What is the Best Fire Extinguisher?
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FireShield Pro ABC Dry Powder Fire Extinguisher Review
Fireshield are a home-grown fire safety company based in the heart of South West England. They have provided a comprehensive range of specialist fire safety equipment since 1993 to private, trade and council clients, and are full members of the British Approvals for Fire Equipment scheme.
We took a look at the Fireshield Pro dry powder extinguisher, and really liked the fact that it offers the full functionality of their larger models in a package that’s small enough to mount in the back of a car or caravan for use when it’s really needed.
It’s the best fire extinguisher for home, car and caravan use in this size that we’ve tested. It’s BS EN3 and CE certified, has a five-year warranty and is suitable for type A, B and C fires.
Kidde KS Multi-Purpose Fire Extinguisher Review
Kidde are one of the best established and one of the world’s largest manufacturers of fire safety products. With over a hundred years of experience in fire detection and suppression, there isn’t much they don’t know about fire safety.
Weighing in at 1 kg, this Kidde fire extinguisher is half the size of some of the bigger extinguishers on the list, but just as capable with an impressive eight-second discharge and four-meter range, which is essential when you need to stay back from a hot fire.
This small extinguisher one of the best fire extinguishers for car travel, because it packs a punch in a small package, perfect for stowing away in the car boot for if the unthinkable happens. It’s rated to deal with A, B and C fires and is BSI certified to BS EN3 standards.
Super Help SH2400 Fire Stop Small Fire Extinguisher Review
Super Help have made it their business to assist motorist by producing a useful range of driving accessories and safety devices for when you’re on the road. From wheel trims to European driving kits, they have your safety and security in mind.
This ultra-light and portable fire extinguisher holds a lot of firefighting power in a package not that much bigger than a domestic deodorant can. This is one of the best small fire extinguishers for stashing in a drawer, tent, boat or caravan that is there when you need it but doesn’t take up too much valuable space.
It comes with the added bonuses of being non-toxic, environmentally safe and ozone friendly, so you can fight fires without damaging the planet.
FSS UK ABC Powder British Standard Fire Extinguisher with Fire Blanket Review
FSS UK are another fire safety company based in Hampshire who provide guidance on fire risk assessments and produce an impressive range of the best fire extinguishers for the UK market.
We tested out their dry powder fire extinguisher that’s suited for dealing with small fires on petrol, oil, gas, paint, furniture, wood, solvents and electrical equipment specifically.
The first thing to say is that you are supplied with an entire fire safety kit, with a quality CE marked fire blanket included to supplement the full 2 kg dry powder extinguisher.
This FSS extinguisher is the best fire extinguisher for the kitchen when used in conjunction with the blanket, as it’s the best fire safety choice for tackling pan fires and other kitchen fires. Along with the wall-mounted bracket, this pair of fire safety devices are on hand for when they’re needed.
Fire Extinguisher Buyer’s Guide
It’s one of those few things that you buy but hope to never use. The best fire extinguisher needs to be able to tackle a domestic fire, whatever it’s caused by, but keep safely out of sight when not in use.
Which extinguisher type is suitable for what fire?
Fire safety products will have clear markings on them that state what type of fire they are designed to tackle. Usually referred to as A, B, C or F fires, they are often colour coded as well.
Water Red, class A. Suitable for fighting fires on wood, paper or textiles
Dry Powder Blue, class A, B or C. Suitable for fighting fires on wood, paper or textiles, flammable liquids, gaseous fires and live electrical equipment
Foam Cream, class A & B. Suitable for fighting fires on wood, paper or textiles and flammable liquids
CO2 Black, class B. Suitable for fighting fires on flammable liquids and live electrical equipment
Wet Chemical Yellow, class A & F. Suitable for fighting fires on wood, paper or textiles and cooking oil fires
How to use a fire extinguisher?
Before installing a fire extinguisher, it’s essential that you read the instructions on your fire safety equipment carefully and familiarise yourself with how to operate it safely. Not all fire safety devices are the same, but the best fire extinguisher should be easy to use.
Unlock the fire extinguisher by pulling the pin or disengaging the safety mechanism.
Point the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire, where it is hottest and where the combustion is situated.
Squeeze the handle to release the firefighting powder, liquid, gas or foam. Sweep it across the base of the fire until it is out.
What fire extinguisher should not be used in confined spaces?
Always read the instructions on the side of the fire safety device. It will clearly state what fire it is suitable for tackling, and also what types of fire to avoid. CO2 fire extinguishers should never be used in confined spaces, because the CO2 that stifles the fire will also lessen the amount of breathable oxygen in the air.
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