Choosing the correct type of fire extinguisher to tackle a particular fire risk is of vital importance. Using the wrong type of fire extinguisher could increase the potential for personal injury and in some cases make the situation worse, as would attempting to tackle a fire with equipment that is faulty or simply doesn’t work through lack of care or maintenance.
Looking to buy or hire Fire Extinguishers
Are you willing to risk a prosecution or worse still, a business ruined by a small fire that could have been contained? Spark-Risk Limited can offer you a complete fire extinguisher service, from new service contracts, supplying, installation, maintenance, hiring, or even purely advice related, we’re the experts around fire extinguishing products and will work to minimise any stress or confusion about what you need for your business and premises, as we’re here to help. Unlike other companies, here at Spark-Risk Limited we keep things really simple, call now for an instant quotation on 0845 257 2275 or 07853216740. We offer a simple, cost-effective solution to all your fire extinguisher and fire blanket needs with no hidden costs, unlike most of our competitors. And best of all, as well as the quality of service we provide, alongside our friendly and personal approach, we think you’ll like our prices.
Legislation requires all fire extinguishers to be serviced annually by a competent person. Servicing should only be undertaken by a fully trained service technician holding the relevant qualifications, such as BAFE or IFEDA. The best way to achieve this is to set up a service contract with Spark-Risk Limited who can undertake the necessary inspections whenever they are due and advise you of any action necessary to keep your fire extinguishers in good working order at a competitive price. All service work is carried out to BS5306-3 2009, and Installation is to BS5306-8 2012.
Remember, if you have fire extinguishers, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires that relevant persons are trained in their use. Spark-Risk also offer Fire Safety and Fire Warden Training packages that include the practical use of fire extinguishers, giving you and your staff the knowledge and confidence to know how to use them, which ones to use and when.
Achieving compliance to fire safety regulations and your fire extinguisher requirements can seem like a minefield sometimes, but Spark-Risk’s easy and approachable manner can certainly help you through it. Contact us for a chat, book an appointment and we’ll look forward to seeing you soon
So, what type of extinguishers do you need?
Class A Fires – These extinguishers are for use on solid materials, for example, paper, wood, plastic or textile materials. They are the most common, cheapest and widely used extinguishers, but limited in their application.
Class A and B Fires – These are more ideal for Class B fires, which are flammable liquids, such as oils, petrol, paraffin, paints etc., but are more versatile as they could also be used on Class A fires. Hence the slightly higher cost than water extinguishers.
Dry Powder Extinguishers
Class A, B and C fires – Dry Powder extinguishers are the most versatile and ‘multi-purpose’ extinguishers, due to the broad range of uses they have; they are suitable for A, especially B and also Class C (flammable gas) fires. The downside is the obscuring of vision when being used, possible inhalation of the powder and the resulting mess.
Class B and E Fires – CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) Extinguishers are suitable for class B risks, involving flammable liquids (but not deep fat fryer fires!) and for electrical hazards. CO2 is harmless to electrical equipment and is ideal for modern offices and electronic risks. Disadvantage is that it doesn’t cool the fire well enough to totally rule out re-ignition.
Wet Chemical Extinguishers
Class F Fires – These are ideal for tackling deep fat fryer and cooking oil fires (Class F), using a chemical mist spray to cool the flame front whilst producing a foam to cover the liquid’s surface. In addition, they tackle general household fires (Class A).
Water Mist Extinguishers
Class A, B, C, E & F Fires – Water Mist is a new technology that is extremely versatile, working on the basis of cooling the fire, suffocating it and then cooling the burning media to prevent re-ignition using microscopic particles of water. Water mists extinguishers are ideal for covering areas of a building where multiple fire risks can be found.