Know your colours for Smoke Control and Fire Safety

Smoke control and fire safety measures are unquestionably important when I comes to protecting the lives of individuals. There are strict regulations in place in the UK which all business are required to adhere to to ensure the safety of their staff members and any visitors to the premises. Fire extinguishers are an essential part of effective smoke control and fire safety.

There are several different types of fire extinguishers available which are designed to put out various types of fire. The purpose of each fire extinguisher can be identified by its colour. Smoke control and fire safety training is important so that people can immediately know which fire extinguisher to use in the event of a fire. Using the wrong fire extinguisher could result in aggravating the flames further, injury and even death.

All fire extinguishers are red in colour; this is known as ‘signal red’. However, the label will display colour coding which indicates what type of fire that particular fire extinguisher is suitable for.

• Solid red labels show the extinguisher can be used on Class A fires, which include wood, paper, clothing, etc and uses water and hydrospray to kill the flames.
• Cream labels are for Class A (as above) and Class B which are fires caused by flammable liquids using foam.
• Multi-purpose, dry powder fire extinguishers are suitable for Class A, B and C fires; with Class C being flammable gas fires. This type of extinguisher bares a blue label. This is the only type of fire extinguisher which can be used on electrical fires.
• For fires caused by cooking, fats and grease, look for an extinguisher with a yellow label as these use wet chemicals.

Always read the instructions before using fire extinguishers for ultimate smoke control and fire safety.

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