It is a British Standard requirement that fire extinguishers are either wall hung or placed on a stand. This is to ensure that fire extinguishers are kept in the correct location and to deter unauthorized movement. There are two main types of brackets to suit most fire extinguishers; Lug and J brackets.
Lug brackets are specifically designed for CO2 fire extinguishers. They are shaped similarly to a letter “L” with a slight lip for the extinguisher to hook on to. Usually, portable CO2 fire extinguishers are available in 2kg and 5kg sizes, of which the lug bracket for the 5kg CO2 fire extinguisher tends to be larger than the bracket for the 2kg CO2 fire extinguisher. This is to accommodate the difference in cylinder size. We also offer aluminium and plastic wall brackets for anti-magnetic CO2 fire extinguishers used near sensitive scanning equipment in hospitals.
J brackets are suitable for most makes of powder, water and foam fire extinguishers. Units are hooked on to the J bracket by a loop that is typically found on the back of the extinguisher cylinder. Both Lug and J brackets are available in our extinguisher bracket section and are sold in packs of 20.
Unlike other types of fire extinguishers, CO2 extinguishers feature a discharge horn as opposed to a hose. When a standard CO2 extinguisher horn is installed, it is fitted semi-tight, so that it can be swivelled but still holds itself in the chosen position. This is because during operation, the CO2 extinguishing agent causes a standard CO2 horn to frost over. If the horn is held during this time, it can potentially injure the user through freeze burn. An even better solution to this problem is to buy CO2 extinguishers with frost-free horns. These can safely be touched when fighting the fire, giving the user a lot more control when deploying the extinguisher. All Safelincs 2kg CO2 extinguishers have frost-free horns as standard.
Although the standard swivel horn is a popular choice and an economical solution, it does not have the necessary characteristics to protect the user from freeze burn injuries. The frost free horn is double lined and therefore has the insulation to eliminate these risks should the user accidentally hold on to the fire extinguisher horn during discharge.
5kg CO2 fire extinguishers are much larger in size and the discharge component for this is a hose and horn assembly. This does not have a frost free-horn, however, the horn features an integrated handle for safe use during operation.
Should you wish to upgrade the horns on any 2kg CO2 extinguisher to the frost free double lined horns these can be found in the tools and spares section of the website.
A common source of confusion can be the difference between Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2). Both gases are colourless, tasteless and invisible, but the similarity ends there. We have put together the following guide to help you recognise the differences.
CO– Carbon Monoxide
Carbon Monoxide is produced by the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. CO can be produced by boilers, open fires and vehicles and is very toxic even at low levels. Detection of any level of CO warrants concern and the source should be identified as soon as possible.
In a residential setting Carbon Monoxide is the most pressing concern because levels as low 50ppm will harm you and just 700ppm (parts per million) can be life threatening. Initial symptoms of poisoning include headaches, nausea and breathlessness. The only way to detect CO is by installing a Carbon Monoxide Alarm.
CO2– Carbon Dioxide
Carbon Dioxide can be produced in a variety of natural ways. CO2 is a natural by-product of combustion and we all exhale it every day. It even has uses as diverse as giving drinks their fizz and extinguishing fires. Carbon Dioxide is not harmful in itself but an excess of CO2 (above 3%) in an enclosed environment can lead to asphyxiation by reducing the level of oxygen available.
Carbon Dioxide detectors are usually used in commercial premises for example breweries or laboratories. Whilst CO2 poisoning is something to be aware of it is unlikely to happen in a home environment.
As you can see, although their names are similar, the dangers posed by each gas are very different. It is important to be aware of the characteristics of each as they can both be harmful. The only way to be sure of staying safe is to make sure you have the appropriate detector fitted wherever you are.
The new ECO Range of refurbished CO2 fire extinguishers from Ultrafire are the perfect solution for customers looking to protect themselves from class B fires and potential electrical fires without spending a fortune.
Produced in accordance with BAFE (British Approvals for Fire Equipment) the Ultrafire ECO CO2 fire extinguishers are of the highest refurb quality. The principles of refurbished CO2 fire extinguishers provide environmentally friendly results, CO2 being a ‘clean gas’ and recycling the bodies of CO2 cylinders for a second, third and fourth use reduces the manufacturing of new aluminium bodies.
The low cost of the Ultrafire ECO Refurb CO2 Fire Extinguishers is also another very attractive angle on these units, at just £17.69 ex VAT for the 2kg model and £39.590 ex VAT for the 5kg extinguisher.
View our full range of CO2 fire extinguishers to see what extinguisher best suits your requirements!