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Fire Extinguishers

Your First Line of Defence
A portable fire extinguisher is one of the best and most cost-effective defenses against property damage from a fire. Many fires are relatively small from the onset and can be extinguished by the use of portable fire extinguishers.

Fire extinguishers can often be the first line of defence for your business. With the huge variety available, you need to be sure that the extinguishers you have will fight the type of fire that starts, and they’re in perfect working order when you need them.

When used properly, portable fire extinguishers save lives and property by extinguishing a small fire or containing one until the fire department arrives. Notification of the fire department as soon as a fire is discovered is strongly recommended. This notification should not be delayed by awaiting results of the use of a portable fire extinguisher.

At Stars Fire & Safety, we offer a full range of portable fire extinguishers for every fire scenario, regardless of type or size. We partner with the nation’s leading manufacturers of commercial grade portable fire extinguishers in order to provide you with the best and most dependable for portable fire extinguisher for your application.

Stars Fire & Safety can assist you with making the right choice. We appreciate the opportunity to install, service, and test & inspect your portable fire extinguishers.

 

Water
Water is the most commonly used extinguisher for Class A fires involving carbonaceous materials such as wood, paper textile. Water extinguishers cool the fire by removing the heat needed to sustain burning.

Advantages: Water is usually inexpensive and readily available. It is an effective extinguishant for Class A fires.

Disadvantages: Water is only suitable for Class A fires. It may be dangerous on other classes of fires and must not be used on fires involving energized electrical equipment.

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Foam
Foam fire extinguishers with additive, have the effect of improving a water based extinguisher, enabling it to fight Class A and Class B fires.

Advantages: Foam provides a lasting blanket to control the fire after the extinguisher discharge is complete. It can be used as a vapour-suppression barrier over flammable liquid spills.

Disadvantages: The extinguisher is an aqueous solution which requires to be cleaned up after use, particularly on painted surfaces, and must not be used on fires involving energized electrical equipment.

Wet Chemical
Wet Chemical extinguishers contain a special potassium acetate based agent for use on fires involving cooking oils or fats.

Advantages: This extinguisher provides rapid knockdown of fires involving cooking oils or fats and provides a lasting foam blanket to control the fire after the extinguisher discharge is complete.

Disadvantages: The solution is usually alkaline, and consequently will corrode some metals, especially aluminum. It may also irritate eyes and skin. Prompt clean up is advised. It must not be used on fires involving energized electrical equipment.

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Dry Chemical
Multipurpose ABE powder is a versatile extinguishant which is used to extinguish Class A (carbonaceous) fires achieved by sealing burning embers, it is also used on Class B (flammable liquid) fires and Class E (electrical) fires.

Advantages: Powder provides a rapid ‘knock-down’ for a range of fires types. When dry it may be cleaned up with a vacuum cleaner.

Disadvantages: On discharge, the extinguisher forms a dense cloud of powder which may temporarily restrict vision and may cause respiratory irritation. AB(E) powder, when it contacts very hot objects, can melt and form a film which may be difficult to remove. After initial ‘knock-down’, it gives no protection against re-ignition of flammable liquid fires. While B(E) powder is not effective on class A fires, AB(E) powder is not effective on fires involving cooking oils and fats.

Carbon Dioxide
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is used on Class B (flammable liquid) fires. CO2 is safe to be used on live electrical fires. CO2 fire extinguishers are available in a variety of sizes with light weight aluminium cylinders.

Advantages: Carbon Dioxide leaves no residue, is safe for use on fires involving energized electrical equipment, and is effective on fires in locations such as semi-sealed enclosures, which cannot be readily penetrated by non-gaseous extinguishants. It is the preferred extinguishant for use for in electronic environments.

Disadvantages: Carbon Dioxide has very poor ‘knock-down’, short discharge range and is almost totally ineffective in the presence of significant air movements. Because it displaces oxygen, atmospheres containing enough carbon dioxide to extinguish a fire do not contain enough oxygen to support life and could kill by asphyxiation. The carbon dioxide fire extinguisher discharges forming a cloud of very cold gas and some solids (dry ice). It produces a loud noise during discharge that may startle inexperienced operators.

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We offer a wide range of marking signs, hand-held and wheeled fire extinguishers meeting the most stringent quality standards.
Fire extinguishers can often be the first line of defence for your business. With the huge variety available, you need to be sure that the extinguishers you have will fight the type of fire that starts, and they’re in perfect working order when you need them.

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