Fire Extinguishers – Did You Know?

Fire extinguishers are provided and located to protect the occupant’s means of escape from a premise.


Extinguishers can be heavy for some people
(Up to 15 Kg) and may have manual handling issues!

Carbon Dioxide extinguishers are charged to a pressure of 55 Bars, 800 psi. Compare this pressure to a car tyre, which is around 2 Bars or 29 psi.
If the extinguisher is miss-handled, it could cause eye and skin injuries.

Additionally the CO2 extinguisher may actually force the fire or oils to spread due to the pressure.


Freezing takes place at the point of expansion and a 5Kg extinguisher will only discharge for nine seconds.
Dry Powder extinguishers are messy and if they are discharged within a confined space, there is a risk of choking.
Chemical extinguishers used for cooking oil fires (solution of potassium) can be toxic when ingested.

Only trained members of staff should operate fire extinguishers!

If you can smell smoke, you are breathing toxic gases, which may be harmful to your health. Aldehydes, acid gases, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), benzene, toluene, styrene, metals and dioxins. Isocyanates, mustard gas and many more depending on the amount of manmade materials and chemicals, which are involved in the fire. You are responsible for your own health and safety!