The risk of a small fire developing into something larger and more serious can be greatly reduced by appropriate firefighting equipment.
The general guidance is for one 13A rated water extinguisher per 200 square meters (about 2,150 square feet) of floor area. This can be adjusted up or down depending on the type of risks. Special fire risks such as oils, fats and electrical equipment may require the provision of carbon dioxide, dry powder or other extinguishers.
All firefighting equipment should be sited in suitable locations e.g. on the escape routes at each floor level.