Needs of Fire Extinguisher

Fire is a threat that each business requires a basic comprehension of; equally whilst legislation varies with the nation the basics of fire safety stay constant.

Within the UK and Europe, Fire Risk Assessments are currently legal requirements replacing the old steps of the certificate by local Fire Authorities. Fire risk assessments are the first step in knowing your security needs – looking at the way you stop fires starting, the best way to stop them spreading and the way people are able to escape from the office.

Within the risk assessment – or indeed in your overall security measures – you want to think about fire extinguishers.

For many businesses, we can split Fire Extinguisher Design (which is also known as “ออกแบบระบบดับเพลิง” in the Thai language) into 4 types – each designed for particular kinds of fire. In the UK most are demarked with a colored band for quick reference

Water Extinguishers (Red or Red Band) – Designed for overall fires – NOT acceptable for fuel, gas or electrical fires.

Foam Extinguishers – Ordinarily a Cream Band – Designed mainly for chemical and oil fires. They’ll extinguish general fires but make a good deal of mess in the procedure. They aren’t acceptable for electrical fires.

CO2 – Carbon Dioxide – Black Band – Will work on any fire; although made mainly for electric fires.

Dry Powder – Blue Band – Will work on any fire but chiefly intended for chemical, gas and oil fires.



Given this, we can see we will need to take into account the kinds of extinguisher we’ve got within the workplace to be certain they’re acceptable for the fires they could be needed for.

General Offices – Ordinarily Water with some CO2. The dangers will mainly be regular paper, carpeting type fires but the assortment of modern electric items in the workplace means we ought to have CO2 there also.

Garages/Workshops – You will still need water and CO2 as a foundation – but Foam or Dry Powder should also be stocked.


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