Fire Extinguisher Ratings Explained
All quality fire extinguishers that comply with the modern manufacturing standard BS EN 3, will be printed with a code that gives the ‘fire extinguisher rating’.
This rating helps you to understand which types of fires the extinguisher is capable of dealing with and helps risk assessors and business owners understand their fire extinguisher needs.
Fire Extinguisher Types and When to Use Them
There are multiple different kinds of fire extinguishers; each specialised to deal with a different class of fire. Different classes of fire require a different method to extinguished, some require smothering to remove oxygen, and some require the removal of heat. Here’s a quick guide to understanding when you should use each fire extinguisher.
Fire Suppression Mythbusters - Sprinkler Systems
Since their introduction in 1874, sprinklers have featured relatively heavily in film and television. They have been the method of escape, distraction, flood and damage in countless pieces across film and TV.
But has film and television tainted our view of sprinkler? Do we expect too much from them. As the responsible person, it’s your responsibility to understand how fire suppression techniques work.
Who is the responsible, competent and relevant person?
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the terms “Responsible Person”, ”Competent Person”, and “Relevant Person” are introduced. If you’re not sure who in your organisation is responsible for fire safety or are unsure as to your duties, we’re here to help provide the information you need to stay informed, safe and in control.
So how do you know if you’re the responsible, competent or relevant person?
5 Reasons Why Fire Extinguishers Need Regular Maintenance
Fire extinguishers perform a vital role in the suppression of small workplace fires. As one of the first lines of defence against fire, it is the responsibility of the business owner to ensure that all extinguishers are serviced in accordance with BS 5306-3:2009
Of course it’s also simply sensible to check on potentially life-saving devices regularly, but what are some of the reasons that a fire extinguisher might fail?