HAND PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

In the event of a fire, it is vital you have an appropriate, fully working fire extinguisher to hand to put out the fire quickly. The safety of those around you – as well as your property – depends on it.

At Castle Fire Ltd. we are here to take the hassle out of fire safety for you and your business.

One of our experienced, fully qualified specialists will visit your premises and assess the requirements for fire extinguishers taking account the requirements of BS5306 part 8, the size of the building, and the risk of fire to determine the most suitable protection for your personnel and business.  We will then provide a detailed quotation for the equipment required.

All our Fire Extinguisher technicians are fully qualified to service, install and commission fire extinguishers in accordance with BS5306 Part 3, 8 and Part 9. These standards cover:

  • Fire Extinguisher installations and equipment on premises.
  • Selection and positioning of portable Fire Extinguishers
  • Recharging of Fire Extinguishers.

Castle Fire Ltd are a BAFE Registered Company and our technicians are all BAFE Registered.

We would not recommend our clients buy fire extinguishers online. 

BS5306 Part 8 states that Fire Extinguishers should be commissioned and installed by a qualified technician on initial positioning.  This cannot be achieved with an online purchase.  Fire Extinguishers purchased online would need to be serviced and commissioned by our technicians at first service.  This may result in the fire extinguishers having to be discharged and refilled to ensure that it is safe to use.  The means that purchasing fire extinguishers online can work out more expensive in the long run.

WATER, WATER SPRAY
 

CLASS: A FIRES

Water and Water Spray extinguishers are most suitable for Class A fires where the combustible material is mainly wood, paper or textiles.
They work by cooling the fire until the fire is fully extinguished. Water and Water Spray Fire Extinguishers are not suitable for use on electrical fires, burning liquid fires, gaseous fires, or cooking oil fires.

  • 3 litre, 6 litre and 9 litre size
  • Controlled discharge
  • Kite marked to BS EN3: 1996.
CARBON DIOXIDE

CLASS: B FIRES

These are the best extinguishers to use on fires involving live electrical equipment.
They work by removing the oxygen thus extinguishing the fire.  Carbon dioxide has no cooling effect on a fire so care must be taken to avoid reignition.Carbon dioxide extinguishers are most suitable for modern offices.

  • 2 kg and 5kg size
  • Controlled discharge
  • Kite marked to BS EN3: 1996.
FOAM (AFFF)
  

CLASS: A, B FIRES

Foam Fire Extinguishers can be used on

  • Class A Fires – involving wood, paper and textiles
  • Class B Fires – involving liquids or liquefiable solids (motor oil, lubricating oils, petrol and paints.)

On Class A Fires the extinguisher works by cooling the fire until it is fully extinguished

On Class B Fires the extinguisher works by forming a film on top of the burning liquid.  This film removes the supply of oxygen to the fuel of the fire and cools the liquid and surrounding areas down.

  • 3 Litre, 6 Litre and 9 Litre size
  • Controlled Discharge
  • Kite Marked to BS EN3 1996
DRY POWDER (MULTIPURPOSE)

CLASS: A, B, C, FIRES

Multi purpose dry powder fire extinguishers can be used to extinguish

  • Class A Fires – involving wood, paper and textiles
  • Class B Fires – involving liquids or liquefiable solids (motor oil, lubricating oils, petrol and paints.
  • Class C Fire – involving gases.
  • They can also be used on fires involving electrical equipment.

The extinguisher works by chemically inhibiting the fire.  When using the fire extinguisher to put out fires involving burning liquids, the operator needs to be aware that the fire extinguisher does not cool the liquid, and therefore re-ignition could be possible.

  • 1kg, 2kg, 3kg, 4kg, 6kg, 9kg and 12kg
  • Controlled Discharge
  • Kitemarked to BS EN3 1996

Warning

Dry Powder Extinguishers should NOT be used on cooking oil fires.  Cooking Oil Fires should be extinguished using a Wet Chemical Fire Extinguisher.

WET CHEMICAL
   

CLASS: F FIRES

A unique solution of potassium contained in these extinguishers attack the flame.
A cooling mist then helps stop the fire from spreading.
Wet chemical extinguishers can also prevent splashing from hot oils or fats and are suitable for kitchens and other cooking facilities.

  • 2 litre and 6 litre size
  • Controlled discharge
  • Kite marked to BS EN3: 1996.
CLASS D DRY POWDER
 

CLASS: D FIRES

These extinguishers use special powders based on graphite, copper and sodium chloride and are designed specifically for fires involving combustible metals such as lithium, magnesium, sodium or aluminium in swarf or powder form.
They are not suitable for use on live electrical fires and should not be used in small spaces because of the risk of inhalation.

POLISHED CO2

CLASS:  B FIRES

These are the best extinguishers to use on fires involving live electrical equipment.
They work by removing the oxygen thus extinguishing the fire.  Carbon dioxide has no cooling effect on a fire so care must be taken to avoid reignition.Carbon dioxide extinguishers are most suitable for modern offices.

  • 2 kg and 5kg size
  • Controlled discharge
FOAM (AFFF)
Amx-6lt-foam-polished

CLASS: A, B FIRES

Foam Fire Extinguishers can be used on

  • Class A Fires – involving wood, paper and textiles
  • Class B Fires – involving liquids or liquefiable solids (motor oil, lubricating oils, petrol and paints.)

On Class A Fires the extinguisher works by cooling the fire until it is fully extinguished

On Class B Fires the extinguisher works by forming a film on top of the burning liquid.  This film removes the supply of oxygen to the fuel of the fire and cools the liquid and surrounding areas down.

  • 6 Litre and 9 Litre size
  • Controlled Discharge

TYPES OF FIRE EXTINGUISHER

Not all fire extinguishers are the same.
You need the right type of extinguisher to hand to put out flames safely. There are dozens of different hand held extinguishers on the market. Choosing the wrong one can actually cause a fire to spread, re-ignite or explode. No single fire extinguisher is suitable for all types of fire.
We’ll provide you with the correct type of extinguisher for each location in your property to keep you, your people and your premises safe from harm.

FIGHTING THE FIRE 

Fire extinguishers all contain the following pictorals, to give the user guidance on their use in the case of an emergency.

 Class A Fires involving solid materials (Wood, Paper and Textiles)

  Class B Fires involving liquids or liquefiable solids (motor oil, lubricating oils, petrol, paints)

 Class C Fires involving gases (propane, methane)

 Class D Fires involving metals (magnesium, sodium, potassium)

 Class F Fires involving cooking oils

Fires involving electrical equipment

MAINTENANCE AND SERVICING

Regular maintenance of fire extinguishers is essential to make sure they are ready for action the moment they are needed.

Our expert team is made up of only fully qualified and BAFE registered technicians who undertake comprehensive fire extinguisher servicing to ensure your equipment is in line with British Standards 5306 pt3, pt8 and pt9.

Correct servicing may prolong the life of fire extinguishers – and our aim is to maintain rather than replace.

For more information, speak to one of our team on 01539 722 500 or send an email to: info@castlefire.co.uk 

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