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Fire Extinguishers for Receptions

Reception areas, lobbies and entrances are often one of the busiest areas of a building. Usually fitted with a variety of appliances and furniture and containing numerous flammable materials, these areas contain multiple fire risks.

Fire extinguishers suitable for receptions

P50 Foam Service-Free Fire Extinguishers

P50 Foam Service-Free Fire Extinguishers are an ideal all-rounder for use in most reception areas. Giving excellent coverage for class A (solid combustibles) and class B (flammable liquids) fires, the P50 Foam is also dielectrically tested, making it safe for use on live electrical equipment such as computers or lighting (up to 1kv electricity from 1m distance).

The P50 Foam Extinguisher can be used as a replacement for a traditional foam and CO2, or Water and CO2 combination. Having one single unit to tackle all fires reduces the risk of the wrong extinguisher being used in the event of a fire. P50s are also ''service-free'', meaning they do not require servicing annually by a technician. Switching to P50 extinguishers could save you up to 50% on the cost of your fire extinguishers.

Fire Classification

P50 Foam Fire Extinguishers are suitable for use on the following types of fire.


Foam and CO2 Fire Extinguisher Combination

Traditionally, many reception areas have a foam extinguisher coupled with a CO2 extinguisher. This ensures appropriate fire fighting capability for class A, B and electrical fires, covering the most likely fire risks in a reception area. CO2 is effective at tackling electrical fires, whilst foam provides general coverage for class A (e.g. wood, paper) and class B (flammable liquids) fires. It is not however advisable to use a CO2 fire extinguisher in confined spaces with limited air flow.

This combination can now be replaced by the P50 Foam Fire Extinguisher due to it being safe for use on live electrical equipment (up to 1kv) and having superior fire fighting qualities.

Fire Classification

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


Foam Fire Extinguishers are suitable for use on the following types of fire (suitable for electrical use only if they have been dielectrically tested.)


Related Guides

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


Reviewed: 02/11/2021 (doc:9 V1.1). 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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