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Fire Extinguishers: The Types and Their Uses

Fire extinguishers are a crucial element of comprehensive fire safety and, in commercial and industrial properties, are often required by legal health and safety regulations. However, fire extinguishers come in a range of types and, according to the kind of environment you live or work within, a particular model of fire extinguisher, or combination of fire extinguishers, will be necessary. Download our guide Types of Fire… There are 6 types of fire, all classified and identified by the kind of materials found in the location in which the fire is present: Class A – This type of fire is characterised by the…

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Cleaning Up Fire Extinguisher Foam

Before cleaning up any extinguisher residue, check to see what type of fire extinguisher you’ve used to put out the fire. You will likely already know this due to health and safety protocols, but it pays to make sure. Once you know which type of residue you are dealing with, you can go ahead and start following one of the guides below for safely cleaning up the mess in an efficient manner. Safely Cleaning Up After Using a Water Fire Extinguisher After using a water fire extinguisher to put out a fire, the two main concerns are water damage and electrical…

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Is Using an Expired Extinguisher Dangerous?

Hopefully, the usage of fire extinguishers is not a common event, but it is always useful to know when it is time to get your fire extinguisher checked over, for various reasons. Although fire extinguishers don’t actually have expiry dates, fire extinguishers can require recharging after a certain amount of time, but this only usually an option for newer extinguishers (less than five years old). The other option is replacement – this costs roughly the same amount as recharging an extinguisher and can provide your equipment with a new lease of life. The best way to check if your extinguisher needs…

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Robot Fire Extinguisher Unveiled

When you picture a fire extinguisher, you picture the red, cylindrical tank placed on walls in offices, schools and commercial buildings. Your typical basic fire extinguisher comes in several different varieties, each one designed to tackle specific types of fires, and these varieties have been in place for years. But in specialist environments, more specifically the U.S Navy’s ships, there will soon be an alternative fire extinguisher available that could not be further removed from the ones we see in our everyday lives. Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot If a fire was to break out on a US Navy ship in the…

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Top 5 Common Mistakes When Putting Out a Fire

If you are unfortunate enough to find yourself caught up in a fire related incident, one of the first challenges that you face is working out how to tackle the fire, or whether to tackle it at all. Judging the Size of the Fire One of the most important things to remember in the event of a fire emergency is that not all fires can be tackled with a fire extinguisher. If a fire breaks out in your premises, make sure you know what type of fire it is (this will determine what extinguisher is needed). If at any point you…

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