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.
In our short series of introductions to fire extinguisher servicing tools we are featuring the fire extinguisher pump gauge tester which is used by engineers to make sure that the pressure gauge of stored pressure fire extinguishers is operating correctly and is not stuck. In normal operation the needle of the gauge is held in place by the pressure behind the gauge. When the pressure is adjusted e.g. the extinguisher is discharged, the needle moves accordingly. The gauge tester is needed by engineers to make sure that the needle is free-moving and has not seized up over time. The test is carried out by removing a small sticker located on the extinguisher gauge covering a small hole. if the hole does not exist yet, a small hole is drilled by the engineer. The pump is placed over the hole and actioned. This changes the pressure in the gauge housing and the needle moves. If the needle does not move, the gauge has seized up and must be changed. At the end of a test a new sticker is placed over the hole. The colour of the sticker indicates the year of the test.
Many companies service their own fire extinguishers. They have trained a staff member through one of the UK’s extinguisher servicing training bodies and purchase their maintenance tools through Safelincs. In a series of blogs we present these tools to our readers and customers.
The nitrogen regulator and hose is an essential piece of equipment used by servicing engineers on stored pressure fire extinguishers. When used with the correct adapter or recharge bar (matching the fire extinguisher make), the fire extinguisher can then be connected to a nitrogen gas bottle. This allows for the fire extinguisher to be re-pressurised.
Safelincs offer a nitrogen regulator and hose with a working pressure of 20bar (300psi). It also features a ¼” female quick-fit connector. The regulator and all other equipment required for refilling and servicing fire extinguishers can be found in the tools and spares section of our website.
It is important for extinguisher engineers to have the correct tools needed for re-pressurising fire extinguishers. Part of the required equipment includes a set of adapters suited for various fire extinguisher makes and models. These adapters have a male quick-fit connector which allows for the engineer to connect the extinguisher to a nitrogen regulator and hose ready for pressurising.
The nitrogen regulator and hose and 11 piece fire extinguisher adapter set are available for purchase from the Safelincs website.
The kit includes:
- 3/8″ Roberts adapter
- 1/4″ Roberts Taper adapter
- Kiddethorn adapter
- Small Amerex adapter
- Large Amerex adapter
- 1/8″ Male adapter
- 14mm FPS/Firemark adapter
- 1/4″ Firechief/Firepower/Optimax/Pyrene/Allied adapter
- Schraeder adapter, Schraeder valve, Schreader valve cleaning tool
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!
Poundstretcher suffered another blow only weeks after being prosecuted for fire safety breaches under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Their store at Boucher Retail Park, Belfast was destroyed by fire and two other stores on the site were also badly damaged as the fire spread to the two adjacent shop outlets.
The fire was tackled by 17 appliances and a total of 85 fire fighters, taking five hours to bring the blaze under control. Difficulties were experienced, as the Poundstretcher store began to collapse. Several other stores were severely smoked damaged as a result of the blaze.
An investigation has been launched to find the cause of the fire. No casualties have been reported at this stage.
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We’ve just finished sending out several boxes of CO Alarms to our Twitter followers, Facebook Fans and visitors to our web site. Last weekend we asked you all to send us your favourite fire safety stories so we could share them on our web site. It was our goal to bring together a valuable and compelling collection of stories to learn from, which will help to motivate readers to improve their fire safety protection. The response was excellent, and it didn’t take us long to receive over 200 entries.
Some of the stories were funny, some were sad and some were plain shocking. But all the stories managed to emphasise the importance of taking fire safety seriously. Today we will start sharing them with everyone else on our web site. We’re sure you’ll enjoy them as much as we have!
We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who submitted their story. As promised, we have selected our favourite three entries and awarded them with an extra prize, as well as their CO Alarm:
1st place – Emma Morris
Winner of £100 worth of Love2shop vouchers
2nd place – Pat McMullan
Winner of £50 worth of Love2shop vouchers
3rd place – Sara Cumiskey
Winner of £25 worth of Love2shop vouchers
Keep an eye out for all the stories as they are released each week day on our Fire Safety Stories web page. We’d also love to hear your thoughts, feedback and own messages about the stories through Twitter and Facebook.
In 2009 London courts handed out fines of over £1m to companies, large and small, as well as to individuals due to breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.
These figures show that courts are taking any breaches of this order very seriously. In two cases people were even given jail sentences.
If you are responsible for fire safety in your company, make sure you take it as seriously as the courts, that way you won’t find yourself or your company punished with heavy fines to pay or jail sentences to serve.
For more information on this article go to http://www.info4fire.com/news-content/full/london-pays-over-%C2%A31m-for-fire-safety-breaches
From 1.6.2010 Safelincs in France will be represented by a new French distributor, Epsylone Sarl. Epsylone has over 5 years experience in fire safety products retail in France and operates several fire safety websites. Epsylone will eventually retail most of Safelincs’ 1500+ different fire safety products through its own websites and retail channels as well as the Safelincs.fr website. The Safelincs.fr website is being re-designed to reflect the changed approach.