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Fire Extinguishers for Warehouses

In most warehouses there will be large amounts of packaging and the possibility of some electrical equipment. As warehouses are usually larger areas than most rooms it is usually recommended to install larger extinguishers to cover more space.

Fire extinguishers suitable for warehouses

Foam Fire Extinguishers - For use on General Risks

As the content of many warehouses is varied, an extinguisher to cover multiple fire risks is essential. Foam fire extinguishers are highly effective at fighting fires fuelled by solid combustibles and also flammable liquid fires such as petrol, diesel and parrafin.

Foam extinguishers can leave a residue so use on furniture should be as little as possible and as much as necessary to extinguish the fire. 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

Many warehouses have electronic equipment to aid in the processing and warehousing of units or are even storing electronic equipment. It is therefore essential that the correct precautions are taken and appropriate extinguishers to tackle electrical fuelled fires are installed. With the ability to effectively tackle these types of fire, the CO2 fire extinguisher should only be used in open spaces where air circulation is not an issue and not in confined areas.

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: 06/05/2020 (doc:14 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.