Do you know the different types of fire extinguishers and on which fires they should be used?

Use the wrong type of fire extinguisher and you may make matters worse! Different types of fire extinguishers for different fires.

Fires can be caused and fuelled by a range of materials, and it’s important that the fire extinguisher you have is suited to tackling the fires that are most likely to occur in your premises. This can be determined by the industry you’re in, as well as which materials you most frequently deal with, and we can supply fire extinguishers to tackle all classifications of fire.

All our fire extinguishers are approved to the relevant British Standards, and they are also approved by BAFE.

Fire Guard Services can provide the correct solution for you whatever type of business you run. We will ensure that you install the most suitable fire extinguishers for your premises. You are guaranteed a product that will provide the utmost in protection when you come to Fire Guard Services. For more information on our fire extinguishers and fire extinguisher maintenance, click here.

Types of Fire Extinguisher

1. Water Extinguisher

water fire extinguisher
Water fire extinguishers protect against Class A fires, also known as material fires. Class A fires are likely in areas which use paper, wood or fabric. The water fire extinguisher which we supply uses distilled water and is dispersed as a fine but effective spray. The design of the fire extinguisher protects the user from electric shock and the distilled water production method stops the burning materials from dispersing any further. Our water fire extinguishers are BS EN3 approved and come in 3 6 and 9 litre capacities.

2. CO2 Extinguisher

co2-fire-extinguisherCarbon dioxide fire extinguishers, also known as CO2 fire extinguishers, are the appropriate for dealing with Class B fires. Class B fires are likely  where flammable liquids and electrical hazards are used. They are often used in office premises where electrical fires are possible. Our CO2 fire extinguishers are BS EN3 approved and are available in 2KG and 5KG capacities.

3. Foam Extinguisher

foam-fire-extinguisherFoam extinguishers are suitable for both Class A and Class B fires. Class B fires are likely to be caused by flammable liquids like petrol, oil and paint, as well as wood, paper and soft furnishings. These extinguishers are available in 2, 3 and 9 capacity models and are cartridge or AFFF stored pressure operated.

4. Powder Extinguishers

powder fire extinguisher
Powder extinguishers are ideal for dealing with Class A, Class B and Class C fires. Our powder fire extinguishers are available in ABC models and purple K in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 and 12KG capacities they could well be the right option for you. In the event of high fire fighting situations, Purple K extinguishers really come into their own.

These extinguishers are suitable for electrical, chemical, oil or engine fires and are BS EN3 approved. They are also suitable for use on fires relating to flammable liquids and gases. If you work in shipping, chemical industry or where vehicle engine are present, then powder fire extinguishers is a sound choice.

5. Wet Chemical Extinguishers

wt chemical fire extinguisherWet chemical fire extinguishers are suited to Class F fires which result from oil or fat. These extinguishers come in 3, 6 and 9 litre models. A fire spray of wet chemicals is released when the squeeze grip is used, which react to form a film over the fire which both seals and cools it.

Our wet chemical extinguishers are BS EN3 approved and are a good choice for range of locations including kitchens, restaurants and other catering businesses.

6. Automatic Extinguishers

automatic-fire-extinguisherThere are certain environments where an automatic fire extinguisher is the only logical choice. For example, in offices or workplaces which are left unmanned, e.g.engine/plant rooms, switch rooms and flammable liquid stores. These extinguishers are suited to wood, fabric and paper fires and flammable and liquid gas fires.

Automatic fire extinguishers are good for delaing with Class A, Class B and Class C fire and come with 2kg capacity. And, when used correctly and serviced, they can last up to a decade. And there’s really no reason why this shouldn’t be the case.