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Wall Mounted Or Floor Standing?



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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

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Section 6 - How to save money on your maintenance

All extinguishers must be fixed in a permanent position. Ones with contents of 3 kg or 3 litres and above should be wall-mounted so that the handles are one metre from the floor. This also includes the common 2kg CO2 extinguisher.

Smaller ones need to be mounted so that handles are one and a half metres from the floor level.

However, as many of our modern shops and offices have partition walls or expanses of glass, this may not be always practical. In that case, a fire extinguisher stand would be suitable.

Fire extinguisher stands tend to come in single or double sizes with coloured versions of red, grey or cream. Some will be made from GRP (fiberglass) but these can crack and are not suitable for food preparation areas. There are also vacuum formed plastic stands at the "economy" end but they must be leaned against a wall as there is no back to them.

The more popular is the rotationally-moulded polyethylene with Jonesco Plastics stands being the leading producer. These are very durable and are solid enough to support themselves if there is no wall to lean against.

Finally, if aesthetics and the designer look are what you need, you can choose chrome-plated tubular steel or stainless steel versions but at a slightly higher price than the other stands.

Wall Fixing Brackets

Most new extinguishers from reputable manufacturers will be supplied with a suitable wall mounting bracket in the box. Three litre or three kilogram sizes and above need a j-bracket (a hook that looks like a J shape when viewed from the side). The back of the extinguisher will have a bracket holder welded onto the body and all UK models are the same fitting.

CO2 extinguishers will have a lug bracket which will be a different size for a 2kg or a 5kg size. This locates in a little hole on the back side of the brass valve by the handles.

If you transport the extinguishers, take a look at transport brackets and straps for extra support. Most 1kg and 2kg powders will come with a wire clip bracket suitable for transport.



Back to 1st page - Fire extinguisher chart

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

Next Section 5 - Annual maintenance and monthly inspections

Section 6 - How to save money on your maintenance