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Electrically Safe Fire Extinguishers

When selecting fire extinguishers for live electrical equipment it is important to understand which extinguishers are effective and safe, as there is otherwise a risk of electrocution.

Electrically safe fire extinguishers have undergone dielectric testing to ensure the fire fighting agent are safe on or near live electricity. Traditionally, water based extinguishers, even with AFFF foams, have been unsuitable for use on electrical equipment fires; however, the use of de-ionised water in water mist extinguishers or the use of some specially designed spray nozzles now allows use of some water-based extinguishers on electrical fires. Below we have listed extinguishers suitable for use with live electrical equipment (less than 1000V and more than 1m distance).

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1kg Powder Fire Extinguisher - Ultrafire

A small extinguisher with relatively high fire fighting capabilities. 1kg powder extinguishers are great for sheds, garages and small workshops.

  • Extinguisher Rating 8A,34B, C
  • 5 Year Warranty
  • Kitemarked to BS EN3: 1996
  • CE marked and MED approved
21 Customer Reviews
1 unit

£18.95 inc VAT

£15.79 ex VAT

2+ units

£18.57 inc VAT

£15.47 ex VAT

5+ units

£18.00 inc VAT

£15.00 ex VAT

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Service-Free 2ltr Foam Fire Extinguisher - Britannia P50

A service-free, non-corrosive, Kitemarked extinguisher ideal for small properties and passenger carrying vehicles.

  • Extinguisher Rating: 8A, 55B
  • Kitemarked by BSI to BS EN3
  • Safe for use on live electrical equipment - up to 1000V
  • Manufactured in the UK
15 Customer Reviews
1 unit

£47.99 inc VAT

£39.99 ex VAT

2+ units

£47.03 inc VAT

£39.19 ex VAT

5+ units

£45.59 inc VAT

£37.99 ex VAT

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Service-Free 2kg Powder Fire Extinguisher - Britannia P50

Certificated by the British Standard Kitemark, this non-corrosive, 10 year guaranteed 2kg powder extinguisher is perfect for lorry cabs and engineers vans.

  • Extinguisher Rating: 13A, 55B & C
  • Kitemarked by BSI to EN3
  • Ideal vehicle extinguisher - requires no annual servicing
  • Manufactured in the UK
3 Customer Reviews
1 unit

£47.99 inc VAT

£39.99 ex VAT

2+ units

£47.03 inc VAT

£39.19 ex VAT

5+ units

£45.59 inc VAT

£37.99 ex VAT

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Service-Free 6ltr Foam Fire Extinguisher - Britannia P50

Remove the cost of maintenance with this non-corrosive fire extinguisher, fully compliant to all British and European Standards.

  • Extinguisher Rating: 34A, 183B
  • Kitemarked by BSI to BS EN3
  • Available with anti-freeze for low temperature areas
  • Manufactured in the UK
14 Customer Reviews

£155.99 inc VAT

£129.99 ex VAT

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6ltr Water Mist Fire Extinguisher - Ultrafire

An innovation in fire fighting equipment, this water mist extinguisher fights a multitude of fires whilst maintaining the user's safety using microscopic water mist particles.

  • Effective on A, B, C and F type fires
  • Safe on live electrical equipment up to 1000V
  • 100% non-harmful and 100% clean agent
  • Kitemarked and CE marked
7 Customer Reviews

£71.99 inc VAT

£59.99 ex VAT

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3ltr Foam Fire Extinguisher - Jewel Fire Group

A suitable solution for small work spaces or some commercial vehicles, 3ltr foam extinguishers are compact and easy to control.

  • Extinguisher Rating 13A, 70B
  • 5 Year Warranty
  • Kitemarked to BS EN3: 1996
  • CE marked
4 Customer Reviews

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£25.91 ex VAT

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Refurbished 2kg CO2 Fire Extinguisher

Offering economical CO2 fire extinguisher solutions, these refurbished extinguishers are good quality, UK reworked units.

  • Refurbished to high standards
  • Rating 34B and electrical
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • Available with or without hose and horn
44 Customer Reviews
1 unit

£21.23 inc VAT

£17.69 ex VAT

2+ units

£20.80 inc VAT

£17.34 ex VAT

5+ units

£20.17 inc VAT

£16.81 ex VAT

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1kg Powder Fire Extinguisher - Gloria PD1GA

The Gloria 1kg Powder extinguisher is supplied with a mounting bracket with quick release strap and is most often found in vans and cars.

  • Extinguisher rating 5A, 34B, C
  • 10 year warranty
  • Kitemarked to BS EN3: 1996
  • Also suitable for electrical equipment fires
6 Customer Reviews
1 unit

£23.15 inc VAT

£19.29 ex VAT

2+ units

£22.69 inc VAT

£18.90 ex VAT

5+ units

£21.99 inc VAT

£18.33 ex VAT

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2ltr Foam Fire Extinguisher - Ultrafire

This compact unit is perfect for installation in both private and public use vehicles as well as being a handy unit to have around the house.

  • Extinguisher Rating 5A,55B
  • 5 Year Warranty
  • Kitemarked to BS EN3: 1996
  • CE marked
17 Customer Reviews
1 unit

£25.07 inc VAT

£20.89 ex VAT

2+ units

£24.57 inc VAT

£20.47 ex VAT

5+ units

£23.81 inc VAT

£19.85 ex VAT

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2kg Powder Fire Extinguisher - Britannia

Excellent for tackling a variety of small fires these 2kg powder extinguishers are ideal for small vehicles, sheds and domestic workshops.

  • Extinguisher rating: 13A 70B C
  • 10 year warranty - Exclusive to Safelincs
  • Kitemarked to BS EN 3: 1996 and CE marked
  • UK Manufactured
4 Customer Reviews
1 unit

£26.63 inc VAT

£22.19 ex VAT

2+ units

£26.10 inc VAT

£21.75 ex VAT

5+ units

£25.30 inc VAT

£21.08 ex VAT

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Kidde 2kg Multi-Purpose Fire Extinguisher

Designed with the home-owner in mind, these multi-purpose extinguishers cover most fire risks in the home.

  • Kitemarked 2kg powder fire extinguisher
  • Multi purpose use - A, B and C rating
  • 6 year warranty
9 Customer Reviews
1 unit

£29.99 inc VAT

£24.99 ex VAT

2+ units

£29.39 inc VAT

£24.49 ex VAT

5+ units

£28.49 inc VAT

£23.74 ex VAT

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2kg CO2 Fire Extinguisher - Ultrafire

Perfect for installation in server rooms & areas with high voltage, 2kg CO2's are light & easy to move & commonly partnered up with a foam or water extinguisher.

  • Extinguisher Rating 34B and electrical
  • 5 Year Warranty
  • Kitemarked (BS EN3: 1996) and CE marked
  • MED approved
56 Customer Reviews
1 unit

£31.19 inc VAT

£25.99 ex VAT

2+ units

£30.56 inc VAT

£25.47 ex VAT

5+ units

£29.63 inc VAT

£24.69 ex VAT

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Small Automatic Powder Fire Extinguishers

Designed to be mounted (on the wall bracket supplied) in un-manned areas, these automatic extinguishers are triggered by heat levels commonly associated with fire.

  • Suitable for vehicle engine compartments / generator rooms
  • 5 year manufacturer's warranty
  • Extinguisher fixing bracket is included
  • Effective on class A, B & C fires
20 Customer Reviews

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£25.99 ex VAT

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6ltr Foam Fire Extinguisher - Ultrafire

One of the most popular extinguishers on the market, a 6l foam offers protection against class A & B fires. Most commonly found in offices and public areas.

  • Extinguisher Rating 21A, 144B
  • 5 Year Warranty
  • Kitemarked to BS EN3: 1996
  • CE marked and MED approved
16 Customer Reviews

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4kg Powder Fire Extinguisher - Ultrafire

Ideal for installation near small fuel reserves or in workshops where fuel may be stored in small volumes. Easy to handle and manoeuvre.

  • Extinguisher Rating 21A, 89B, C
  • 5 Year Warranty
  • Kitemarked to BS EN3: 1996
  • CE marked and MED approved
11 Customer Reviews

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3ltr Water Mist Fire Extinguisher - Ultrafire

Utilising the latest in water mist technology, the 3l water mist is suitable for private homes as well as business environments.

  • Effective on A, B, C and F type fires
  • Safe on live electrical equipment up to 1000V
  • 100% non-harmful and 100% clean agent
  • Kitemarked and CE marked
10 Customer Reviews

£59.99 inc VAT

£49.99 ex VAT

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9kg Powder Fire Extinguisher - Ultrafire

Excellent fire-fighters, the 9kg powder extinguisher is suitable for warehouses and fuel reserves or on lorries and industrial vehicles.

  • Extinguisher Rating 43A, 233B, C
  • 5 Year Warranty
  • Kitemarked to BS EN3: 1996
  • CE marked and MED approved
8 Customer Reviews

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Dielectrical Testing

Dielectrical Testing

Dielectrical testing verifies that even with an incredibly high voltage of 35000 Volt, no electrical current can flow back to the person discharging an extinguisher on a fire involving live electricity. Certain test distances between user and fire apply for this test. Once the extinguisher has passed this stringent test, it is still limited for safety reasons for use on maximum 1000V and a minimum distance between extinguisher and fire of 1 meter (1000V is four times the voltage used in a domestic building!). If a liquid is used on a fire involving live electricity there is still a risk of a pool of liquid forming and if this liquid is able to transport current there could be a risk to the user from electrocution if the user stands in the pool. However, one has to keep in mind that the use of any liquid on live electrical equipment usually leads to immediate fuse-triggering. So the pooling issue is more theoretical. Our dry water mist extinguishers apply de-ionisde water and discharge an extremely fine spray. Pooling is almost impossible and in addition, de-ionised water cannot carry electrical current, so dry water mist extinguishers are a new option to fight electrical fires and cause minimum damage to the equipment on fire by the fire fighting agent.
What is Electrical Fire?

What is Electrical Fire?

Strictly speaking there is no such thing as electrical fire, as electricity does not burn. Neither do the cable cores and other conductors. However, electrical current can heat up other materials and start fires. Often, it is the cable covering or foreign bodies in the electric equipment start start to burn first. If the electric supply to the equipment on fire continues we speak of a fire involving live electrical equipment and the use of, for example, a simple water extinguisher could lead to electrocution of the person fighting the fire. When planning extinguishers for your business or home you therefore need to consider the electrical equipment eg laptops, printers, kettles or washing machines. Our section of electrically safe extinguishers will help you select a suitable extinguisher for your building or application.
Which extinguishers are suitable for electric equipment?

Which extinguishers are suitable for electric equipment?

Traditionally, CO2 extinguishers are used for electric equipment, as the CO2 gas does not carry electricity. However, CO2 gas can drift off and the fire can re-ignite.
Powder extinguishers were also used in the past, as they are powerful and do not conduct electricity. However, they are not recommended for use indoors any longer, as they cause inhalation issues and can cloud the escape route.
Some foam extinguishers are dielectrically tested and can therefore be used on or near the fire. You need to carefully read the product description to see if the focus in on 'near' or actually 'on' live electrical fires.
A new solution are dry water mist extinguishers using de-ionised water which cannot conduct electricity combined with a very fine mist generation that does not pool and protects the user from both fire and electrocution.

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