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The Location of Fire Extinguishers

Every second counts in an emergency, so the location of your fire extinguishers is extremely important. They need to be somewhere that’s visible and easy to get to. For most buildings, the first place you should consider fixing an extinguisher is by the main entrance/exit. This would make it one of the most obvious places to find fire fighting equipment. Other places to fix extinguishers would be fire exit doors, and at the top and bottom of staircases. When positioning fire extinguishers, make sure that people who...
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How To Dispose of a Used Fire Extinguisher

Whether you’ve just used and emptied a fire extinguisher, or if it’s coming up to its expiry date, it’s important to think about how you’re going to dispose of it. Firstly, never get rid of a fire extinguisher by just throwing it away. The pressurised container is potentially dangerous if crushed. In some regions, local authorities and privately owned recycling centres will accept fire extinguishers. Depending on the extinguisher type, as each extinguisher contains different substances and the chemicals used can be harmful if dumped. Read more

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...
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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?

4 different medium fire extinguishers, water, foam, co2 and powderRecently 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...
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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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