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CO2 Fire Extinguishers… are Suitable for Class B & C Fires, Involving Flammable Liquids and Electrical Risks.

CO2 Fire Extinguishers UK – Colour Black – Class B & C Fires.

CO2 Fire Extinguishers are suitable for class B & C fires involving flammable liquids and for electrical risks, due to its non-damaging very effective performance.

CO2 is harmless to electrical equipment and materials, so it is ideal for electronic risks such as computers, fax, switch gear etc. and fires caused by the combustion of liquids such as, petrol oils, fats, spirits or solvents.

CO2 Fire Extinguisher Equipment in the UKcomes in a variety of types and contains carbon dioxide, a non-flammable gas, stored under pressure as a liquid. Discharge time is between 12-60 seconds – variable according to size and type.

Some incorporate a check control device, for maintenance verification. The gas is delivered by hose and non-conductive anti-static horn, which is available double-lined to eliminate the risk of injury to hands. Easy lever activation and lightweight cylinders for easy application.

Application- Read the instructions and make yourself familiar with HOW TO USE IT. Don’t leave it until you have a fire!  

  • Method and operating instructions are as for dry powder.
  • Remove the safety pin and squeeze the levers to operate.
  • Do not hold the horn as it becomes extremely cold during use.
  • Aim the jet at the base of the flames and quickly sweep it from side to side.
  • On fires in containers or spilled liquid, aim the jet or horn towards the near side of the fire and with a fast sweeping motion, propel the fire towards the far edge until the flames are extinguished.
  • If flowing liquid is on fire, direct the spray at the base of the flames then upwards.
  • On electrical fires, switch off the current, then aim the jet directly at the fire.
  • As soon as the fire appears to be extinguished, wait until the air clears, then if flame is still visible discharge again.
  • CO2 extinguishers should NOT be used in confined places, as it is dangerous to inhale the fumes.

How do CO2 Extinguishers Work? The effect of the carbon dioxide gas is to smother the flames within seconds, by shutting of air to the fire, which keeps damage to a minimum.

CO2 extinguishers contain carbon dioxide, a non-flammable gas, stored under pressure as a liquid.On release, the carbon dioxide rapidly expands to a mist of minute particles of dry ice.

This “snow” absorbs the heat while the vapour smothers the fire, and the temperature is reduced to suppress re-ignition.The vapour is able to spread throughout the whole area of the fire, including any electrical equipment or cabinets.

All fire extinguishers should be sited in a conspicuous position on a wall, (brackets are usually supplied) or on a stand; they should have a sign above to identify the extinguisher type and application.

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance is Important.- You should inspect your fire extinguishers at least once a month and have them serviced once a year or as recommended by the manufacturer.

Fire extinguishers should be pressure tested after a number of years in use, to ensure that the cylinder is still safe. Consult your extinguisher manual, the label, or the manufacturer to find out when yours need testing.

N.B.The colour coding of fire extinguishers has changed.- The NEW types now comply with the European Standard BS EN3. They have red bodies with a section of colour, up to 5% of the surface, to indicate the contents of the extinguisher.

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