How to know which fire extinguisher to use

fire extinguisherIt’s important to know which type of fire extinguisher to use for different types of fires to have the most effective solution to put out a fire, and to be sure it doesn’t make it worse.

Powder Fire Extinguisher

If your fire risk is Flammable Liquids: Petrol, Oil, Fats, Paints etc, then Carbon Dioxide, AFF Foam & ABC Powder extinguishers are most effective. Powder extinguishers are suitable for use on Class A, B and Class C fires involving flammable gases such as propane and butane. Powder is also highly effective for electrical hazards. This multi-purpose powder interferes with the combustion process and provides rapid fire knock down.

Foam Fire Extinguisher

Foam spray extinguishers (AFFF-Aqueous Film Forming Foam) are ideal for multi-risk situations where both Class A combustible materials and Class B flammable liquid risks are likely to be found, or where Class B represents a direct hazard. Foam spray extinguishers are especially suitable for Class B fires involving flammable liquids such as oils, spirits, fats and certain plastics.

The blanketing effect of foam spray gives rapid knock down which smothers the flame, thus preventing the re-ignition of flammable vapours by sealing the surface of the solution.

Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguisher

Carbon dioxide extinguishers are suitable for fires involving flammable liquids and electrical hazards. The non-corrosive and non-conductive qualities of CO2 make it an ideal choice for dealing with fires involving electrical equipment and machinery. The carbon dioxide we use is a recovered industrial bi-product, thereby reducing the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.

We continually try to develop and improve the products offered, an example of which is our 2kg carbon dioxide extinguisher discharge horn. Traditional horns have the potential to cause frostbite to the operators hand if used incorrectly whilst discharging the extinguisher. The new Firemark carbon dioxide horn has been designed to alleviate this effect and has a patented design that improves the fire rating of a 2kg model from 34B to 55B, a 61% increase in performance.

Water Fire Extinguisher

Water extinguishers are suitable for Class A fires involving combustible materials such as wood, paper and textiles. Water is a fast and efficient means of extinguishing these materials as it gives a rapid cooling effect. As a result, insufficient heat remains to sustain burning and continuous ignition ceases.

Water additive extinguishers use an environmentally friendly additive that greatly enhances the performance against Class A fires.

If you work in an an environment where several types of fires are a possible occurrence, you should have each type on hand. You can shop our range of fire equipment here.