In the majority of premises fire extinguishers are provided as a means of extinguishing a fire whilst in its early stages. It is important that extinguishers are properly sited, easily identified and always ready for use in a fire situation. We are able to supply, install and maintain all types of portable extinguishers, hose reels, fire blankets and associated equipment.
Water fire extinguisher – use on class A fires. Do not use on live electrical equipment, or burning liquid
All fire extinguishers should be maintained annually. In addition, every 5 years fire extinguishers should be discharge tested and re-filled. In addition, carbon dioxide extinguishers should be discharge tested and re-filled every 10 years, and then every 5 years subsequently.
Hose reels should be subjected to regular monthly inspections to ensure that the inlet valve, glands, tubing and jet/spray nozzle are sound and free from leaks. If booster pumps are installed, these should be checked for correct operation. Once a year the hoses should be run out and be subjected to operational pressure test. A flow test should be carried out to ensure that a discharge of 24 litres per minute is achieved with a throw of 6 metres.
Fire blankets should be inspected annually.
Fires involving freely burning materials, for example wood, paper, textiles and other carbonaceous materials.
Water, Foam, ABC Dry Powder and Wet Chemical Extinguishers. Extinguishers with white, yellow or blue labels.
Fires involving flammable liquids. For example petrol, diesel, solvents, lubricants and spirits. Not alcohol or cooking oil.
Appropriate Extinguishers: Foam, ABC Dry Powder, Monnex Dry Powder and CO² Gas Extinguishers. Extinguishers with yellow, blue (not L2 or M28 Powder) or black labels.
Fires involving flammable gases. For example butane and propane.
ABC Powder and Monnex Dry Powder Extinguishers. Extinguishers with blue labels (not L2 or M28 Powder).
Fires involving flammable metals. For example sodium, lithium, magnesium and aluminium when in the form of swarf or powder.
L2 Powder and M28 Powder Extinguishers (M28 Powder does not cover lithium). Extinguishers with blue labels (not ABC or Monnex Dry Powders).
Fires involving electrical equipment. For example photocopiers, fax machines and computers.
ABC Powder, Monnex Dry Powder and CO² Gas Extinguishers. Extinguishers with blue (not L2 or M28 Powder) or black labels.
Fires involving cooking oil and fat. For example olive oil, maize oil, sunflower oil, lard and butter.
Wet Chemical Extinguishers. Extinguishers with yellow labels.