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Fire safety equipment

Download our easy to ready guide (PDF) for all you need to know about fire extinguishers and fire blankets.

 

If a fire starts in your home you must get everyone out as quickly as possible, dial 999 and ask for the fire and rescue service. Even in its early stages a fire can develop and spread very quickly.

You may feel you are able to deal with it yourself, but if you are in any doubt - DO NOT TACKLE THE FIRE YOURSELF - no matter how small or manageable it looks.

Fire extinguishers

If you choose to install and use fire extinguishers follow these guidelines:

  • make sure that British Standards are conformed to and that it carries a Kitemark or British Approvals for Fire Equipment mark

  • do not place them over cookers, heaters or other extreme heat sources

  • after one use it must be recharged

  • ensure you have your extinguishers regularly serviced by a qualified person

  • never use a fire extinguisher on a chip pan fire. The jet from the extinguisher may force burning fat out of the pan and spread the fire.

 

The following types of extinguishers are available. Always check manufacturer’s instructions for the type of fire appropriate for each one. Follow operating instructions carefully. Most extinguishers will be red with a coloured sticker on them for easy identification:

 

Dry powder - blue

  • knocks down flames. Best for liquids like grease, fat, oil and paint
  • although safe to use onb electrical equipment it does not penetrate spaces inside so care has to be taken in case it re-ignites
  • do not use on chip pan fires
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Aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) - yellow

  • best for wood, cloth, paper, plastic and solids. Also liquids such as grease, oil, paint and petrol.
  • forms a foam extinguishing film over the surface of a burning liquid
  • do not use on chip pan fires
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Water - red

  • cools burning material; best for wood, cloth, paper and plastics
  • do not use on a chip pan fire or an electrical fire
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Carbon dioxide CO2 - black

  • a vaporising liquid gas which smothers the flame by displacing oxygen in the air
  • best for liquids such as grease, fats, oils, paint and petrol.
  • safe to use on electrical fires
  • do not use on chip pan fires
  • gas from CO2 extinguishers can be harmful if used in confined spaces as it displaces oxygen in the air. Ventilate the area when the fire is extinguished
  • never hold the horn when operating. The dry ice will result in your skin sticking to the horn with a burning sensation.
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Disposal of expired residential fire extinguishers

The link below is to the government website which enables you to find appropriate specialist hazardous waste contractors in your area:-

https://www.gov.uk/hazardous-waste-disposal

 

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