FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

 
Q : "What are the different types of fire extinguisher”? 
A : Water – Carbon Dioxide – ABC Dry Powder – AFFF Foam – Wet Chemical – Class D / M28 / L2 
 
 
Q : "What do the different colour panels refer to on a fire extinguisher"? 
A : Red means it contains water or water with additive.  
Cream contains foam which is sprayed out of a nozzle rather than a jet. 
Black is for carbon dioxide notice the horn, rather than a hose. 
Blue is a multipurpose this will tackle any type of fire however it must not be used indoors. 
Canary Yellow is used on one type of fire only. A cooking oil fire.  
A White label is a new extinguisher, this means it can be used on ALL types of fire and will soon replace ABC Dry Powder (blue label). 
 
 
Q : What are the different classes of fire and what type of fires do they extinguish”? 
A : CLASS A: Organic Material, eg, wood, paper, textiles, plastics, straw, hay etc. 
CLASS B : Flammable Liquids, eg, fuel, paint, spirits, solvents etc. 
CLASS C : Flammable Gasses, eg, butane, propane, lpg etc. 
CLASS D : Metal fires, eg, lithium, magnesium etc. 
ELECTRICAL : Electircal Fires, eg, server rooms, computers, tv's, toasters, kettles, mircrowaves etc. 
CLASS F : Wet Chemical - Only used with cooking oil fires, eg a chip pan, or a chip-shop-fryer etc. 
 
 
Q : Do you do inspections of Fire blankets aswell as extinguishers 
A : Yes, we inspect all types of fire protection equipment including fire blankets, alarms, emergency lighting and smoke detectors!  
 
 
Q : Do you do emergency call-outs? 
A : Yes our ordinary telephone number operates as a 24 hour hot-line - for emergencies only.  
(call-out fee's apply).  
 
 
Q : “Can ALL extinguishers be refilled, or must you replace them when they're set off”? 
A : A large majority of extinguishers can be refilled; however, it is dependant upon which manufacturer, what size and of which class the extinguisher is and also how much has been used. More often than not we are able to refill, repressurise and replenish the fire extinguishers bringing them back to life for a further five years of life.  
 
 
Q : We are a primary School, are all of your staff CRB checked? 
A : Yes, all of our staff who enter a workplace are fully "DBS" checked. We have relevant documentation should you require. (A "DBS" is the modern term, of a "CRB check").  
Q : "Since the changes to the RRO - Do the fire blankets supplid by midland fire conform to the NEW standard"? 
A : Yes they do! Every fire blanket supplied to the British market was tested to ensure efficacy. A swathe of manufacturers failed, however our own branded fire blankets passed with flying colours!  
 
Q : “What extinguisher is best for Electrical fires”? 
A : Always use a CARBON DIOXIDE on an electrical fire. The C02 gas quickly extinguishes the flames by removing the oxygen whilst cooling. The benefit of using carbon dioxide over a power is, it will not damage your electrical items also there is no residue as the c02 gas dissipates in the air.  
 
 
Q : "When is it safe to tackle a fire”? 
A : ONLY tackle a small, waste-paper-bin size fire. Anything bigger – GET OUT - STAY OUT!!! Dial 999  
 
Q : “What extinguisher is best for home use”? 
A : A small two litre foam coupled with a fire blanket is ideal for a kitchen; however, current legislation stipulates that homeowner should not purchase fire equipment, unless they are fully trained in their usage. In the event of a fire, call the fire brigade and evacuate as quickly as possible. Do not stop for personal belongings! 
 
 
Q : "Why are ALL fire extinguishers now coloured RED"? 
A : There are a number of reasons for this, the main reason is so that we comply with the EU; Therefore ALL extinguishers within Europe (should) comply to this new EN3 standard. However having all extinguishers one solid colour does actually make a lot of sense.  
The reason for this is, it is easier to spot a bright red fire extinguisher out of the corner of your eye, whereas black, blue, cream and yellow coloured extinguishers can often blend into the colours of the background environment. Also the colour red is often assocaited with danger meaning red extinguishers are less tampered with. The colour coded label depicts what type of fire the extinguisher should be used on. Hence fire extinguishers must always be placed in their correct location.  
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