Different Types of Fire Extinguishers part 1 of 2

We often get asked the question what are the different types of extinguishers and when should these be used. So over the next couple of blog posts we plan to share all that information with you.
Firstly we think we should address the uses of extinguishers. Each fire is given a category and you will be advised by your risk assessment which category extinguisher you require. Our guide below gives a rough overview, but it is always best to seek advice from a professional before purchasing.
Different types of extinguishers and what fires they tackle
1. Water
This again can be split as there are 3 main types
• Water – can be used for fires such as materials like paper, plastics, wood cloth etc
• Water with Additives- The additives in the water make the extinguishers up to 30{a239b2aa571ef05ae9c516dc5a5d09b277caf1d728620f61ac620869cf9df505} more efficient and can used to tackle fires as per the water.
• Water Dry Mist – As above, plus given the mist these should not conduct electricity and so can also be used for electrical fires (up to 1000 Volt, although still not recommended )
2. Powder
• Dry Powder – Can be used for fires such as oils, paints, greace and fats, plus gas fires but not fat pan.
• Dry Powder(special materials) – Specifically designed for combustible metals such as aluminium, lithium, , sodium or magnesium when in the form of swarf or powder.
3. Foam
• Can be used for paint, petrol or most solid or liquid fires, but not fat pan fires.
4. Carbon Dioxide
• Can be used for live electrical fires such as computer servers
5. Wet Chemical
• Can be used for cooking fires such as oil or fat

Unsure which? Why not call the Fire FM team now on 01582 668500 and we can offer some expert advice