Fire Extinguishers

Fire Extinguisher Installation and Servicing in Cornwall

Installation

Our proficient engineers are fully prepared to deliver, set up, and validate a range of fire extinguishers tailored to meet the specific requirements of your Cornwall-based business, adhering to the advice provided by fire safety risk assessors. Included with all our extinguishers is the Unique assurance, ensuring peace of mind and offering some of the most comprehensive Fire Extinguishers packages for businesses in Cornwall.

As per the regulations outlined in the Fire Safety Order 2005, the designated individual within a business holds the authority to enact reasonable measures aimed at minimizing fire risks and implementing fire protection measures to facilitate safe evacuation in the event of a fire.

These regulations underscore the significance of installing fire extinguishers, highlighting their crucial role alongside early fire detection systems such as our Business Fire Alarm System. Each fire extinguisher supplied by Unique is clearly labeled and easily identifiable, specifying the type of fire it is effective against. This guarantees the safe and effective management of small fires during emergencies.

Types of Fire Extinguishers

When it comes to early fire protection, fire extinguishers are essential for containing fires in their initial stages. However, it’s vital to understand the distinct types of fire extinguishers designed for specific fire classes. Using the wrong type of extinguisher can result in serious injury and exacerbate fire damage.

In cases of uncertainty, it’s prudent to promptly seek guidance from your designated fire warden. Nevertheless, having awareness of the different fire extinguisher types can facilitate quick decision-making when necessary. Maintaining an updated Fire Risk Assessment ensures peace of mind and preparedness.

In the UK, fire extinguishers are color-coded, with visible labels on their tops. Familiarizing yourself with these color codes is not only essential for your safety but also aids in communicating this information to individuals unfamiliar with fire safety protocols.

Alarmco Fire Extinguisher Box

A list of the different types of fire extinguishers available in the UK:

Water is labelled RED

Water fire extinguishers are all red in colour and are used for tackling fires that are burning freely involving paper, wood, textiles and other solid materials, ideal for office, retail shop or warehouse environments. Water fire extinguishers should not be used on electrical fires, as water conducts the electricity, which could cause an electric shock to the user. These types of extinguishers aren’t suitable for fires involving flammable liquids, gases or cooking oil fires in kitchen environments.

Foam is labelled CREAM

Foam fire extinguishers are also suitable for different types of fires and are recommended for use, particularly in factories, petrol stations and hotels. The foam produced is used to smother the fire and starve it of oxygen, thus extinguishing the flames. These are ideal for use on wood, paper, textiles and liquid fires. Although they are safe to use on electrical equipment it will cause considerable irreversible damage to the appliances. They are also unsuitable for use on flammable gases and cooking fires with oil and grease in the kitchen.

Wet Chemical is labelled YELLOW

Wet Chemical fire extinguishers are also potentially dangerous to the user’s safety, as they can produce toxic fumes which can linger for a while, even after the fire has been put out. After usage indoors, open windows and doors if possible to make sure the area is well ventilated.

The chemical spray released by the extinguisher works by starting a chemical reaction that combines the discharge with the cooking fat or oil, to form a cake of soap like emulsion which cools the fire. These extinguishers are probably the type best suited to fires in the kitchen and are essential for restaurants. They are also suitable for fighting fires involving wood, paper and textiles although not suited for use on flammable liquids, gases and metals.

Wet Chemical is labelled YELLOW

Wet Chemical fire extinguishers are also potentially dangerous to the user’s safety, as they can produce toxic fumes which can linger for a while, even after the fire has been put out. After usage indoors, open windows and doors if possible to make sure the area is well ventilated.

The chemical spray released by the extinguisher works by starting a chemical reaction that combines the discharge with the cooking fat or oil, to form a cake of soap like emulsion which cools the fire. These extinguishers are probably the type best suited to fires in the kitchen and are essential for restaurants. They are also suitable for fighting fires involving wood, paper and textiles although not suited for use on flammable liquids, gases and metals.

Powder is labelled BLUE

Powder fire extinguishers can have a wide array of uses and are arguably the most versatile out of all of them. User powder extinguishers on wood, paper, textiles, liquid and electrical fires, so are useful in chemical fires and also vehicles. The powder inside the extinguisher halts the chemical reactions in fires that would otherwise spread, with that being said, it’s not for small spaces like water would be as inhaling the powder is dangerous.