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Fire Extinguishers

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Need help understanding your fire extinguisher needs for your business? Whether you're buying or looking to service your fire extinguishers, contact us using the form below:

Even if your premises is kitted out with the latest in fire warning and suppressant systems, fire extinguishers are an essential asset when it comes to proofing your building against a fire emergency.

They can help control small outbreaks of fire quickly, preventing flames from spreading and causing more damage. In more severe emergencies, fire extinguishers can save lives, helping keep an evacuation route clear and providing crucial access to escape points.

Fire Extinguishers FAQ 

How often should fire extinguishers be serviced?

Fire extinguishers must be serviced every 12 months or after each use. If an extinguisher is found to be leaking, it should be serviced immediately.

How to dispose of fire extinguisher?

Release any pressure contained in the fire extinguisher canister by shooting a small amount into an open area.

Let the canister sit for a few days, making sure the pressure has been released. Once there is no longer any pressure, please dispose in a black trashbag

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Which extinguisher type is suitable for virtually all fire risks?

Fire class: B. CO2 extinguishers are suitable for class B risks involving flammable liquids and for electrical hazards. CO2 is harmless to electrical equipment and is ideal for modern offices, electronic risks and for the protection of electrical installations.

How long do fire extinguishers last?

Fire extinguishers last between five and 15 years but they all ultimately expire and become ineffective, no matter what fire-fighting substance they contain. Household fire extinguishers - which are filled with dry chemicals (carbon dioxide or halon) lose their charge over time.

What are foam extinguishers used for?

Foam fire extinguishers are one of the most common types of fire extinguisher, and are generally used for fires involving flammable solids and liquids

What extinguisher to use on electrical fire ?

Fire extinguishers with a Class C rating are suitable for fires in “live” electrical equipment. Both monoammonium phosphate and sodium bicarbonate are commonly used to fight this type of fire because of their nonconductive properties.

What is a water extinguisher used for?

The Water and Foam extinguisher eliminates a fire by allowing water to take away the heat component of a fire while foam separates oxygen from the fire. A water extinguisher should only be used on Class A fires (Combustibles such as wood, paper, cloth, trash, and plastics). If used on a Class B fire (flammable liquid of gas or paint. flammable gases, such as propane or butane) the discharge could help spread the flammable liquid or gas. If used on a Class C fire (electrical equipment such as motors or kitchen appliances), it could create a shock hazard.

The foam extinguisher can only be used on Class A and Class B fires only. If used on Class C fires, it will create a shock hazard.

What colour code is displayed on a co2 extinguisher?

Each extinguishing medium is assigned its own colour code: Red for water, cream for foam, blue for dry power, and black for carbon dioxide. A fifth colour, yellow, is added for the new Wet Chemical type of fire extinguisher.

What are class f fires extinguished by?

Class F fire extinguishers should only be extinguished using a wet chemical fire extinguisher. These extinguishers have been specifically developed to tackle fires involving cooking oils and fats and contain potassium salts which both cool the flames and smother the fire’s oxygen content.

What are the Classes of fire?

Class A - fires involving solid materials such as wood, paper or textiles.

Class B - fires involving flammable liquids such as petrol, diesel or oils.

Class C - fires involving gases.

Class D - fires involving metals.

Class E - fires involving live electrical apparatus. (Technically ‘Class E’ doesn’t exists however this is used for convenience here)

Class F - fires involving cooking oils such as in deep-fat fryers.

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