Safety in the workplace is not only an obvious requirement but a legal one too. Before you purchase a fire extinguisher you need to consider where and what kind of fire is most likely to start. Not all fire extinguishers are suited to all situations so it’s important that you’re informed what is going to be best for you and your company.
We’ve created a fastfact so you know how to choose a fire extinguisher.
The CO2 Fire Extinguisher doesn’t leave any residue which makes it perfect for sensitive computer and electrical equipment fires. The reason this extinguisher is called a “CO2” is because it contains non-flammable carbon dioxide gas. Carbon dioxide extinguishers works by extinguishing the oxygen the fire is using to grow.
Dry Powder fire extinguishers contain dry powder and can be carried to allow portability in urgent situations. Powder based extinguishers work by preventing chemical reactions created with fuel, heat and oxygen. This makes the extinguisher suited to high risk environments or where the fire hazards are caused by mixed materials, such as those that involve flammable gases or fuels.
An AB(E) Fire Extinguisher is suitable for multiple fire hazard situations. It’s name is indicative of the kind of fires it is suitable for. Class A, which is paper, wood or cardboard like materials, Class B, which is solvents, fuels, paint and class E, which is electrical fires. The ABE Fire Extinguisher is a dry powder extinguisher but due to it’s size can take on larger hazards than just the dry powder fire extinguisher.