fire-extinguisher

Fire Extinguishers

Draper offers a complete range of extinguishers; British made, simple to operate, built to BAFE standards, EN3 colour coded, Kite Marked (your guarantee of quality reassurance and safety), plus a 1 year guarantee against defective materials or workmanship

Fire Extinguisher training can be arranged at the time of a service visit if required, or a bespoke day and time to suit.

  • Water Extinguishers – Class A fires
  • Dry Powder Extinguishers – Class A, B, C, electrical and vehicle
  • Wet Chemical Extinguishers – Class F & A fires
  • Carbon Dioxide CO2 Extinguishers – Class B and electrical fires
  • Foam (AFFF) Extinguishers – Class A, B
  • Fire Blankets

Fire Extinguisher Servicing

Draper specialises in the service of portable Extinguishers, Hose Reels, Trolley Units and Fire Blankets in accordance with British Standards and Amendments. All service work is certified.

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Fire extinguisher usage information

For a brief overview on how to use fire extinguishers in the event of an emergency please read our How to Use Fire Extinguishers page.

Water Extinguisher

water-fire-extinguisher

Colour
Red
Best For
Fires involving organic solid materials such as wood, cloth, paper, plastics, Coal etc.
Danger
Do not use on burning fat or oil or on electrical appliances
How to Use
Point the jet at the base of the flames and keep it moving across the area of the fire. Ensure that all areas of the fire are out.
How it Works
Water has a great effect on cooling the fuel surfaces and thereby reducing the pyrolysis rate of the fuel

Dry Powder Extinguisher. (Multi-Purpose)

power-fire-extinguisherColour
Blue
Best For
Can be used on fires involving organic solids, liquids such as grease, fats, oil, paint, petrol,etc but not on chip or fat pan fires.
Danger
Safe on live electrical equipment, although does not penetrate the spaces in equipment easily and the fire may re-ignite. This type of extinguisher does not cool the fire very well and care should be taken that the fire does not flare up again. Smoldering material in deep seated fires such as upholstery or bedding can cause the fire to start up again. Do not use on domestic chip or fat pan fires. Powder is not recommended for PSV vehicles / min buses / coaches / E range.
How to Use
Point the jet or discharge horn at the base of the flames and, with a rapid sweeping motion, drive the fire towards the far edge until all the flames are out. If the extinguisher has a shut-off control wait until the air clears and if you can still see the flames, attack the fire again.
How it Works
Similarly to almost all extinguishing agents the powders acts as a thermal ballast making the flames too cool for the chemical reactions to continue. Some powders also provide a minor chemical inhibition, although this effect is relatively weak. These powders thus provide rapid knockdown of flame fronts, but may not keep the fire suppressed.

Wet Chemical Extinguishers

wet-chemicals-fire-extinguisherColour
Canary Yellow
Best For
The specialist wet chemical extinguishers are ideal for Class F fires, involving cooking oils and fats, such as lard, olive oil, sunflower oil, maize oil and butter.
Danger
Check manufacturer’s instructions for suitability of use. These extinguishers are not recommended for home use.
How to Use
Apply the wet chemical using the extended applicator in slow circular movements, which give a gentle, yet highly effective application. Apply the fine spray onto the burning fat until the surface of the burning cooking oil changes into a soapy like substance, this then prevents re-ignition. The gentle application helps prevent hot oil splashing onto the user.
How it Works
Most class F extinguishers contain a solution of potassium acetate, sometimes with some potassium citrate or potassium bicarbonate. The extinguishers spray the agent out as a fine mist. The mist acts to cool the flame front, while the potassium salts saponify the surface of the burning cooking oil, producing a layer of foam over the surface. This solution thus provides a similar blanketing effect to a foam extinguisher, but with a greater cooling effect. The saponification only works on animal fats and vegetable oils, so class F extinguishers cannot be used for class B fires. The misting also helps to prevent splashing the blazing oil. Tests have established that a 6 litre extinguisher is capable of extinguishing a fire in a 75 litre capacity deep fat fryer. The extinguisher is easy to use producing a gentle but highly effective spray.

Foam Extinguisher (AFFF)

Foam Fire ExtinguisherColour
Cream
Best For
Fires involving solids. Liquids such as grease, fats, oil, paint, petrol,etc but not on domestic chip or fat pan fires. Is also recommended for use in vehicular enginebay fires (concealed fires) Can be used on class A fires but not recommended.
Danger
Do not use on domestic chip or fat pan fires.
How to Use
For fires involving solids, point the jet at the base of the flames and keep it moving across the area of the fire. Ensure that all areas of the fire are out. For fire involving liquids, do not aim the jet straight into the liquid. Where the liquid on fire is in a container, point the jet at the inside edge of the container or on a nearby surface above the burning liquid. Allow the foam to build up and flow across the liquid.
How it Works
They are mainly water based, with a foaming agent so that the foam can float on top of the burning liquid and break the interaction between the flames and the fuel surface.

Carbon Di-Oxide Extinguisher

Carbon Dioxide Fire ExtinguisherColour
Black
Best For
Live electrical equipment when it is not possible to isolate the electric supply and flammable liquids such as grease, fats, oil paint, petrol etc. but not on domestic chip or fat pan fires.
Danger
Do not use on domestic chip or fat pan fires. This type of extinguisher does not cool the fire very well and you need to watch that the fire does not start up again. Fumes from CO2 extinguishers can be harmful if used in confined spaces: ventilate the area as soon as the fire has been controlled.
How to Use
The discharge horn should be directed at the base of the flames and the jet kept moving across the area of the fire.
How it Works
Carbon dioxide extinguisher works on class B and works by suffocating the fire. Carbon dioxide will not burn and displaces air.

Fire Blankets

Fire Blanket InformationFire Blanket Fire blankets are made of fire resistant materials. They are particularly useful for smothering flammable liquid fires or for wrapping round a person whose clothing is on fire. Fire blankets conforming to British Standard BS EN 1869 : 1997 are suitable for use in the home BS 7944 : 1999 is suitable for industrial use. These will be marked to show whether they should be thrown away after use or used again after cleaning in accordance with the manufacturers instructions.
Best For
Fires involving both solids and liquids. Particularly good for small fires in clothing and for domestic or commercial chip and fat pan fires provided the blanket completely covers the fire.
Danger
If the blanket does not completely cover the fire, it will not be able to extinguished the fire.
How to Use
Place carefully over the fire. Keep your hands shielded from the fire. Do not waft the fire towards you.
How it Works
Smothers the fireand prevent oxygen getting to the fire.

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