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How To Safely Use A Fire Extinguisher

Fire extinguishers are designed to tackle smaller fires only. When faced with this kind of emergency, usually your best bet is to evacuate the area. However, if you have received fire extinguisher training and have the confidence to do so, proceed to extinguish the fire. Note that this article doesn’t count as training in itself –  Ace Fire can provide fire extinguisher training. Upon discovering and tackling a fire, the PASS method acronym can be useful in the safe operation of a fire extinguisher. Pull out...
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Fire Regulation in Schools – What You Need To Know

Fire safety in schools is a highly legislated area with a variety of guidelines and regulations in place. This guide will help you negotiate the regulations and find out what you need to know, either as a student, teacher or employee. Schools present a number of challenges from a fire safety point of view. Schools will generally have all kinds of fire risks from  bunsen burners in chemistry class to running large-scale air conditioning and heating and IT systems. In addition managing large numbers of pupils...
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Fire Extinguishers VS Fire Blankets

When it comes to kitchen fires, some people may be wondering – what’s better, a fire extinguisher, or a fire blanket? It all depends on the type of fire. A fire blanket is safer for smothering smaller pan fires, extinguishing the fire. However, a fire extinguisher is better to use when you can’t get close the fire. The main fire extinguisher recommended for use in commercial kitchens is a Wet Chemical Extinguisher, as these are used for Class F fires (fires involving cooking oil, fat or...
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The Different Types of Fire Extinguishers

It’s important to make sure that you have installed and are maintaining the correct type of fire extinguishers for your building, as fire extinguishers are an important part of fire safety provisions. To gain more knowledge on safely using these extinguishers, we recommend Ace Fire’s fire extinguisher training course. Before going through the extinguishers available we should take a look at the classification of fires according to the European standard. Class A Fires are fires involving flammable solids,...
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CO2 Extinguishers & Frostbite

The photo shows what a Carbon Dioxide (CO2) extinguisher looks like. If you have one, try picking it up and pretend you are fighting a fire with it. Did you hold the black tube (or horn) to steady it whilst in use? Then by now your hand would be frozen onto the horn! As the liquid in the extinguisher escapes and turns into gas, it freezes and rapidly cools the horn. Although it is possible to get anti-frost horns, they are hard to identify so...
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What if we have a fire?

Hopefully you will never have to say that. If you do though, suddenly a fire extinguisher may be all that can save your business from ruin. Do you have your extinguishers professionally checked at least annually? Often they can stand in the corner of a room, forgotten for years. But when your business is burning down and you desperately need that extinguisher, it must WORK! Do not rely on their pressure gauges either – usually they are OK but do you want to find out yours is...
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Why do your Fire Extinguishers seem more expensive than on the Internet?

Four extinguishers for WEBRecently a prospective client (they are now a customer) told us he spotted a fire extinguisher for £12.25 on the Internet and could we match that? I investigated and found it was extra for commissioning (i.e. checking to ensure no transit damage & assembling it) plus installation taking the cost to over £33. Then some small print added an attendance/call-out charge taking the total to over £56. This is very substantially higher than our...
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Why service fire extinguishers?

Fire Extinguishers ServicingMust I have my extinguishers serviced? If you already have extinguishers, BS5306-3 2009 states they should be serviced at least annually. This becomes even more critical if you have people sleeping on your business premises such as an HMO (House in Multiple Occupancy) or Residential/Nursing Home. In essence, businesses are expected to provide their employees and customers with a safe environment. If a fire occurred and loss of life or injury resulted, then suddenly, proving you...
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Do I need Fire Safety Signs in my premises?

fire-exitFire Safety Legislation (the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005) requires that a Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) is completed by any employer. The ‘Responsible Person’ (you?) who effects this for your workplace will specify what signs you require and where they should be located. Effecting such FRA’s is a service we offer our customers incidentally. Literally hundreds of signs are available covering a wide range of areas. Directional signs clearly pointing you towards Fire Exits in emergencies. Instructional...
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Which extinguishers do I use on which types of fire?

trainingRecently, with our clients agreement, I joined one of our on-site Fire Safety Training Courses as a delegate. First John showed a couple of scarily thought-provoking fire-related videos, then straight outside for some hands-on stuff! Learning about combustion and Class A to F fires plus when to use water, foam, powder, carbon dioxide (CO2) etc. extinguishers to best effect, was enlightening. Then we used extinguishers on an improvised yard fire to bring all the theory into reality. We...
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