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Which Fire Extinguisher Is Correct For Each Sector?

By October 22, 2023No Comments

Which Fire Extinguisher Is Correct For Each Sector?

If you are looking to protect your business from a fire, then a fire extinguisher is something that is highly recommended. A fire extinguisher will play a vital role in acting as a first line of defence against the breakout and spread of a fire. By using the correct fire extinguisher in the right way, you will not only protect your premises. You will also protect your employees, visitors within the business and your contents too.

It is essential that you have the correct fire extinguishers in place with your business. You also need to ensure that those within your business know how and when to use fire extinguishers to reduce the risk of a fire spreading. This way your business premises can be protected in case of a fire emergency.

You may not know the correct fire extinguisher for your business. There is no set rule as to which fire extinguisher a general business requires. This is because it is dependent on the nature of the work you do, the sector your business is in and the working environments within the business. Different workplaces have different fire risks. This is why different fire extinguishers are required.

If you were to use the wrong fire extinguisher in case of a fire, this could do more harm than good. This is why you need to ensure you have the current fire extinguisher for your business sector and industry.

In this blog post we give you a brief overview of which fire extinguisher you may need for some of the most popular sectors. If you’re still not sure, call our team of fire extinguisher engineers. They’ll be happy to answer any questions that you might have.

Construction Fire Extinguishers

If you use wood, waste material, flammable liquids or electrical fires you will need a dry powder extinguisher. A wet chemical fire extinguisher will be needed if you use cooking oils, deep fat fryers in an onsite canteen or have on-site cooking facilities, for example.

Education Fire Extinguishers

It’s likely that you’ll be using paper, wood, textile and plastics. This means you will need a water, foam, powder and / or wet chemical fire extinguisher. A wet chemical extinguisher will also be needed for cooking oils or deep fat fryers that might be used in the school kitchen. If you have a science lab within the school you will have fire risks from the flammable gasses used such as propane, butane and methane. For these fire risks you will need a dry power extinguisher. You may also need a water extinguisher to tackle open fires caused from Bunsen burners. It’s likely you will have electrical equipment throughout the school. Tackle fires caused by this equipment you will need a carbon dioxide and / or a dry powder fire extinguisher.

Factory And Warehouse Fire Extinguishers.

You are likely to have electrical equipment within the premises that could have machinery faults. To tackle fires of this sort you will need a dry powder extinguisher. You may also have flammable substances such as petrol or paint thinners. To manage fires from these fuels you will need a foam, carbon dioxide and / or powder fire extinguisher.

If you need new fire extinguishers installed, or existing extinguishers maintained and serviced, call our fire extinguisher engineers now. They’ll be only too happy to help.