About Richard Thorpe Fire Safety Services

Your Safety Is Our Number One Concern






Our Company

At Richard Thorpe Fire Safety Services, we have been helping homeowners and business owners protect themselves against fire since 1985. We have been involved in fire safety for such a long time because we are passionate about protecting people, their homes and their businesses. We are a family owned company and we believe in the importance of honesty. We go out of our way to provide a great service, and this is what has allowed us to continue for so long in the industry. We are a family owned company and we are proud of our brand. If there is anything that we can do to help, you can be sure that we will do it. If you would like to learn more about fire safety and our fire extinguisher services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Richard Thorpe Fire Safety Services.

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Choose Richard Thorpe Safety Services For


Whether we are providing fire alarm or fire extinguisher services, we never have any sales targets, nor do we work on commission. Your safety is what is most important, and we won’t recommend any products unless we believe that they will really protect you and your property.


Our decades of experience supplying and installing fire equipment means that we have come across all kinds of environments and locales. As such we know which products are most suitable for your needs and requirements, however unique or complex your needs may be.


We are accredited and certified by a number of fire safety organisations. We have both BAFE and ISO 9001:2015 certifications – which many companies don’t possess. All of our engineers are also DBS approved, so you can have confidence in the quality of our services.





What areas of the country do you service?

Our main service coverage areas are: Hampshire, Surrey, Greater London, London, Sussex, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Middlesex.

Why is it I can buy fire extinguishers off the internet or trade catalogues that seem to be at very low prices compared to professional fire extinguisher companies?

These fire extinguishers are delivered to you in a box, and some of them need part assembly. It is a requirement of BS 5306-3:2017 which is the British Standard for the commissioning and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers, that all portable fire extinguishers be commissioned immediately prior to being installed. This is also required by insurance companies. An extinguisher that is delivered to you cannot be commissioned prior to delivery. Even if the supplier has put a servicing label on it, it has still not been commissioned. Some internet sites offer an after-delivery fire extinguisher commissioning service. However, you pay a charge for a different company to attend, an additional charge to have each extinguisher commissioned, as well as an additional charge to have each extinguisher wall mounted. This results in no money being saved, and there is the added hassle of having to deal with two different companies. With our fire extinguisher services, all new fire extinguishers we supply are brought to your site by our own engineers. (A word of warning: there are some professional fire-extinguisher companies that charge over-inflated prices for their fire extinguishers).

Why is it that the servicing charges increase when a fire extinguisher becomes five and ten years old?

British Standard BS 5306-3:2017 requires that every five years water, foam, and powder fire extinguishers are discharged, fully inspected, serviced and refilled. This service is called an extended service. This procedure therefore adds to the normal basic servicing charge. BS 5306-3:2017 also requires that every ten years CO2 fire extinguishers are to be discharged, hydraulically pressure tested, and various parts replaced. In most cases it is more cost effective to replace with a new unit.

Is it cheaper to rent fire extinguishers rather than purchase them outright?

At Richard Thorpe Fire Safety Services, we supply fire extinguishers on an outright purchase basis. In most cases you, the customer, will be better off doing it this way, and will be better off financially after just 1½ years. Also, if you rent fire extinguishers you will usually be tied into a five to ten year contract. We do offer contracts for insurance purposes. However, these can be cancelled at any time with absolutely no penalties. We also supply fire extinguishers on a short-term hire basis for trade shows and other events, which is very cost effective.

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To learn more about our fire safety and fire extinguisher services, please get in touch with us at Richard Thorpe Fire Safety Services.


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