P50 service free extinguisher called into action

drain-picJust a month after it purchased a P50 service free fire extinguisher from Safelincs, Abbey Metal Recycling called it into action.

Late one afternoon at the end of April, a member of staff was cutting a sub-frame with a disc cutter. A spark ignited a pool of oil on the surface of water inside a gully pot which drains into an inceptor tank. Within seconds a small fire broke out, but it was quickly extinguished using the powder P50. There was no damage to the gully pot or drain gate and nobody was injured.

Abbey Metal Recycling is a family owned and operated metal recycler based in Cinderford in Gloucestershire. With over forty years’ experience in the metal recycling business, it has earned a strong reputation within the industry for its dependable service.

The company purchased the P50 as it is an appliance which, due to the nature of its manufacture, requires only an annual check by a member of its own staff rather than a costly yearly visit from an external extinguisher engineer. All the components in the P50’s construction are non-corroding and this, together with a ten year warranty, make it an attractive proposition for the environment in which it is utilised by a recycling company.

Furthermore, Abbey Metal Recycling benefited from Safelincs’ free replacement / repair policy for all fire safety items sold by Safelincs which are utilised or damaged in a fire situation. Abbey’s P50 was therefore immediately replaced free of charge.

10 year self-maintenance extinguisher accepted by Boat Safety Scheme

Boat owners need to protect themselves and their property from fire just as any other home owner does. The damp conditions sometimes found with boating has always been an issue with regards to which fire extinguisher to install on your boat. Now with the official acceptance of the Fireworld P50 self-maintenance extinguisher by the Boat Safety Scheme this dilemma  finally has an answer.

The Fireworld P50 extinguishers, manufactured by Britannia, are non-corrosive. This makes them ideal for wet and damp conditions. They carry a 10 year guarantee and the tough plastic outer shell and inner Kevlar core, which is the same material as bullet proof vests, makes them durable and light weight.

There is another added benefit of installing the Fireworld fire extinguishers on your boat; they do not need to be serviced by an engineer. There is a yearly check that must be carried out but this can be carried out by yourself.  You will no longer have to arrange for a service engineer to come and service your extinguishers, which can be both costly and inconvenient.

If you are interested in finding out more about the corrosive-free self-maintenance fire extinguishers please go to https://www.safelincs.co.uk/britannia-fireworld-self-maintenance-fire-extinguishers/ or call our customer care team on 0800 612 6537

Foam or powder extinguisher, which one to choose?

We get asked regularly about the advantages of foam extinguishers versus powder extinguishers. Both extinguisher types have pros and cons for their use. To start with it is important to know which type of fire you are most likely to have to tackle with your fire extinguishers before you can make a considered decision. The environment (type of building, room size) and the likely user are also important.

Foam Extinguishers

Foam extinguishers are suitable for class A (wood, paper, upholstery) and class B (petrol, liquifying plastic, paints) fires. The foam forms a blanket on the burning material, starving the fire of oxygen. Foam extinguishers also soak into the materials that are alight, which roots out deeper seated ambers. The water content of the foam evaporates in the heat of the fire and cools the fire down, preventing re-ignition.

The jet of the  foam targets only a small area, making the clean up easier than with a powder extinguisher. Due to the properties of the foam extinguishing agent there is also no risk of inhalation in confined spaces. However, it is worth keeping in mind that most foam fire extinguishers are carcinogenic, so a thorough clean up after use is important.

You will require a larger extinguisher to fight a fire with foam rather than with a powder extinguisher. Foam extinguisher can not be used on gas fires.

Powder extinguishers

Powder extinguishers not only fight class A and B class fires, they can also be used on class C fires (caused by combustion of gasses such as natural gas, propane, hydrogen). A powder extinguisher is suitable for a broad range of fires.

The powder does not soak into the burning material and does not evaporate to cool the fire. Instead it ‘knocks out’ the fire and forms  a blanket or crust over the fire to starve the fire of oxygen.

They are a more powerful extinguisher than their foam counterparts and the physical size can therefore be smaller than a foam extinguisher for the same application.

However, there are disadvantages. When deploying a powder extinguisher there is a lot of mess to clear up! The powder can be inhaled and care must be taken when they are used. This type of extinguisher leaves a lot of residue behind and is therefore not necessarily suitable to use in areas where food is prepared. The powder will also damage soft furnishing such as carpets, curtains and settees if not totally removed.

Powder extinguishers should ideally not be installed where children can reach the extinguisher, or where vandalism is possible. Care has also to be taken in historic buildings, as the powder can damage wood and surfaces.

Powders are ideal in garages, cars, industrial settings, workshops, while foams are ideal in areas with soft furnishing and areas of public traffic.

For a more detailed comparison visit our extinguisher advice section.

Cleaning up after a fire extinguisher discharge

Powder fire  extinguishers cover everything in a fine white powder when discharged in a building and most AFFF foam extinguishers contain a slightly carcinogenic chemical. So how do you clean up safely after an extinguisher discharge? We have created a short help guide explaining how to clean up after the use of a powder or foam fire extinguisher .