Fires present a significant risk to businesses. It can seriously injure or even kill employees or visitors and can also damage and destroy offices, buildings, equipment and stock. Fire extinguishers are an extremely important first line of defence when putting out or containing small fires.

Therefore, it is vital your employees and staff know how to use and recognise the correct Fire Extinguisher should the worst happen.

WATER – These extinguishers contain water and compressed gas and should only be used on Class A (ordinary combustibles) fires involving wood, paper, textiles and other Class A risks.

FOAM – Simple to operate with seize and squeeze operation. Spray foam extinguishers are ideal for use against Class A and B fires. They are highly effective against petrol and volatile liquids. They form a flame smothering seal over the surface and hence also preventing re-ignition. They are ideal for multi risk usage in areas such as workshops and garages.

DRY POWDER – These extinguishers contain dry powder (Sodium Bicarbonate) and are highly effective against petrol and volatile liquids on Class A, B and C fires.  This makes them ideal for vehicle protection. A good all-rounder makes this dry powder extinguisher an excellent choice for both industrial and domestic premises.

 Carbon Dioxide (CO2) – Carbon Dioxide is a time proven clean agent. Nonconductive CO2 is particularly effective in confined areas where there is a risk from flammable liquids. Being non-toxic and leaving no residue CO2 will not harm food, fabrics, machinery or electrical. But it is hazardous in confined spaces.

Fire extinguishers need to be serviced and maintained once a year by a qualified professional. But you also need to make sure that someone in your office visually checks the fire extinguishers on a regular basis. Imagine the worst scenario. A fire breaks out in your office and the extinguisher doesn’t work or is out of date. To avoid this happening please make the following monthly checks.

  • Check the fire extinguisher is in its correct place and is not obstructed by anything and is visible to all.
  • Check the Fire Extinguisher is in date.
  • Make sure the seal around the fire extinguisher has not been damaged or broken.
  • Check there are no signs of visible damage.
  • Check the fire hose is clear of any damage.
  • Check operating instructions and still legible and facing outwards.
  • Make sure the locking pin in still intact.

Please feel free to look at our range of Fire Safety Products, Fire Extinguisher Safety Signs etc on our web site. Or call us on 01364 651860 if you are interested in purchasing Fire Extinguishers.

 

 

Published On: August 25th, 2021 / Categories: Health and Safety /