Fire extinguishers meeting BS EN3 are manufactured with a red body and have a band of a second colour covering between 5-10% of the surface relating to the extinguisher’s contents. Each different type of extinguisher agent has a corresponding colour making identification easier for the user.
- Class A – fires involving solid materials such as wood, paper or textiles.
- Class B – fires involving flammable liquids such as petrol, diesel or oils.
- Class C – fires involving gases.
- Class D – fires involving metals.
- Class E – fires involving live electrical apparatus. (Technically ‘Class E’ doesn’t exists however this is used for convenience here)
- Class F – fires involving cooking oils such as in deep-fat fryers.
1.Powder fire extinguishers are ideal for use in mixed risk environments and offer excellent all round fire protection. With a unique class C rating, powder fire extinguishers are the only effective solution for fires involving flammable gases.
2.Foam fire extinguishers are ideal for use on fire involving solid combustible materials and are highly effective on flammable liquid fires.
3.CO2 is one of the cleanest extinguisher agents and leaves no residue behind.This fire extinguishers are suitable for use on flammable liquid fires and are extremely effective at extinguishing fire involving electrical equipment
4.Water fire extinguishers are suitable for use in environments containing solid combustible materials such as wood, paper and textiles. It is important to remember that water conducts electricity and should not be used around electrical equipment
5.Wet chemical fire extinguishers have a unique class F rating and are usually supplied with a special application lance. Wet chemical extinguishers are ideally suited in the kitchen environment, for tackling large burning oil fires.
6.Water mists extinguishers are ideal for covering areas of a building where multiple fire risks can be found.