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Types of extinguishers



It is never easy to choose from the different types of fire extinguishers so we have produced a chart to help you decide which ones are good for which fire risks. Just click the links or images to see the various sizes and prices for each type. There is also a print facility at the bottom right of the chart to get a pdf copy.

Section 1 - Classes of fire and fire extinguisher types

Section 2 - How many extinguishers do you need?

Section 3 - Where to position your fire fighting equipment

Section 4 - Different ways to wall hang or stand your extinguishers

Section 5 - Annual maintenance and monthly inspections

Section 6 - How to save money on your maintenance

Which Extinguisher to use

 
    wood, paper, textiles, fabric petrol, diesel, oils, liquids

gas, butane, methane, etc

metals, magnesium, swarf

electrics, computers, machinery, etc

cooking oil, deep fat fryers

Water Water Fire Extinguisher Use          
Hydrospray
(Water Additive)
Water Additive Fire Extinguisher Use
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This is much better for offices, shops, hotels, etc than plain water
     
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This extinguisher has a special safety nozzle to make it safe to use near (but not directly on) electrical equipment. But, you must have CO2 extinguishers for the electrical risks
 
CO2
(Carbon Dioxide)
CO2 Fire Extinguisher   Use     Use  
Foam
(AFFF)
AFFF Foam Fire Extinguisher Use Use
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Best for fuel and running liquid fires
   
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This extinguisher has a special safety nozzle to make it safe to use near (but not directly on) electrical equipment. But, you must have CO2 extinguishers for the electrical risks
 
Powder Powder Fire Extinguishers Use
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Best for multiple risk areas like workshops, vehicles and homes but not to be used for offices, shops, hotels
Use Use
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Gas fires are best extinguished by turning the gas off. If it cannot be turned off, the explosion risk from escaping gas is worse so leave it burning
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Safe to use on electrical equipment but CO2 is much better and powder will make a mess that needs cleaning up
 
Metal Powder
(M28 and L2)
Metal Powder M28 L2 Extinguishers       Use
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The only extinguishers for metal fires but make sure you select the correct one (L2 does it all). Training recommended
   
Monnex Powder Monnex Extinguisher   Use
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Most powerful powder in any portable extinguisher. Fantastic for airport and high fire risk use
Use
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Gas fires are best extinguished by turning the gas off. If it cannot be turned off, the explosion risk from escaping gas is worse so leave it burning
  Use
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Safe to use o n electrical equipment but CO2 is much better and powder will make a mess that needs cleaning up
 
Wet Chemical Wet Chemical Fire Extinguisher Use
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Although suitable for class A fires, this extinguisher is only designed for commercial kitchens with deep fat fryers
        Use
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Nothing else will put out a fire in a commercial deep fat fryer. All other extinguishers are dangerous in this situation
Hose Reel Fire Hose Reel Use          

Section 1 - Classes of fire and fire extinguisher types

Section 2 - How many extinguishers do you need?

Section 3 - Where to position your fire fighting equipment

Section 4 - Different ways to wall hang or stand your extinguishers

Section 5 - Annual maintenance and monthly inspections

Section 6 - How to save money on your maintenance

 
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