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Welcome to Fire Extinguishers Direct and our exciting range of budget Fire Extinguishers. Brought to you at credit crunch busting prices from as little as £9.99 ex VAT.

With 20 years experience in the UK Fire Protection Industry, Fire Extinguishers Direct are ideally placed to provide quality products and service solutions to a cost conscious market. If we can help with any of your requirements for Fire Extinguishers, Fire Alarms, Emergency Lighting, Installation, Servicing or Maintenance then please do not hesitate to contact us.

It is important to recognise the correct type of fire you are fighting when selecting your fire extinguisher. We have outlined some useful points and the most likely surrounding and conditions that each fire is likely to occur for your information.

There are no fewer than six classes of fire, each requiring a specifically designed extinguisher to fight each fire individually. In newer extinguishers they have included a picture/labelling system indicating the type of fire they are designed to efficiently extinguish.

Class A - Solid Fuel Fires

Class A fires are solid fuel fires (wood, paper, straw, textiles, coal etc). An extinguisher's Class A rating is measured by the length of a wood stack that can be extinguished effectively.

The appropriate extinguisher in the instance of a Class A Fire would be a Water or Foam Fire Extinguisher.

Class B - Liquid Fuel Fires

In the instance of a Class B Fire, the numerical value is measured in litres and represents the quantity of flammable liquid that this extinguisher can comfortably put out.

A Foam Fire Extinguisher is ideally suited where both Class A and B fire risks exist. Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) is particularly suited to fight liquid spills such as petrol, oil, fats, paints etc. and works by forming a film on the liquid to extinguish the fire effectively. Our foam extinguishers have passed the electrical conductivity test at 35kv.

A Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguisher, while designed for Class B fire risks can also be used on electrical fires. As CO2 extinguishers are harmless to electrical equipment they are used extensively in modern offices.

Class C - Gas Fuel Fires

Class C Fires are very difficult to measure as flammable gas is not easy to measure with any accuracy. It is dependant on the ratio of gas to air in the local atmosphere.

A Powder Fire Extinguisher is especially designed to tackle an environment where more than one fire risk is a possibility. It is a good all round fire extinguisher as it is suitable to handle flammable liquid fire such as methane, propane, hydrogen, natural gas etc. It is not recommended for indoor use.

This extinguisher is efficient at tackling Class A, B and C fires

Class D - Metal Fires

Class D fires typically consist of burning metal swarf produced during the machining of magnesium etc.

The M28 Powder Extinguisher is based on sodium chloride and is suitable for use on Class D metal fires. By fusing powder to form a crust, oxygen is excluded from the surface of the molten metal and with the addition of a specific agent will prevent the powder from sinking into the surface of the metal fire. For safety purposes the extinguisher is fitted with a slow, low velocity applicator cup which is approximately 2m in length. This helps to reduce splashing of the molten metal.

Electrical Fires

Once the source of electricity is shut down the electrical fire will revert to a different class of extinguisher. Please speak to one of our advisors if you require further advice.

A CO2 Fire Extinguisher is ideal where electrical appliances are the most likely fire hazard. It will also extinguish Class B Fires. However, you should be aware that after the CO2 has drifted away, the fire could re-ignite. An alternative to CO2 are foams, as long as they have been tested to35kV and a safety distance of 1m is observed.

Class F Cooking Oil Fires

Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers are especially designed to deal with oil/deep fat fryer (Class F) fires. They are however, also efficient at tackling Class A Fires (wood, paper, straw, textiles, coal, etc). This type of fire extinguisher has also passed the electrical conductivity test at 35kV.

Where do you put your fire extinguisher?

You need to be able to see and reach your fire extinguisher quickly and with ease. Ideally it should be placed on an escape route that is either near an outside door or on route from the living areas to an outside door. It is advisable to fix it so that it is adjacent to the potential fire risk.

It should be correctly fixed to a wall at a height where it is easily reached. It must however be kept out of the reach of children. Do not place them over cookers or heaters or anywhere of extreme temperatures.

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance

The manufacturer will supply instructions on how to keep your extinguisher in good working order.

After an extinguisher has been used it will be necessary to recharge it according to the manufacturer's instructions.

It is advisable that ALL fire extinguishers are serviced on an annual basis. You should always use an accredited company, for failure to do so may affect your insurance cover.

How many fire extinguishers do I require?

This is simply measured by the size of the premise and the risk factor.

Below we have provided guidelines that are based on a low risk basis.

Standards stipulate that no person should be more than 30 metres away from a fire extinguisher.

BS 5306-8:2012 states that each floor of a premises should have a minimum of 2 x A rated fire extinguishers with a minimum combined A rating of 26A. To work out the required A rating of a building you should take the floor area in square metres and multiply that figure by 0.065. This will give you your minimum A rating (remembering that if it is below 26A then 26A will be your minimum requirement). For example, a floor area of 1000 square metres will give you 1000 x 0.065 = 65A. On top of this minimum rating you should consider any special risks. It is always recommended to have a fire extinguisher site survey performed by a reputable company.

If there are any special circumstances or cause for concern your local Fire Service Officer will be happy to advise.

It is always worth contacting one of our qualified engineers to advise you.

Please call 0800 978 8212 and speak to one of our advisors today. Whether it's for an office or industrial unit, an industrial kitchen or your home, even if it's for your vehicle, we are on hand and will be more than happy to assist you!