What Type of Fire Extinguisher Do I Need?

Water and CO2 fire extinguishers are commonly found in office environments. However, businesses that handle flammable materials may require additional fire safety equipment to ensure comprehensive protection.

To determine the appropriate fire extinguisher type for your office, it’s crucial to comply with fire safety regulations. A thorough Fire Risk Assessment should outline your specific fire safety equipment needs. This assessment will detail the type, quantity, and location of the required fire safety equipment, as well as the last date of service for each item.

Ensuring you have the right fire extinguishers in place not only helps you stay compliant but also enhances the safety of your employees and property.

Fire Extinguisher Types and Applications:

There are several types of fire extinguishers to choose from, all of which provide a different application and purpose.

Water fire extinguishers

Water fire extinguishers use water as the main extinguishing agent and are suitable for Class A fires involving ordinary combustibles. They should not be used for electrical or flammable liquid fires and proper use and limitations must be understood to achieve effective fire safety.

Foam fire extinguishers

Foam fire extinguishers use foam to put out fires caused by flammable liquids. They are used in commercial, industrial, home, and vehicle settings and should be properly maintained and inspected to ensure they are ready to be used in case of a fire emergency.

CO2 fire extinguishers

CO2 fire extinguishers use carbon dioxide to extinguish fires and are often used in areas with electrical or flammable liquid fires. They do not leave residue or damage electrical equipment but must be used carefully as they can cause suffocation in poorly ventilated areas.

Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers

A wet chemical fire extinguisher is used to put out fires involving cooking oils and fats. They are an important part of fire safety and work by creating a soap-like substance that helps to smother the flames. You will find this type of fire extinguisher most commonly in commercial kitchens.

Dry powder fire extinguishers

Dry powder fire extinguishers use a dry chemical powder to put out fires caused by flammable liquids, gases, and electrical equipment. They can create a harmful powder cloud and damage sensitive equipment. Proper safety procedures must be followed, and the appropriate type of extinguisher used for the specific type of fire.

Specialist dry powder extinguishers are utilised for extinguishing fires caused by flammable metals such as titanium.

Fire Extinguisher Labelling

To aid in emergency situations, fire extinguishers are colour-coded for quick identification. These colours are red (water), blue (dry powder), cream (foam), black (CO2), and yellow (wet chemical). Advance Fire & Security not only installs fire extinguishers, but also provides signs that give more details on which types of fires the equipment is appropriate for.

Ensure Fire Safety Compliance with Advance Fire & Security

Protect your premises against fire with our comprehensive portfolio of fire extinguishers and services.

Here at Advance Fire & Security, we recognise the complexity of fire safety compliance. That’s why our team of highly skilled fire extinguisher engineers is dedicated to ensuring you have the correct types and legally required quantities of fire extinguishers on site. This will help you meet regulatory requirements and safeguard your employees and property.

Contact us today to discuss your needs and learn how we can help support you with all your fire safety needs.