What is a Fire Extinguisher?
A fire extinguisher is a portable device that can be used to control or put out small fires in emergency situations. Generally, extinguishers are found in almost every commercial setting. Coupled with domestic premises, we also find extinguishers in general fire escape areas and higher-risk areas.
Fire extinguishers are now almost always stored in pressure containers. This means that the cylinder is filled with the necessary extinguishing agent and then pressurised. The pressure is shown via the gauge on the headset.
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Types of Fire Extinguisher
A change to a European standard some years ago, meant that almost all units are predominantly red with 5% being coloured to identify the type of extinguisher.
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There are no stupid questions when it comes to protecting your business. Obviously, if you can’t find the answer to your question get in touch and talk to one of our specialist consultants.
What Are the Main Types of Fire Extinguisher?
There are five main fire extinguisher types:
- Foam: Suitable for Class A and B fires. Limited electrical clearance
- CO₂: Suitable for Class B and fires involving electrical items.
- Dry Powder: Suitable for Class A, B, C and electrical equipment
- Wet Chemical: Suitable for Class A and F fires
- Water: Suitable for Class A fires
What are the Main Classifications of Fire?
As per the above, different types of extinguishers cover varying fires. In addition, extinguishers are assigned letters that denote what the classification is. Such as:
A Class: Carbonous materials e.g. wood, paper or cloth.
B Class: Flammable liquids e.g. petrol, liquefiable solids, wax or melting plastics.
C Class: Flammable gasses, propane, butane, methane etc.
D Class: Specialist powders for flammable metals e.g. potassium.
F Class: Flammable fats, cooking oils and chip fryers.
Electrical risk: Faulty outlets, outdated appliances, poor wiring etc.
How Often Should a Fire Extinguisher be Checked?
Ensure your fire extinguisher is always ready when you need it by checking it regularly. In addition, monthly in-house checks should be conducted. We ensure that it is sited correctly, still has an anti-tamper device fitted and any gauge is reading correctly, is carried out and recorded.
All extinguishers require servicing by a professional company, e.g. OHEAP, once per year. Each extinguishing unit is tested in line with the current British Standards (5306) and certificated. Due to rigorous testing, extinguishers will be proven as compliant. With attention to BSI certification and third-party accreditation.
Finally, BAFE engineers are aware of all of the requirements necessary to meet compliance.
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In line with the below British Standard and in line with the Regulatory reform act (2005) regarding Fire risk assessments, extinguishers require certification annually. One of our certificated engineers will attend site and carry out this service and advise on compliance.
An annual fire extinguisher service is required by law under the Regulatory Reform Act (2005). One of our trained engineers will visit your premises on a day of your choosing to thoroughly inspect your extinguishers and ensure they will work correctly in the event of a fire.
After five years, to comply with British Standard 5306, all fire extinguishers except CO2 extinguishers must have an extended service or be replaced. Unlike most companies we are licensed to carry out extended servicing rather than simply replace the extinguishers at additional cost to you.
A fire extinguisher service shouldn’t disrupt your companies working day. That’s why we take every effort to work around you. We’ll book your service in for time that suits you and our engineers will work throughout your premises with minimal disruption to your staff and customers.
Over the last 50 years we’ve worked with the best manufacturers of fire extinguishers across world, creating a range of top quality products that will work when you need them most. We’re so confident in our range that we offer a 10 year guarantee.
At OHEAP Fire & Security we’re big believers in sharing knowledge. Equipping our clients with useful information is an important part of our strategy to educate our clients on how to protect their business.
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