Water Fire Extinguishers
What is a Water Fire Extinguisher?
If you are a business owner, it is important to be prepared for any type of fire emergency. That’s why it is crucial to choose the right fire extinguisher for your business. But how do water fire extinguishers work, and can they be used on electrical fires?
On this page, we will answer the following:
- How do water fire extinguishers work?
- What colour is a water fire extinguisher?
- Can water extinguishers be used on electrical fires?
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Everything to Know About Water Fire 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.
How do Water Fire Extinguishers Work?
Also known as a Class A extinguisher, water fire extinguishers work by cooling the fire to the point where it can no longer sustain itself. The water does this by taking away the heat that is necessary for the fire to continue burning.
Without this heat, the fire will eventually go out on its own. This is why it is important to aim the nozzle of a water extinguisher at the base of the fire. This is where the heat is coming from and where the water will have the most effect.
What Colour is a Water Fire Extinguisher?
The water extinguisher is entirely red with white writing on the cylinder.
Can Water Extinguishers be Used on Electrical Fires?
The short answer is no; water and electricity do not mix. Never try to put out an electrical fire with water, as this could spread the flames, cause potential electrocution and put you and others in danger.
The standard water unit expels in a single jet that can then conduct along the stream. There are some water extinguishers on the market that claim to be safe to use on electrical fires, however, we would advise that whether it is the jet application or the water left standing on the floor, a conductivity issue is present.
Do I Need Fire Extinguishers for my Business?
Any business with 5 or more employee’s needs a Fire Risk Assessment completing 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. They’ll be able to advise you on what you need to protect your business.
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