TYPES OF EXTINGUISHERS

 

Use the right Type and amount of fire extinguishers for the size of your site

in accordance with BS 5306 and your Fire Risk Assessment

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BEST FOR:

Live electrical equipment, although it allows re-ignition of hot plastics. Now mainly used on large computer servers, although care has to be taken not to asphyxiate people when using the extinguisher in small server rooms.

C02 FIRE EXTINGUISHER

HOW TO USE:

The discharge horn should be directed at the base of the flames and the jet kept moving across the area of the fire.

FOAM FIRE EXTINGUISHER

BEST FOR:

Fires involving solids and burning liquids, such as paint and petrol but not suitable for chip or fat pan fires. Safe on fires caused by electricity if tested to 35kV (dielectric test) and a 1m safety distance is adhered to.

HOW TO USE:

For fires involving solids, point the jet at the base of the flames and keep it moving across the area of the fire. Ensure that all areas of the fire are out. For fires involving liquids, do not aim the jet straight into the liquid. Where the liquid on fire is in a container, point the jet at the inside edge of the container or on a nearby surface above the burning liquid. Allow the foam to build up and flow across the liquid.

WET CHEMICAL FIRE EXTINGUISHER

BEST FOR:

Wet chemical fire extinguishers are ideal for Class F fires, involving cooking oils and fats, such as lard, olive oil, sunflower oil, maize oil and butter.

HOW TO USE:

Apply the wet chemical using the extended applicator in slow circular movements, which give a gentle, yet highly effective application. Apply the fine spray onto the burning fat until the surface of the burning cooking oil changes into a soapy like substance which prevents re-ignition. The gentle application helps to prevent burning oil splashing out of the container. Make sure that you empty the entire content of the wet chemical extinguisher onto the oil/fat, as the fire can re-ignite otherwise.

This will give you a rough guidance to the type of extinguisher your require on your site.

 

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WATER FIRE EXTINGUISHER

BEST FOR:

Fires involving organic solid materials such as wood, cloth, paper, plastics, Coal etc.

HOW TO USE:

Point the jet at the base of the flames and keep it moving across the area of the fire. Ensure that all areas of the fire are out.

DRY POWDER FIRE EXTINGUISHER

BEST FOR:

Can be used on fires involving organic solids, liquids such as grease, fats, oil, paint, petrol, etc but not on chip or fat pan fires. Can also be used on gas fires.

Note : Do Not use Dry Powder units in any of these areas (BS 5306 2012 ) Residual damage and cross contamination - Dry powder should NOT be used around any food stuffs as can make people vomit and bring on Asama attacks in sufferers ! 

 

HOW TO USE:

Point the jet or discharge horn at the base of the flames and, with a rapid sweeping motion, drive the fire towards the far edge until all the flames are out. If the extinguisher has a hand control, wait until the air clears and if you can still see the flames, attack the fire again.

Multi Use Extinguisher

BEST FOR:

Small kitchen fires including hot oils, with a weight of 10.25kgs.

The 34A rating gives the industry’s highest available A rating for a 6 litre extinguisher. This means that even in the hands of an untrained and incompetent person the MultiCHEM can tackle a sizeable fire

A 233B rating gives unsurpassed ability to tackle flammable liquid fires involving large amounts of fuel and a big surface area and then to round it all off, the 75F rating enables this unit to be used on deep fat fryer fires

 

HOW TO USE:

Point the jet or discharge horn at the base of the flames and, with a rapid sweeping motion, drive the fire towards the far edge until all the flames are out. If the extinguisher has a hand control, wait until the air clears and if you can still see the flames, attack the fire again.

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