Reception areas, lobbies and entrances are often one of the busiest areas of a building. Usually fitted with a variety of appliances and furniture and containing numerous flammable materials, these areas contain multiple fire risks and might see some un-authorised use of extinguishers.
Due to the nature of reception, lobby and entrance areas of buildings a CO2 extinguisher is likely to be required. Effective at combating fires fuelled by electrical equipment, CO2 fire extinguishers contain an environmentally friendly agent and do not leave behind any residue after discharge.
The downside of a CO2 fire extinguisher is that it is not effective on fires fuelled by furniture and solid materials such as wood, foam, carpet and paper, all of which may be found in this environment.
CO2 fire extinguisher are suitable for use on the following types of fire.
Furniture, waste paper bins, filing cabinets and many other objects in reception areas can be the potential fuel for a fire as well as some flammable liquids.
Foam extinguishers can leave a residue so use on furniture should be as little as possible and as much as necessary to extinguish the fire. Look for foam fire extinguishers that have passed the electrical conductivity tests for British Standards, so if they are sprayed on live electrical equipment up to 30,000 Volts then the user will not be electrocuted.
Foam fire extinguisher are suitable for use on the following types of fire.
Reviewed: 03/11/2020 (doc:9 V1.0). Our articles are reviewed regularly. However, any changes made to standards or legislation following the review date will not have been considered. Please note that we provide abridged, easy-to-understand guidance. To make detailed decisions about your fire safety provisions, you might require further advice or need to consult the full standards and legislation.