Fire Extinguishers are an essential element of fire protection for commercial and private buildings and vehicles.
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To ensure that the correct type of extinguishers are specified and installed a fire risk assessment should ideally be carried out. The fire extinguisher has improved hugely in recent years and, with many important developments in extinguishants, there is a type now available for virtually any fire situation, whether it be from Chubb fire extinguishers or from us. A monthly visual inspection should be done in-house and recorded in a Fire Log Book and a BAFE approved extinguisher technician should perform a maintenance service to BS 5306 part 3 once a year (or more if necessary).
There are different types of fire extinguishers that are available to purchase including water, dry powder, foam, wet chemical and carbon dioxide. Each type of extinguisher is classified and identified according to the type of fire that it will put out. It is essential that the correct type of fire extinguisher is selected for the type of fire that it will need to extinguish.
Always remember that staff should be trained in the safe use of fire extinguishers. Fire extinguishers are pressurised containers and should always be handled with caution. Fire extinguishers are divided into four categories, based on different types of fires. Each fire extinguisher also has a numerical rating that serves as a guide for the amount of fire the extinguisher can handle. The higher the number, the more fire-fighting power.
Before you need to use a fire extinguisher read the label to make sure you fully understand the type of fire extinguisher it is. Also the type of fires it is appropriate and safe to use on. Water and foam based extinguishers should not be used on fires involving an electrical hazard, unless the power supply has been isolated, this is because the operator may receive a fatal electric shock. Before you can operate most extinguishers you are required to remove the safety pin, the only exceptions are hose reels, fire blankets and fire buckets. With hose reels you may have open a water valve before it can be used. Make sure before you tackle a fire you are between the fire and exit or escape route.
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