Foam Fire Extinguishers
What is a Foam Fire Extinguisher?
Extremely prevalent, foam fire extinguishers are found in both domestic and business premises.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five fire-related deaths occur in domestic premises. In addition, house fires claim the lives of over 200 people each year in the UK. The good news is that most fires are preventable.
This comprehensive guide will discuss everything you need to know about foam fire extinguishers. We will cover what they are used for, how they work and the different types available on the market today.
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frequently asked questions
Everything to Know About Foam Extinguishers
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.
Do I Need Fire Extinguishers For My Business?
Any business with 5 or more employees needs a Fire Risk Assessment completed by law. Your fire risk assessment will outline the types of extinguishers your business needs depending on the potential risks.
If you’re still unsure book a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our Fire Protection Consultants. We’ll be able to advise you on what you need to protect your business.
What is a Foam Fire Extinguisher Used for?
Foam as an extinguishing agent is extremely versatile, low cost and more commonly used on Class A and B type flames. This multifaceted extinguisher is perfect for use on solid combustibles and liquid fires.
How to Use a Foam Fire Extinguisher
Solid combustibles: When you are fighting a fire that is made out of solid materials, like wood or paper, for example, aim the nozzle at the base of the flame and then cover the area until the flame has died out.
Liquid combustibles: When faced with a liquid-fuelled fire, aim the extinguishing agent on the edges and work from the outside in. Cover as much of it until completely suppressed to prevent further damage or injury.
What Colour is a Foam Fire Extinguisher?
Red bodied with a cream coloured band spanning 5-10% of the extinguisher cannister according to BS EN3 standards.
How Does a Foam Fire Extinguisher Work?
Foam extinguishers act by smothering the fire with a thick, cool layer of foam which causes asphyxiation. Once the flame is starved of oxygen, it can no longer burn and therefore, causes the fire to dissipate.
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Foam Fire Extinguisher Types
The main type of foam fire extinguisher is AFFF. AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foam) is a non-toxic foam that will not damage most materials. This foam is made up of water and hydrocarbon-based surfactants, which create a barrier between the oxygen and fuel.
Hydrocarbon-based surfactants include sodium alkyl sulfate and fluorosurfactants such as fluorotelomers, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), or perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).
Who are Foam Fire Extinguishers Sold to?
Foam fire extinguishers are most often used in commercial and industrial settings, such as office buildings, factories, and warehouses. They are also commonly found in vehicles, such as buses, trucks, and cars.
Foam fire extinguishers are less common in residences, but they may be used in some home garages or workshop areas. The main reason that foam fire extinguishers are not as common in homes is that they require more maintenance than other types of fire extinguishers. For example, foam fire extinguishers must be serviced every six months to ensure that they are effective.
As a result, they are typically only sold to businesses and individuals who have a need for them.
The Ultimate Foam Extinguisher: Hydrex Plus- 3L Multifoam
The new 3-litre Hydrex Plus Multi foam is our fire extinguisher of choice at OHEAP Fire & Security. With its enhanced classification coverage, the Multifoam can be used in almost every business environment.
The compact size and design along with its A, B & F ratings gives compliant coverage along with an easy-to-handle extinguisher.
- Kitemarked to BSEN3
- 10-year exclusive warranty
- Maximum weight of 5.5kg
- Wall mounting bracket supplied
- Fits easily into our modular stands
- Multi rated risks: 13A, 70B, 40F
- CE Approved
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