A few of our frequently asked fire safety questions!

Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart Frequently Asked Fire Safety Questions

Here we will answer some of the most commonly asked fire safety related questions but if you can’t find the question and answer that you are looking for then please feel free to contact us by email: info@firemart.co.uk

Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart How much does shipping cost with Firemart?

If you choose our standard 2-5 day delivery then nothing! All orders for our great range of products including fire extinguishers include FREE DELIVERY on all orders to UK mainland addresses. We also have lots of options if you need to your order faster or if you live outside of mainland UK. See our shipping pages for further information.

Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart How do I know how many and what fire extinguisher types I need?

If you are purchasing for business and work premises then you should have a Fire Risk Assessment conducted on your premises in line with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The Fire Risk Assessment will identify the types and number of fire extinguishers that you require. Please see below for more information on Fire Risk Assessments and the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety order.

Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart What are the different fire extinguisher types?




 







TYPE A: Type A fire extinguishers are WATER fire extinguishers and they fight solids e.g. paper, wood, upholstery and materials etc. Water fire extinguishers work by cooling a fire and removing heat. Water fire extinguishers have a RED band on the label to indicate their type and use. Most water fire extinguishers are just filled with plain old H2Oand therefore have quite a low firefighting capability when compared with water additive fire extinguishers that contain special additives to improve their firefighting capabilities. Many water fire extinguishers are NOT suitable to be used on fires involving electricity unless they have passed the electrical KV test (see below)

TYPE A, B: AFFF Foam fire extinguishers fight type A and B fires e.g. paper, wood, upholstery and materials (Type A) plus flammable liquids (Type B). The Type A agent works by cooling a fire and removing heat and the Type B Agent work by forming a film over the surface of the fire and cutting off the oxygen. Foam fire extinguishers can be referred to as AFFF (aqueous film forming foam) but if you see the name AFFF then this is the same as Foam fire extinguishers. Foam fire extinguishers have a CREAM band on the label to indicate their type and use.

TYPE B ELECTRICAL: Carbon Dioxide or CO2 fire extinguishers fight Type B fires which are flammable liquids. They are also safe to use on electrical fires. Carbon Dioxide Type B fire extinguishers work by removing oxygen and therefore extinguishing the fire. Carbon Dioxide fire extinguisher are an asphyxiant and should NOT be used in confined spaces. Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers contain only pressurised carbon dioxide therefore they do leave a residue when they are used making them good for fires involving electrical equipment. The carbon dioxide hat is realised from an extinguisher when it is used will be VERY COLD and may cause burning to the fingers/hands if the horn of the fire extinguisher is not a frost-free double-skinned horn. Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers have a BLACK band on the label to indicate their type and use.

TYPE F: Wet Chemical or F-Class fire extinguishers are designed to fight kitchen and cooking oil and fat fires. Wet chemical fire extinguishers are the ONLY fire extinguishers that will effectively extinguisher cooking oil and fat fires. Most Class F fire extinguishers will also fight Class A fires and some will also have a Class B fire rating (these are sometimes called ABF fire extinguishers). Wet chemical fire extinguishers have a CANARY YELLOW band on the label to indicate their type and use.

Type A, B, C & Electrical: Powder is a multi-purpose extinguisher that will fight Type A, B and C fires. It will fight flammable liquids, flammable gasses, solids AND electrical fires. Powder fire extinguishers are very popular as they have very good firefighting capabilities and can be used on electrical fires. Powder fire extinguishers will leave behind a powder residue and they can also cause limitations to vision when used in confined space so they are not always recommended for indoor use. Once deployed the powder can be very difficult to clean up and may harm electrical equipment as well as becoming absorbed into carpets and other soft furnishings. Powder fire extinguishers have a BLUE band on the label to indicate their type and use.

Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart How do I know where to locate fire extinguishers?

When you are placing fire extinguishers it is always important to ensure that they are:

  • In the correct location
  • That servicing is up to date and has been carried out by a trained fire extinguisher engineer
  • That the label is clearly legible
  • That fire extinguishers can be easily accessed in a fire safety emergency
  • That they are located at the correct height You will normally find that fire extinguishers are located along exit routes and corridors and near doorways and staircases. Generally speaking, people should not have to walk for a distance of more than 30metres to find the nearest fire extinguisher.

    All fire extinguishers from Firemart are supplied complete with wall-mounting brackets meaning that they can be quickly and easily wall mounted. If the wall on which they are to be mounted on is not particularly strong then you may wish to use fire extinguisher boards. If the fire extinguisher is larger than 4kg in size then the fire extinguisher handle should be located 1 metre from the found. For smaller units (including 2kg carbon dioxide fire extinguishers) then the fire extinguisher should be mounted 1.5 metres from the ground. If you need to have two fire extinguisher located side by side then mount them both at the same height using the largest fire extinguisher as the height.

    If a fire extinguisher cannot be wall mounted then it should be located of a fire extinguisher stand. Here at Firemart we offer a huge selection of fire extinguisher stands including single and double, red and grey as well as metal tube stands in red, black and chrome.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart What are the main differences between stored pressure and cartridge operated fire extinguishers?

    Stored pressure fire extinguishers contain the fire extinguishant (e.g. water, foam, powder) under pressure. Stored pressure fire extinguishers are pressurised normally using CO2 or nitrogen. Stored pressure fire extinguishers will often have a pressure gauge that will indicate if the fire extinguishers needs attention (if the pressure gauge is in the red zone) or is safe to use (if the pressure gauge is in the green zone).

    Cartridge operated fire extinguishers also contain the fire extinguishant but they are not pressurised. They contain a small cartridge that is engaged when the fire extinguisher is activated and used therefore only pressurising the fire extinguisher when it is to be used. Cartridge fie extinguishers and stored pressure do exactly the same job and the majority of fire extinguishers that are for sale in the UK are stored pressure as they are cheaper. For fire extinguisher engineers, cartridge operated fire extinguishers are easier than stored pressure to service and refill.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart Fire Safety facts and figures

    In today’s world we are thrown facts and figures at an alarming rate but here are some fire safety facts and figures that are taken form the official Home Office Document ‘Fire Statistics England 2014/2016’, published in June 2016:

  • Around 496,000 fie related incident were attended to by fire and rescues services in England in 2014/2015. This is a significantly smaller figures than incident attended in 2003/2004 when the figure was around 1,016,000. Of the incident attended in 2014/2015, approximately 155,000 were fire-related and 31,300 were dwelling fire incidents.
  • 36% of deaths in accidental dwelling firs in 2014-2015 were caused by smokers’ materials. For every million people living in England there were 4.8 fire related fatalities in 2014-2015.
  • 46% of all fires in England in 2014-2015 occurred between 4pm and 10pm with the peak of fires being between 7pm and 8pm.
  • For fatalities caused by fire in England in 2014-2015, 41% of people were aged 65 and over.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart Can fire extinguishers be refilled?

    Yes AFFF foam ,powder, water and wet chemical fire extinguishers are all designed to be refillable. In line with British Standard 5306 then fire extinguishers will be test discharged and refilled every five years. Remembering that it may be cheaper to buy new fire extinguishers online rather than refilling. This is particularly true with the smaller 1/2ltr and 1/2kg models.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart What are the best fire extinguishers to be used on fat fires

    The ONLY type of fire extinguishers that are suitable for extinguishing fat fires are wet chemical f-class fire extinguishers as these are the only fire extinguisher type that offer protection against Class F fire risks.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart What sort of fire extinguishers do I need in vehicles?

    For cars, a small powder fire extinguisher (1kg or 2kg) is ideal as these combat Class A, B and C fires and are small and neat to be stored inside your vehicle easily. Here at Firemart, we also offer a wide range of car fire equipment including fire extinguishers and first aid kits.

    For vans, powder fire extinguishers are also recommended.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart Do I need to provide fire extinguisher signs above fire extinguishers?

    All Firemart fire extinguishers are supplied complete with a label that includes instructions on how to use the fire extinguishers. However, fire extinguisher ID signage that is placed above the fire extinguisher (on the wall or stand) is also recommended. Photo luminescent (glow in the dark) fire extinguisher ID signage is ideal as this can help people to locate fire extinguishers in the event of a fire safety emergency or power cut.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart What fire extinguisher types do I need in my home?

    We offer great value Powder fire extinguishers (1kg or 2kg) that tackle Class A, B and C fires and can be used on electrical fires or foam fire extinguishers (1ltr or 2ltr) that tackle Class A and B fire risks are ideal for use in the home as they are small and easy to use. Powder fire extinguishers can create a mess but they can be used on electrical fires. Foam fire extinguishers are liquid and should not be used to fight electrical fires. For further information on the different type of fire risks and fire extinguishers, visit our extinguisher advicesection

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart Can I refill a fire extinguisher myself?

    No. Fire extinguishers should only be refilled and serviced by a trained, competent fire extinguisher engineer.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart Can all fire extinguisher types be refilled?

    After use or accidental discharge most fire extinguishers can be refilled by a trained technician. However with the great prices that Firemart offers across our wide range of fire extinguishers then it may be cheaper to buy a new fire extinguisher.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart What makes your fire extinguishers so cheap?

    Rather than saying that we sell cheap fire extinguishers, we would rather say that they are offer good value for money! We work hard with our supply chain to offer our customers the very best products at the very best prices. We often review our prices to ensure that we offer the very best value for money . We also offer FREE P&P on all orders to UK mainland delivery address on a standard service so there aren’t any hidden costs either then you order from Firemart. We want to offer you the very best service so most orders that are received Monday to Friday before 2pm will be shipped the same day. You can always select next working day delivery if the order is urgent. Please let us know of any specific delivery requirements when placing you order.

    We are a 100% online company and therefore we don’t have the large overheads of some other companies meaning that we can pass the savings directly onto you our customers. We are one of the UK’s leading fire safety products suppliers and we offer one of the largest ranges of fire extinguishersincluding all fire extinguisher types and all fire extinguisher colours. What’s more, we offer hundreds of other products including fire extinguisher standsand all of our fire extinguishers are supplied complete with a wall bracket for quick and easy wall mounting.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, FiremartWhat approvals do Firemart fire extinguishers offer?

    All Firemart fire extinguishers offer the very best fire ratings meaning that they will confidently extinguish all fire risks. Our fire extinguishers also offer CE approval with many models being BS EN3 Kitemarked fire extinguishers. You can find further information on fire extinguisher approvals on the individual product pages of our website.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, FiremartAre all of your fire extinguishers and fire safety products new?

    Absolutely! All fire extinguishers and fire safety products supplied by Firemart are 100% new. Products will normally be supplied in the original manufacturer’s packaging/box. All of our fire extinguishers also have the DATE OF MANUFACTURE stamped on the fire extinguisher cylinder so that you can see the month and year that they have been manufactured.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart What is the best fire extinguisher type for an electrical fire?

    Carbon Dioxide and ABC Multi-purpose powder fire extinguishers are both ideal for fighting electrical fires. Please note that powder fire extinguisher will leave a residue so if you may need to use a fire extinguisher on expensive electrical equipment then a CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) fire extinguisher may be best. Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers are often used in computer rooms or you may consider one of Firemart’s clean agent gas automatic fire extinguishers that are available in a range of handy sizes.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart Can I use foam, wet chemical and water fire extinguishers on electrical fire risks?

    Generally no as water-based products don’t mx very well with electricity! However, some water, foam and wet chemical fire extinguishers will be fitted with a special spray nozzle and they will have been tested for use in the vicinity of electrical equipment. They will have passed the 35KV dialectrical tests to ensure that they conform with BS EN 3-7:2004. They should NOT be used to fight electrical fires but if a fire extinguisher is being used in the vicinity of electrical equipment the user will not be harmed (up to 1,000 volts at a distance of 1 metre). If water, foam and wet chemical fire extinguishers have passed the 35KV test then this will normally be indicated on the fire extinguisher label.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart Do fire extinguishers need to be serviced?

    Yes, where fire extinguishers are used in non-domestic (i.e. business premises, offices etc) then they must be serviced each year. This is known as a ‘basic’ fire extinguisher service. Fire extinguisher servicing should be carried out only by trained fire extinguisher engineers.

    CO2 (carbon dioxide) fire extinguishers need to have a basic service every twelve months and then after ten years they should have be overhauled. The overhaul service will mean that your fire extinguisher technician may remove your fire extinguisher from service and replace it at the same time with one that has been tested. Your extinguisher will then, in turn, be placed in someone else’s premises once it has been tested. The 10 year test includes a fire extinguisher being hydraulically testes, re-filled, sealed and painted. The fire extinguisher will also be stamped with the current year date and can be put back into service for another ten years.

    All other fire extinguisher types (water, foam, powder and wet chemical) have a twenty year lifespan. These fire extinguisher types require a basic service every twelve months and they will require any extended service every five years (in addition to the basic annual service). At each extended service, the fire extinguisher will be emptied completely, inspected internally, refilled, sealed and re-pressurised and then returned to service. The extended service will normally be carried out by a fire extinguisher technician ion site and your fire extinguishers will not be removed from your premises. With our low fire extinguisher prices then it may be cheaper and more cost effective to buy new fire extinguishers rather the extended service.

    At the time of the basic service the fire extinguisher engineer will check and/or change certain parts of the fire extinguisher including:

  • The coloured tamper seal: the tamper seal holds the safety pin in place and shows that the pin has not been removed. Normally the tamper seal is coloured and this will be changed each year for a new colour by the service engineer and this acts as quick and easy visual confirmation for users that the fire extinguisher has been serviced
  • The engineer will check the body of the fire extinguisher to ensure that it hasn’t been damaged. Damage may include a dent or corrosion etc. If the fire extinguisher is damaged then the engineer will arrange to replace it.
  • The engineer will check that the fire extinguisher label is still in place and legible as it is vital that people are able to read the operating instructions for a fire extinguisher in the event of an emergency.
  • The engineer will also check that any fire extinguisher ID signs are in place and correct.
  • Most stored pressure water, foam (AFFF), powder and wet chemical fire extinguishers feature a pressure gauge. The engineer will check that the pressure gauge is in the green zone and the extinguisher is therefore pressurised correctly. The engineer will also remove the gauge and independently check the pressure of the fire extinguisher. If the gauge is faulty then this can be replaced. If the fire extinguisher pressure is not correct then the fire engineer may replace the fire extinguisher as it may not function correctly in the event of a fire safety emergency.
  • Water, AFFF Foam, Powder and Wet Chemical fire extinguishers over 3ltr/kg in size will feature a flexible hose that will allow the user to direct the fire extinguishant in the direction of a fire. Smaller AFFF Foam and Powder extinguishers feature a nozzle and 2kg carbon dioxide fire extinguishers feature a plastic hose and 5kg carbon dioxide a hose and horn. The fire extinguisher will check that these items are i working order and are not corroded or will leak when used.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart How can I keep safe in my home?

    It is always important to have smoke alarms installed on every separate floors of you home and to make sure that these are tested regularly and that you replace the batteries on a regular basis as well. Each year people die from fires in the home and the chances of fatality increase greatly if there aren’t any working smoke alarms in the property. You may also wish to have a small fire extinguisher in your house as well as a fire blanket. We have a number of recommended home fire equipment

    products that are available here at Firemart.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart Can you tell me more about fire safety in the workplace?

    In England and Wales (there are different rules for Scotland), you will be responsible for fire safety in business and non-domestic premises if you are an employer, the business owner, the landlord, an occupier or someone else who controls premises such as a building or facilities manager. The legislation that governs fire safety in non-domestic premises is known as The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. This is also applicable to places where there is sleeping accommodation for paying guests such as hotels and guesthouses etc.

    The person who is responsible for fire safety is known as the ‘responsible person’. As the responsible person you must:

  • carry out or ensure that a fire risk assessment is carried out for the premises and that this is written down. The fire risk assessment must be regularly reviewed
  • provide fire safety training to staff and give them fire safety information
  • have an emergency plan in place
  • put into place fire safety measures and ensure that they are maintained
  • inform staff and of the identified risks

    Non-domestic premises include all workplaces and commercial premises such as offices etc, any properties that the public have access to such as hotels etc., the common areas of residential buildings e.g. the staircases and hallways of shared blocks of flats etc.

    If there are several occupants of the same building then there may more than one person who is responsible for fire safety and all of the responsible persons must share fire safety information to ensure the safety of all building occupants and users.

    Fire safety plans, fire risk assessments and fire safety training should all be updated on a regular basis. If the premises are extended or changed or their usage changes then it may be necessary to review sooner than planned.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart What problems do I need to look out for with fire extinguishers?

    For fire extinguishers that are used in business/commercial and non-domestic premises then it’s important to ensure that fire extinguishers are maintained at least once per year by a trained fire extinguisher engineer. If there are any problems with your fire extinguishers then the engineer will identify these at the time of the service.

    In compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, many businesses also carry out a visual check on their fire safety equipment each month to check that it is in good working order. As part of the monthly visual inspection then the BS5306: 3 code of practice lists the following that should be carried out:

  • each extinguisher is correctly located in the designated place;
  • each extinguisher is unobstructed and visible;
  • the operating instructions of each extinguisher are clean and legible and face outwards;
  • each extinguisher has not been operated and is not obviously damaged or has any missing parts;
  • the reading of any pressure gauge or indicator fitted to an extinguisher is within operational and safety limits;
  • the seals and tamper indicators of each extinguisher are not broken or missing.

    If your fire extinguishr is dinted then you should ask a fire engineer to look at it and they will determine if the fire extinguisher is suitable for use or if its needs to be replaced. If the handle is bent then this may prevent the fire extinguisher from being operated correctly in the event of an emergency. A fire extinguisher engineer shoudl be able to replace the fire extinguisher handle for you. If any of your fire extinguishers have lost their coloured tamper tag then a visit from a fire extinguisher engineer will determine if the fire extinguisher is still in good working order. They will also be able to replace the tamper tag.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart What should I do if the pressure gauge is showing that the fire extinguisher is over/under pressure?

    Many (but not all) water, powder, AFFF foam and wet chemical fire extinguisher feature a pressure gauge. If the pressure gauge is showing that the fire extinguisher is in the GREEN zone then it is okay and pressurised correctly. If the pressure is too low or too high then the needle of gauge will be in the RED zone and you should contact you fire extinguisher engineer to examine the fire extinguisher immediately. Please note that CO2 carbon dioxide fire extinguisher do NOT have pressure gauges.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart Can water, AFFF Foam and Wet Chemical fire extinguishers be used on electrical fires?

    The short answer to this is NO! The only fire extinguishers that are designed to be used on electrical fires are CO2 Carbon Dioxide and Powder fire extinguishers.

    Many water, AFFF foam and wet chemical fire extinguishers (often referred to as ‘wet’ fire extinguishers because they contain liquid) have been tested so that they are safe for inadvertent use on live electrical equipment. If the extinguishers have been tested to and passed this test then this will be clearly SHOWN ON THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER LABEL. However, they are only safe for inadvertent or accidental contact with electrical equipment and should NOT be used to tackle electrical fires.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart What is the difference between Kitemarked and CE marked fire extinguishers?

    All fire extinguishers manufactured post the year 2000 must be CE marked if they are to be sold in the UK. The BS EN 3 Kitemark indicates that the fire extinguisher has been tested by BSi.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart What are the best fire extinguisher types to be used outside?

    Caron Dioxide (CO2) fire extinguishers are NOT recommended to be used outside as they are just carbon dioxide gas which fights fires by removing oxygen from it and so will not be effective when used outside. ABC powder fire extinguishers are often ideal for use outside as the powder will not cause issues outside and powder fire extinguishers are ideal for use in colder conditions outdoors.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart What is the correct way of hanging fire extinguishers? On a bracket or on a stand?

    Either is fine! All Firemart fire extinguishers are supplied complete with a wall mounting bracket meaning that the fire extinguisher can be directly attached to a wall. However, if the wall is plater board or not particularly strong then fire extinguisher boardsare a quick and easy way of wall mounting fire extinguishers as they can be drilled in several places therefore spreading the overall weight of the fire extinguisher and minimising the impact on the wall. Firemart sells single fire extinguisher boards for one fire extinguisher in white, beech and red and also double fire extinguisher boards in red.

    For fire extinguishers that are 4kg or larger the handle should be approximately 1 metre from the floor. The handle of a fire extinguisher with a eight of less than 4kg should be 1.5m from the floor. If you have two fire extinguisher to wall mount where one weighs more than 4kg and one weighs less, then you would normally put both extinguishers at the same height: 1 metre from the floor.

    Where you cannot wall mount fire extinguishers, Firemart offers a wide range of fire points and fire extinguisher stands

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart How do I fight a fire?

    Remember not to attempt to fight a fire unless it is safe to do so and you have been trained in using the fire extinguisher. You should just use the fire extinguisher to assist you in escaping from the building. Call the fire brigade and GET OUT and STAY OUT. If you have fire extinguishers in non-domestic (i.e. work/business) premises then ensure that the fire extinguishers are serviced at least annually by a trained fire extinguisher. Make sure that you have fire escape routes planned and that these are kept free from obstructions.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart Do fire extinguishers have to be red and what other fire extinguisher colours are there?

    Current British and European standards dictate that fire extinguishers must be red in colour. Fire extinguishers also feature a coloured band that must not be more than 5% of the overall cover of the fire extinguisher. The coloured band indicates the type of fire extinguisher:

  • Carbon dioxide: BLACK
  • AFFF Foam: CREAM
  • Powder: BLUE
  • Wet Chemical: CANARY YELLOW
  • Water: RED

    Prior to the legislation stating that all fire extinguishers should be red coming into effect then the whole body of the fire extinguisher would have been coloured. Although some people state that fire extinguishers that are coloured all over are not legal, this is not true. As long as the fire extinguishers are in working order then there is no reason why they should be withdrawn from service. However, it is recommended that fire extinguishers rea replaced every 20 years and the legalisation came into effect in 1997 therefore they won’t be many full coloured extinguishers left out there that are still under 20 years old!

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart How do I dispose of old fire extinguishers?

    If you are a business and your fire extinguishers are maintained by a fire service company then the fire service company will normally arrange for the collection and certified disposal of fire extinguishers. There may be a small fee for this service. For fire extinguishers and fire safety equipment that you use in the home then you should be able to dispose of small quantities of fire extinguishers at your local waste/recycling centre.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart What is the difference between stored pressure and cartridge operated fire extinguishers?

    Stored pressure fire extinguishers are fire extinguishers that are permanently pressurised. These are the most common type sold in the UK and include most water, foam, powder and wet chemical fire extinguisher types. You can normally tell a stored pressure fire extinguishers as they will have a pressure valve located on the body. If the pressure gauge is in the GREEN zone then this indicates that there is pressure in the fire extinguisher.

    A cartridge fire extinguisher is normally un-pressurised but when the fire extinguisher is operated a gas cylinder will open inside and pressurise the fire extinguisher so that it can be used to fight a fire.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart What the best fire extinguishers for fighting electrical fires?

    As you may already know the different types of fire risks are often classified by a letter e.g. A, B, C etc. Sometimes class 'E;' fires are often referred to meaning electrical fires. Although this class doesn't really exist it is a useful and quick way to refer to these types of fire risks/ For fires that do involve electrical equipment then a CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) fire extinguisher will be best. This fire extinguisher will quickly and effectively extinguish an electrical fire without leaving any sort of residue. carbon Dioxide fire extinguisher also extinguish Class B fire risks. You can also use dry powder fire extinguishers which will effective extinguisher electrical fires as well as Class A, B and C fire risks. However, powder fire extinguisher will also leave a residue after use and they are therefore not recommended for use indoors. Fire extinguishers that can be used to fight electrical fires will have the electrical flash symbol clearly shown on the fire extinguisher label.

    You will also see water-based fire extinguishers (such as water, AFFF Foam and wet chemical) that have passed he 35kV electrical conductivity discharge test. These fire extinguishers are NOT designed to fight electrical fire, however, if the user inadvertently comes into contact with live electrical equipment when extinguishing a fire then they will not be harmed. You will find more information the fire extinguisher label and instructions of use MUST be followed at all times.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart What are water additive fire extinguishers?

    Most water fire extinguishers are filled with standard water. However, water additive fire extinguishers are those which have chemicals added to the water in order to increase the firefighting capabilities of the fire extinguisher. For example, a standard 6 litre water fire extinguisher may have a fire rating of 13A but a smaller 3 litre water additive fire extinguisher will offer the same 13A fire rating. An ‘A’ rated fire rating (e.g. 13A) is the maximum volume of combustible materials that an ‘A’ rated fire extinguisher can extinguish. For example, a 13A rated fire extinguisher will extinguish LESS than a 21A rated fire extinguisher. Using water additive fire extinguishers rather than standard water fire extinguishers means that the fire extinguishers will be smaller and lighter for users to operate. However, as they are not as large then they do not contain as much liquid.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart What sort of fire extinguishers do I need?

    As you will have seen from this page, there are lots of different fire extinguisher types that are available and sometime it can be difficult to know which fire extinguisher type is best to use. For workplaces and non-domestic properties, here are a few of the main place and fire extinguisher types that you may wish to choose:

    Fire extinguishers in corridors

    What sort of fire risks are there in corridors and staicases?

    If you need to exit a building then the chances are that you will use a corridor and/or staircase to do so and you may need to use a fire extinguisher to assist in your evacuation from the building . They should always be kept free from obstructions at all times. Some of the general fire risks in corridors may include carpets and materials, door frames and door and furniture.

    What sort of fire extinguishers should I use?

    If there are electrical fire risks i.e. the corridor contains electrical equipment then use Co2 fire extinguishers. Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers will also extinguish Class B fires which are fire involving flammable liquids which may include cleaning materials etc.

    You will also want a fire that fights Class A fires which are combustible material such as wood and textiles. Foam fire extinguishers and Water fire extinguishers both offer Class A ratings and would be a good choice.

    Office fire extinguishers

    What sort of fire risks are there in offices?

    Most offices will contain a variety of risks including the fixtures and fittings such as curtains, blind, carpets and wooden furniture to electrical equipment such as computers, faxes, printers and small kettles etc.

    What fire extinguishers should I have in an office?

    To cover any electrical risks then Co2 fire extinguishers Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers will extinguish any electrical fireds Class B fires which are fire involving flammable liquids which may include cleaning materials etc.

    You will also want a fire extinguisher that fights Class A fires which are combustible materials such as wood and textiles. Foam fire extinguishers and Water fires extinguishers both offer Class A ratings and would be a good choice.

    You may also wish to visit our office fire equipment page for further information and additional product options.

    Kitchen fire extinguishers

    What sort of fire risks are there in kitchens?

    Most kitchens will have fire risks that involve cooking oils and fats and the only fire extinguisher type that will extinguisher Class F fires are wet chemical f-class fire extinguishers

    Wet chemical f-class fire extinguishers from Firemart will combat Class F fire risks which are fires involving burning oil risks from items such as fat fryers, frying pans and cooking oils etc. Most wet chemical f-class fire extinguishers will also offer a Class A and Class B fire rating. You may also wish to visit our kitchen fire equipment page for further information and additional product options.

    Reception fire extinguishers

    What sort of fire risks are there in receptions?

    The fire risks in receptions are very similar to those of offices and include electrical risks from computers and other equipment and risks from furniture, materials and soft furnishings.

    What fire extinguishers should I have in an office?

    To cover any electrical risks then Co2 fire extinguishers are ideal to have in a reception area. Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers will extinguish any electrical fires Class B fires which are fire involving flammable liquids which may include cleaning materials etc.

    You will also want a fire extinguisher that fights Class A fires which are combustible materials such as wood, paper and textiles as these items will be present in a reception area. Foam fire extinguishers and Water fires extinguishers both offer Class A ratings and would be a good choice.

    Warehouse fire extinguishers and fire safety equipment

    What sort of fire risks are there in warehouses?

    In most warehouses and larger industrial settings you will have a need for Co2 fire extinguishers which will provide protection for any electrical fire risks from electrical equipment that may be in the warehouse such as computers, printers and other equipment. Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers will also provide protection for class B fire risks which are flammable liquids including petrol and oils. In Warehouses, Class B fire risks may include solvents, fuel and paints etc.

    For general warehouse fires then AFFF Foam fire extinguishers can be ideal as they offer protection against Class A (solid materials such as wood and textiles) and Class B (flammable liquids). As warehouses and other industrial spaces are often very large then you may wish to provide a larger 9ltr foam fire extinguisher as the larger fire extinguishers have higher fire ratings as well as a containing more foam with a longer discharge time therefore providing the trained user with more time in which to fight the fire.

    If the warehouse has vehicles and fork-lift trucks that are used inside it then you may also wish to provide powder fire extinguishers which will provide protection for fires involving vehicles and multi-purpose ABC fire protection capabilities. Please note that powder fire extinguisher can create a mess when used inside and this should therefore be taken into account when they are used.

    To view some of our suggested warehouse fire extinguishers and fire safety products, visit our warehouse fire equipment page.

    Fire Extinguishers and Fire Equipment, Firemart Stainless Steel Chrome Fire Extinguishers?

    Firemart is delighted to offer a large selection of stainless steel chrome fire extinguishers. which are manufactured from stainless steel or aluminium. Stainless steel Chrome fire extinguishers are ideal for use in shops, showrooms, salons, offices, car showrooms and receptions etc.

    Don’t all fire extinguishers have to be red? Red fire extinguishers are CE marked and many are also BS EN 3 Kitemarked. Chrome stainless steel fire extinguishers cannot have a BS EN 3 Kitemark and are just CE approved showing that they are manufactured to an acceptable standard

    Why choose chrome stainless steel fire extinguishers?Chrome stainless steel fire extinguishers are manufactured in just the same way as standard red fire extinguishers and they are available in all of the main fire extinguisher types including water, foam, carbon dioxide and powder making them an ideal product where appearance is of great importance. Stainless steel chrome fire extinguishers are manufactured using non-corrosive metal so they will not rust and they will last for many years.

    What about stands for chrome fire extinguishers? We have single and double chrome fire extinguisher stands that hold stainless chrome fire extinguishers stainless steel chrome fire extinguishers. The single fire extinguisher chrome steel stand will hold any one number fire extinguishers and the double fire extinguisher chrome steel stand will accommodate any two number chrome steel fire extinguishers. We also have a range of aluminium signs.