First of all I’ll talk about the various types of fire extinguishers and the color coding scheme a little bit. This plays in directly when you need fire extinguisher service, but a good rule of thumb is that you should have one full service done once a year. This is currently a constitutional necessity for UK companies.Do you want to learn more? Visit Fire Extinguisher Servicing.
Fires are graded in five classes
Class A is the first group: this class includes organic materials such as paper, wood, textiles and clothing
The second classification is Class B: This class is for flame-retardant liquids like gasoline
The third group is Class C: flammable gasses like acetylene, hydrogen and other gasses
The fourth class is Class D: if for fires involving flame retardant metals
A new class F is available: this class is for cooking grease fires and other liquids like it
Now that you know a little about how the fire extinguisher classes are set up, doing your fire extinguisher program each year should make a little more sense for you.
You are expected to do this annually, as I have said above. Service with fire extinguisher will give you peace of mind. In a company you will always have an extinguisher at the premises. Daily fire extinguisher service can ensure your equipment is working properly.
With all the different types of fire I’ve mentioned in the above article, it should become obvious that fighting a fire isn’t a simple thing. If you do regular service with a fire extinguisher, you can help keep a fire at bay until the professionals arrive on the scene.
How does the coding of colours?
Water type extinguishers are only for Class A fires, with a red label, and are warning red.
A Foam type extinguisher is for class A and B fires and is red above the operating instructions with a cream colored panel. A Dry Powder type extinguisher is used for class A, B , and C fires and is indicated as red with a blue panel above the instructions for operation. A fire extinguisher type Carbon Dioxide is for Class A and (limited) Class B fires, and is indicated red with a black panel above the operating instructions.
A Halon type fire extinguisher, this type is no longer in use in the UK, and has been used in the past for type A fires but is illegal to have. If you have one of these you need to plan for its immediate disposal. It is possible to use wet chemical extinguishers for class A fire, but they are really for class F fires. Which are marked in red with a yellow canary panel above the operating instructions. Special Powder type extinguishers are used on type D fires and are indicated in red with a French blue panel above the instructions for operation
In conclusion you are required to do fire extinguisher service. It’s only sensible to make sure your equipment is in top working order.