leave a soapy residue after the extinguisher has been discharged. Any foam fire extinguisher that has passed the electrical conductivity tests for British Standards, so if they are sprayed on live electrical equipment up to 30,000 Volts then the user will not be electrocuted.

Fire Classification

Foam fire extinguisher are suitable for use on the following types of fire.

CO2 Fire Extinguishers - For use on Electrical Risks

With stairways and corridors often containing lighting, vending machines and perhaps even computers, having a CO2 fire extinguisher is advisable. If electrical equipment does ignite then the CO2 fire extinguisher is the most effective fire extinguisher at putting the fire out.

However, it is not advisable to use a CO2 fire extinguisher in confined spaces with limited air flow.

Fire Classification

CO2 fire extinguisher are suitable for use on the following types of fire.

Related Guides

Read our guide to fire classes and guide to fire extinguisher types to learn more.


Reviewed: 12/11/2020 (doc:10 V1.0). 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.