According to one survey*, of 2,173 fire safety incidents recorded, over 80% had been brought under control by the application of fire extinguishers.
In fact, portable fire extinguishers are believed to have prevented over 1,629 injuries in these cases, and decreased the need for the fire service to attend incidences.
Fire extinguishers can help to put out or control smaller fires, and are a requirement for some non-domestic premises under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The order states that where needed, premises should be equipped with “appropriate fire-fighting equipment”, including “non-automatic” fire-fighting apparatus, such as extinguishers.
Amthal Fire & Security can supply, service and install a comprehensive range of fire extinguishers in accordance with British Standard 5306 Part 4 and Part 8, and can support you in understanding which type of fire extinguishers and how many you will need, through a free, no-obligation fire risk assessment.
Types of fire extinguisher
There are five main categories of fire extinguisher; water, foam, dry powder, wet chemical and CO2. Each type has a specific application on types of fire (and can be dangerous when used in the wrong context).
- Water extinguisher – Tends to be used on fires with organic materials (for example, cloth or coal). Should not be used on fires involving burning fats. Also available in mist or spray options.
- Foam extinguisher – Mainly water-based, a foaming agent floats atop burning liquid (such as paint or petrol) breaking the contact between flame and liquid.
- Dry powder extinguisher – The powder acts as a thermal ballast to stop the chemical reaction and thereby extinguish the fire. Can be applied safely to live electrical equipment in some applications.
- Wet chemical extinguisher -Designed for fires involving cooking oils and fats (although not class B fires), and emitted in a mist to help prevent splashing of blazing liquids.
- CO2 extinguisher – Best for fires involving live electrical equipment, and works by suffocating the fire.
Maintaining your fire extinguishers
Amthal Fire & Security also offers a dedicated servicing program to ensure the continued effective operation of your fire extinguisher, in line with Government legislation, including article 17 of the Fire Safety Order and The British Standard Code of Practice (BS 5306 Part 3).
We supply new fire extinguisher suites with an initial service or a pre-delivery inspection. This is a completed fire extinguisher servicing label recording the date, weight, next service date and date of discharge or overhaul test.
On an ongoing basis, whether for a suite we have supplied or an existing stock of fire extinguishers, Amthal offers an annual maintenance programme. We also support clients in implementing a comprehensive and systematic in-house process for monthly checks (as a minimum) of the fire extinguisher installation. These processes check for missing or used extinguishers, inspect the internal pressure of relevant extinguishers, and ensures equipment continues to be unobstructed and clearly visible. We also support you in keeping an effective record of these checks in your fire log book. All extinguisher servicing and maintenance includes an approved certificate of inspection.
Get in touch
To see how Amthal Fire & Security can support with your supply, installation and maintenance of fire extinguishers, or to arrange your free, no-obligation fire risk assessment, get in touch using the form below, by phone free on 0800 093 7818 or email.
*Fire Extinguisher Trading Association and The Independent Engineering and Distributors Association – Report on A Fire Survey into Portable Fire Extinguishers (2002)