What type of portable fire extinguishers do I need?
We have a variety of choices when it comes to portable fire extinguishers. Some extinguishers use powders and others can use water, foam or CO2. We have put together a list of all of our fire extinguishers and their benefits. Each fire extinguisher is slightly different but they are essentially operated the same way and you can rest assure that all of products are up to the standard of any inspection.
A Simple Guide to Fire Extinguishers
Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers (AF)
WET CHEMICAL fire extinguishers are usually only used in restaurant kitchens and it is vital that all kitchens are fitted with this type of fire extinguisher. Most Fire Officers will insist that these types of fire extinguishers are fitted in all commercial kitchens (not small office kitchens). Wet Chemical fire extinguishers are suitable for fires involving deep fat fryers.
Water Fire Extinguishers (A)
WATER is the main type of fire extinguisher. It is used to cover Class A risk involving wood, paper and textiles. This extinguisher is used in most business premises. The water extinguisher is usually paired with a CO2 fire extinguisher to ensure most risks are covered in a business environment. Water extinguishers are not suitable for electrical fires.
Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguishers (B)
CARBON DIOXIDE (CO2) is also known as the electrical fire extinguisher as its main function is to deal with electrical fires. It is essential that all modern offices are fitted with this type of extinguisher to cover the office risks. They can also be used on flammable liquids as they have a B rating. They should be used in ventilated areas.
Foam Fire Extinguishers (AB)
FOAM fire extinguishers are used to cover Class A and B fire risks involving wood, paper, textiles and flammable liquids. They are not as popular these days as they are more expensive to maintain. The only advantage of them over water is that they are suitable to be used on fires involving flammable liquids. Foam extinguishers are not suitable for electrical fires or running fires.
Dry Powder Fire Extinguishers (ABC)
DRY POWDER fire extinguishers are used on Class A, B and C risks. They are very popular as they are suitable for most fire risks. The downside to powder extinguishers is that they do leave a residue and hazy mist behind when used and can damage nearby equipment.They should not be used in enclosed spaces or escape routes.
Chrome Fire Extinguishers
CHROME fire extinguishers are highly desirable for those with design and aesthetics in mind. They are becoming ever more popular in the modern office environment.These extinguishers conform to British Standards but not to EN3 due to their colour.
We can install and service all types of fire extinguishers, new and refurbished.
Classes of Fire
- CLASS A Wood, Paper and Textiles
- CLASS B Flammable liquids
- CLASS C Gases
- CLASS D Metals
- CLASS F Oils and Fats
Our equipment is of high standard, and we offer training programmes that provide important firefighting knowledge and techniques and will expand trainee’s knowledge of fire procedures. Click here to find out more about our training options.