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Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguisher installation and servicing in Devon and Cornwall

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Our skilled engineers are equipped to provide, install, and commission a variety of fire extinguishers tailored to your business’s specific needs, following the guidance of fire safety risk assessors. Standard with all our extinguishers is the Unique guarantee, offering peace of mind and presenting some of the best-packaged Fire Extinguishers for businesses in Devon and Cornwall.

In accordance with the Fire Safety Order 2005 regulations, the responsible person within a business is authorized to take reasonable measures to minimize the fire risk and ensure the implementation of fire protection measures for safe evacuation in case of a fire.

The regulation emphasizes the installation of fire extinguishers, emphasizing their critical role alongside early fire detection systems like our Business Fire Alarm System. All fire extinguishers supplied by Unique are clearly marked and easily readable, indicating the type of fire they are suitable for. This ensures the safe and efficient handling of small fires in the event of an emergency.

Types of Fire Extinguishers

When it comes to early fire protection, fire extinguishers play a crucial role in halting the spread of fires in their initial stages. However, it’s essential to be aware of the different types of fire extinguishers designed for use on specific types of fires. Using the incorrect fire extinguisher can pose serious risks of injury and worsen the damage caused by the fire.

In situations of uncertainty, it’s advisable to seek assistance from your fire warden promptly. Nonetheless, having knowledge of the various types of fire extinguishers can aid in making quick decisions when required. To ensure peace of mind, it’s recommended to maintain an up-to-date Fire Risk Assessment.

In the UK, extinguishers are colour-coded, with visible labels on their tops. Understanding these colour codes is not only crucial for your safety but also helps convey this information to those unfamiliar with the subject.

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A list of the different types of fire extinguishers available in the UK:

Water is labelled RED

Water fire extinguishers are all red in colour and are used for tackling fires that are burning freely involving paper, wood, textiles and other solid materials, ideal for office, retail shop or warehouse environments. Water fire extinguishers should not be used on electrical fires, as water conducts the electricity, which could cause an electric shock to the user. These types of extinguishers aren’t suitable for fires involving flammable liquids, gases or cooking oil fires in kitchen environments.

Foam is labelled CREAM

Foam fire extinguishers are also suitable for different types of fires and are recommended for use, particularly in factories, petrol stations and hotels. The foam produced is used to smother the fire and starve it of oxygen, thus extinguishing the flames. These are ideal for use on wood, paper, textiles and liquid fires. Although they are safe to use on electrical equipment it will cause considerable irreversible damage to the appliances. They are also unsuitable for use on flammable gases and cooking fires with oil and grease in the kitchen.

Powder is labelled BLUE

Powder fire extinguishers can have a wide array of uses and are arguably the most versatile out of all of them. User powder extinguishers on wood, paper, textiles, liquid and electrical fires, so are useful in chemical fires and also vehicles. The powder inside the extinguisher halts the chemical reactions in fires that would otherwise spread, with that being said, it’s not for small spaces like water would be as inhaling the powder is dangerous.

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is labelled BLACK

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) fire extinguishers come with a high risk associated with the user if operated incorrectly, caution is always recommended. Improper use may result in skin burns from long contact with the horn of the extinguisher, so avoid holding by this point. Naturally, they also reduce the oxygen supply within a room, which helps starve the fire but will make it difficult to breathe in smaller rooms.

CO2 fire extinguishers are effective on electrical fires and flammable liquids including petrol, although ineffective against fires involving wood, paper, textiles, gases and cooking fires within a kitchen. They are best recommended for use in offices, shops, schools and other indoor environments, where there is electrical equipment present.

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Wet Chemical is labelled YELLOW

Wet Chemical fire extinguishers are also potentially dangerous to the user’s safety, as they can produce toxic fumes which can linger for a while, even after the fire has been put out. After usage indoors, open windows and doors if possible to make sure the area is well ventilated.

The chemical spray released by the extinguisher works by starting a chemical reaction that combines the discharge with the cooking fat or oil, to form a cake of soap like emulsion which cools the fire. These extinguishers are probably the type best suited to fires in the kitchen and are essential for restaurants. They are also suitable for fighting fires involving wood, paper and textiles although not suited for use on flammable liquids, gases and metals.

Extinguisher Maintenance

Yearly fire extinguisher servicing and maintenance are imperative, aligning with the new fire safety order. In adherence to the British Standard Code of Practice BS 5306 Part 3, it is mandated that fire extinguisher servicing is conducted annually, at the very least, to guarantee the safety and functionality of extinguishers in emergency situations.

Although fire extinguishers used by businesses in Devon and Cornwall offer reliable fire protection for many years, regular annual service by an accredited engineer remains a necessity. Our skilled engineers are available for routine visits, ensuring your equipment is consistently prepared for critical moments. Moreover, they are ready to provide guidance on any other fire safety concerns you may have.

Explore more about Fire Extinguisher Maintenance for detailed information on servicing and repairs.

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