Fire extinguishers can be purchased quite cheaply online but what the web shops do not say is that any equipment must be commissioned on site. Our technicians are fully trained and ready to help your business comply to the legal requirements.
We can carry out full site surveys, supply, install and commission the correct type of extinguisher for it’s location to keep you and your premises safe. The whole range of extinguishers supplied by us are fully kitemarked by BSI and manufactured by Check Fire.
Every year we can arrange a convenient time to come and maintain your equipment, keeping you compliant with BS5306-3. All our extinguisher services come with a free small parts policy.
Fire Extinguishers fall into five main categories
Water Extinguishers – Water douses and cools the flames extinguishing any pockets of fire. Suitable for use on solid combustibles such as wood, paper, plastic and fabrics and are best suited to busy places like offices, schools and hospitals. They typically have a red label, come in various sizes and are for Class A fire types (combustible materials).
CO2 Extinguishers – Pressurised pure carbon dioxide is expelled, which suffocates the fire, this is clean and leaves no residue. Suitable for use on flammable liquid fires such as petrol, oil or solvents and are recommended for use on live electrical equipment and machinery. Best suited to modern offices , kitchens and server rooms. They typically have a black label, come in various sizes and are for Class B fire types (flammable liquids like petrol or oil).
Foam Extinguishers – Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) smothers the flames to prevent reignition. Suitable for use on flammable solids such as wood, paper and textiles as well as some flammable liquids, such as petrol, diesel, and paint.
They should not be used on kitchen fires or those with an electrical source. However, they are ideal for office, hospital, or school environments and other places where there are organic materials present. They typically have a cream label, come in various sizes and are for Class A & B fire types.
Powder Extinguishers – Dry powder extinguishers fight the fire by forming a thick barrier between the fuel and the source of oxygen. Suitable for use on flammable solids such as wood, paper, textiles, flammable liquids, such as paraffin, petrol and oil, as well as on flammable gases such as propane, butane and methane.
These should not be used in confined spaces because the powder can easily be inhaled and it leaves a residue that can be difficult to clean up. This type of extinguisher would be best suited for premises such as garage forecourts, welding facilities and commercial boiler rooms. They typically have a blue label, come in various sizes and are for Class A (combustible materials), B (flammable liquids like petrol or oil) & C (flammable gases) fire types.
Wet Chemical Extinguisher – Wet chemical extinguishers are for fires involving cooking fats and oils. They work by creating a layer of foam on the burning oil or fat, stopping the supply of oxygen so the fire isn’t fuelled any further. They are most suitable for use in restaurants, canteens and commercial kitchens. They usually have an additional class A rating. They typically have a yellow label, come in various sizes and are for Class F fire types (cooking oils and fats).