Fire Extinguishers: The Ultimate, Unsung Heroes
If you’ve ever wondered why your hotel room at the airport has one of these in the corner, or why the exit door of a plane is marked with a fire extinguisher icon, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s more to fire extinguishers than just an eye-catching mark. A fire extinguisher can be a lifesaver!
Choosing the Right Fire Extinguisher
Fire extinguishers are an essential part of any business, no matter how big or small. They can save lives and property, and they can help you avoid costly repairs to your building.
Choosing the right fire extinguisher for your business is not something you should take lightly. You need to know what kind of fire is most likely to occur in your business, as well as the type of extinguishing solution that will work best on it.
In the midst of an emergency, your employees should have all the information they need to make informed decisions. By familiarizing them with each type of fire extinguisher and what they are used for, you can eliminate any confusion that might arise in an emergency.
By doing so, you will help your staff make informed choices when confronted with a fire.
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Dry powder is the most common form of fire extinguisher.
There are many types of fire extinguishers on the market, but the dry powder variety is by far the most common. This canister is branded with a white band and comes in BE and ABE solutions. Each solution is suitable for multiple fire sources. You can use the white BE extinguisher on fires fuelled by flammable liquids, combustible gases, electrical fires, or fires started by cooking oils and fats. You can use the ABE solution on class A fires (fuelled by carbonaceous solids including wood, paper, cloth, and rubber), fires caused by flammable liquids, combustible gases, and electrical fires.
The white banded model comes in a variety of sizes. You can purchase a 1.5Kg extinguisher for buses and small kitchens; 2kg extinguishers are often utilised in office areas, kitchens, garages, and retail stores; warehouses, large offices, and fuel stations commonly install 4.5kg and 9kg dry powder fire extinguishers.
Breathing Easy with CO2 Fire Extinguishers
CO2 extinguishers offer fast, reliable fire-fighting performance. CO2 is a cost-effective option and easy to use time after time.
Fire extinguishers are an essential part of any workplace, regardless of the industry. The CO2 extinguishing agent is most suitable for use against electrical fires, which can occur in workshops, welding areas, service bays for vehicles, server or computer rooms.
This variety is marked with a black band for easy identification and comes in 2kg, 3.5kg, and 5kg options for businesses where electrical fires may occur.
With regular testing available from our fire safety team you can rest assured that your business will be protected against fire hazards.
Why Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers Are The Most Effective Against Oil Fires
If you’re looking for a fire extinguisher that can deal with all sorts of fires, look no further than the wet chemical fire extinguisher. This device comes with an oatmeal stripe across the cylinder and is suitable for use on fires caused by hot fats and oils (class F fires), as well as class A fires (carbonaceous solids). You can install a 2L extinguisher for smaller food retail businesses, or a 7L option for larger businesses, such as commercial kitchens.
Wet chemical fire extinguishers are suitable for use on most types of fires, making them ideal for kitchens and other areas where flammable liquids might be present. They are also generally well-suited to fighting grease fires, which often occur in restaurants. Wet chemical fire extinguishers work by smothering the flames with a water-based solution that may include potassium bicarbonate or sodium bicarbonate as an active ingredient. The chemicals contained within this type of device help prevent re-ignition once the flames are extinguished, making them especially useful in areas where there is a risk of rekindling due to hot spots or lingering embers.
Foam Fire Extinguishers Attack The Fire From Within
If you operate a business that deals with flammable liquids or carbonaceous solids, having a blue foam fire extinguisher installed and maintained is a necessity.
Foam fire extinguishers are used to combat fires fuelled by flammable liquids or carbonaceous solids. The foam fire extinguisher can be identified by the blue stripe at the top of the cylinder.
These devices work by creating a blanket of foam which smothers the fire and prevents it from spreading to other areas of your property.
Water Fire Extinguishers
This fire extinguisher is plain red. You can use water to extinguisher paper, timber, and textiles. It’s really important to avoid fires with electrical sources, or fires involving fuel.
The reason water is so effective against these kinds of fires is that it’s not chemically reactive. That means it won’t react with any of the flammable materials and make them burn more quickly or powerfully. Instead, it simply absorbs heat from the fire, cooling it down until there is no longer enough heat for the reaction to continue. You might find a water fire extinguisher at a school, or in businesses that deal largely in timber, paper, cloth, and rubber.
Fire Extinguishers should be located near exits and other common areas where they can be used quickly in the event of a fire. Make sure they’re clearly marked so everyone knows where they are and what they do!
Fire protection devices are most effective when they are maintained. To ensure your equipment is functional and effective in an emergency, invest in extinguisher testing services.
Whether you need your fire protection equipment serviced or you require a complete installation of new fire equipment, we’re here to help. You can contact our team of experts at Complete Fire and Pumps for more information and advice about fire protection equipment, as well as extinguisher testing requirements. We are fully aware of your fire safety obligations, and we can help you prevent unnecessary risk in the workplace.
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