Fire Extinguishment

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Fire Extinguishers & Hose reels should be:                             

  • Installed serviced and maintained in accordance with I.S. 291/ I.S. EN 3/ BS. 5306 
  • Selection Based on Risk Assessment by supplier 
  • Should be positioned about 1m off the ground. 
  • Have monthly inspections to check that they work 
  • The supplier should test and inspect every 12 Months Discharge test 25%. 
  • Retain Record of checks and servicing 
  • Specialist advice required for hose reels 

Classification of Fires

  • Class A  Flammable solids such as wood, paper, cloth etc.
  • Class B Flammable liquids or liquefiable solids such as petrol, grease, diesel, acetone etc
  • Class C  Flammable gases such as butane, propane, methane etc
  • Class D  Flammable gases such as magnesium, potassium, sodium etc
  • Class E  Fires involving electricity or electrical appliances
  • Class F  Cooking oil fires

Fire Extinguisher Types

Water Extinguisher (Red label)

  • Do not use fires involving electricity or flammable liquids.
  • Suitable for use on Class A fires
  • Aim at base of fire

Dry powder extinguisher (Blue label)

  • Use on small fires in flammable liquids
  • Gives no protection against re-ignition
  • Suitable for use on Class A, B, C, D and E fires

Foam Extinguishers (Cream label)

  • Do not use on fires involving electricity
  • Can be used on fires in flammable liquids
  • Suitable for use in Class A and Class B fires

Carbon Dioxide or CO2 Extinguishers (Black label)

  • Suitable for use on Class B, C & E fires
  • Use with caution in confined spaces

Chip pan or pot fires can be eliminated by smothering the supply of oxygen to the fire by placing a fire blanket over the pan or pot

Fixed Fire Systems – Specialist advice required for design specification
Sprinkler Systems – Specialist advice required for design specification
Smoke Ventilation Systems – Specialist advice required for design specification

For more information

Dublin Fire Brigade Headquarters
165-169 Townsend Street
Dublin 2

Tel: (01) 673 4000
Fax: (01) 673 4085