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Portable fire extinguishers can be commonly found in workplaces, schools, hotels and other public places. 

It is also strongly recommended to have them on hand in homes.  Their ease of use, their immediate availability and their effectiveness have made them a popular firefighting tool.

There are also extinguishers with a bigger volume, which are called mobile extinguishers. These are larger and therefore heavier devices mounted on a cart with wheels. They are used when a fire is too big for a portable extinguisher to handle.

Portable and mobile fire extinguishers must be CE marked in accordance with the EU's pressure equipment directive.

Contrary to what most consumers think, this CE marking does not attest to the device's extinguishing performance.
It only guarantees a minimum safety level at high pressure, so that it can be sold in the European Union.
This is why BENOR's fire extinguisher certification remains the benchmark for guaranteeing extinguisher performance.

We perform tests on portable and mobile extinguishers so they can be certified in accordance with the following standards:

  • NBN EN 3-5 June 1996 Portable fire extinguishers - Part 5: Specification and supplementary tests
  • NBN EN 3-7  Portable fire extinguishers - Part 7: Characteristics, performance requirements and test methods
  • NBN EN 1866-1  Mobile fire extinguishers - Part 1: Characteristics, performance and test methods
  • NEN 2033 Portable fire extinguishers - Fire class D

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