Types of Extinguishers
Water Fire Extinguishers
Standard water jet extinguishers are a cheaper option, designed to deal with common Class A fires. They should under no circumstances be used on an electrical fire as the water conducts electricity and can pose a further safety hazard. Water extinguishers are the most commonly recommended extinguishers for hotels, public places, and residential areas, and we have a fantastic range in stock. All water extinguishers are totally red.
Foam Fire Extinguishers
Foam extinguishers are suitable for use on both Class A and B fires which makes them a good option for many environments. The foam acts as a rapid coolant and prevents oxygen from reaching the fire. Foam extinguishers have a cream panel. Foam extinguishers work by smothering the fire and cools via the water content which helps to prevent it from reigniting. Buy Foam Fire Extinguishers
CO2 Fire Extinguishers
CO2 fire extinguishers are easily recognisable by their slimline shape and work by displacing the oxygen in the air to suffocate the fire. They are the go to choice for use on electrical fires as they won't harm the electrical equipment and they leave no residue behind. CO2 Fire Extinguishers can be identified by a black coloured panel on the body of the extinguisher. Buy CO2 Fire Extinguishers
ABC Powder & Specialist Dry Powder Fire Extinguishers
Powder extinguishers come in many varieties. ABC powders can be used on Class A, B and C fires. In 2012 British Standards were changed to state that powder extinguishers should not be used inside, unless specified otherwise by a health and safety assessment. If you have powder fire extinguishers inside your premises and are in need of replacing them in order to comply, our team will be happy to help you pick the most appropriate replacement. For large workshops, forecourts, and other well-ventilated areas powder extinguishers are still an excellent choice.
Specialist dry powder extinguishers are formulated to deal with Class D fires, caused by flammable metals. Powder extinguishers have a blue panel.
Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers
Wet Chemical extinguishers are used to put out Class F fires, which most commonly occur in commercial kitchens due to the presence of hot cooking oils. If your premises contain any form of deep fat fryer, or chip pan, your insurance company will likely require you to install a wet chemical extinguisher. Whilst they are specified for Class F fires, some brands of wet chemical extinguisher like the Gloria and the Titan Pro are also effective on Class A and B fires. Always check your extinguisher prior to use to confirm. Wet chemical extinguishers have a yellow panel.