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Types of Fire Extinguisher

Fires can only be tackled safely if the right equipment is used. Using an incorrect extinguisher on a fire can spread the fire or even cause an explosion. In this section, you will find details of the types of fires you may encounter and which extinguishers are the correct ones to use. Fires can only be tackled safely if the right equipment is used.

Overview of Fire Extinguishers

WaterClass A
FoamClass A and Class B
PowderClass A, B & C
Special MetalClass D
Wet ChemicalClass F

Which Fire Extinguishers are Right for my Premises?

The type of fire extinguishers you require will depend on what type of premises you have and what type of work takes place there. Below are some common premises and types of fires which could potentially strike…

Premises such as Offices and Warehouses

The majority of premises will require a water or foam extinguisher as Class A and Class B fire risks are in most buildings. These fire extinguishers should be coupled with a special risk fire extinguisher such as CO2 for electrical fires. Most offices and warehouses have kitchens or canteens and these should have a powder fire extinguisher and fire blanket installed to combat Class C fires. All fire equipment should be installed in the correct positions to cover the appropriate area and fitted by a fire safety expert.

Premises such as Factories, Schools, Chemical Plants and Petrol Stations

For premises that have different fire risks like chemicals, metals, flammable gas and oils then additional extinguishers are required. Foam, water and CO2 are required plus additional and larger extinguishers are also necessary for these buildings. Large kitchens for example will require larger powder extinguishers and wet chemical extinguishers as a minimum.

In all circumstances we highly recommend you contact our fire safety experts to determine your requirements.

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