Fire Extinguisher Usage Guide

This guide illustrates the types of fire that each kind of fire extinguisher is suitable for. Under the old standard, the whole of the body of the extinguisher was painted the appropriate colour code to indicate its use. The new standard is BS EN3 part 5, and an extinguisher is Signal Red with a band of colour above the instructions to signify the use of the extinguisher. For more information, call our customer support team on 01724 281044 or use our contact form.

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Class A Fires: Fires involving freely burning materials. For example wood, paper, textiles and other carbonaceous materials. Class B Fires: Fires involving flammable liquids. For example petrols and spirits. Class C Fires: Fires involving flammable gasses. For example propane and butane. Class D Fires: Fires involving burning metals. Electrical Fires: Fires caused by electrical equipment where electric current may be present. Class F Fires: Fires involving cooking oil and fat. For example olive oil, maize oil, lard and butter.
Wood, paper, textiles and other carbon-aceous materials. Flammable liquids, petrols and spirits. Flammable gases, for example propane and butane. Fires involving burning metals. Fires caused by electrical equipment where electric current may be present. Cooking oil and fat. For example olive oil, maize oil, lard and butter.
Water Water Fire Extinguishers are Signal Red Buy now
Foam Foam Fire Extinguishers are Signal Red with a Cream Panel above the Instructions ABF Foam Only Buy now
Dry Powder Dry Powder Fire Extinguishers are Signal Red with a French Blue Panel above the Instructons Buy now
L2 L2 Extinguishers are Dry Powder Fire Extinguishers in Signal Red with a French Blue Panel above the Instructons Buy now
CO2 Gas CO2 Gas Fire Extinguishers are Signal Red with a Black Panel above the Instructons Buy now
Wet Chemical Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers are Signal Red with a Canary Yellow Panel above the Instructons Buy now
Water Mist Water Mist Fire Extinguishers are Signal Red with a White Panel above the Instructions Buy now

 

* A Powder Extinguisher will leave a residue that can damage sensitive electrical equipment. If possible, use a CO2 Extinguisher.

Notes:
Electrical equipment can be a factor in many types of fire.
When possible always isolate the electrical supply before using a water fire extinguisher..