Fire Extinguisher Suitable for use in Receptions

Due to the varied nature of reception areas, fire risks are usually wide spread. The chosen extinguisher therefore need to cover a wide range of risks.

Solid Material (Wood / Textiles) - Water with Additive Fire Extinguishers

Reception areas usually contain an assortment of fire risks such as soft furnishings, computers, electrical appliances and cleaning materials.

Fire Classifications

Class A - Suitable for solid combustible materials such as wood and textiles, these materials are often found in reception areas in the form of desks, chairs, carpets, curtains and notice boards.

Advantages:

The special additive makes the extinguisher safe to use around live electrical equipment.

Disadvantages:

Water with additive fire extinguishers only have an A rating and are not suitable for any other type of fire.

Electrical Risks- CO2 Fire Extinguishers

Reception areas usually contain an assortment of fire risks such as soft furnishings, computers, electrical appliances and cleaning materials.

Fire Classifications

Class B - Suitable for flammable liquids such as petrol and oil, these materials are often found in reception areas in the form of furniture polish and cleaning materials which are stored in cupboards and drawers.
Electrical - Suitable for use on electrical fires such as computers, printers, stereos and electrical heaters all of which are often found in today's busy modern office environment.

Advantages:

CO2 does not conduct electricity and is a clean extinguisher agent which leaves behind no harmful residue.

Disadvantages:

CO2 is an asphyxiant if used in confined spaces and cannot be used on solid fuel fires such as wood, paper or textile.

General Risks - Foam Fire Extinguishers

Foam extinguishers can be used on class A solid combustible, class B flammable liquids and fires involving electrical equipment. Reception areas are usually low risk and do not have many hazardous flammable materials.

Fire Classifications

Class A - Suitable for solid combustible materials such as wood and textiles, these materials are often found in receptions in the form of doors, notice boards, furniture and carpets.
Class B - Suitable for flammable liquids such as petrol and oil, these materials are often found in receptions in the form of furniture polish and cleaning materials which are left laying around.

Advantages:

Suitable for use indoors and has the best firefighting capabilities of this range, foam extinguishers are ideal for reception areas.

Foam has very high ratings and is probably the best and most accepted fire fighter in an reception environment.

Disadvantages:

Foam extinguishers can leave behind a soapy residue after use.

Foam is a natural condutor of electricty, if the extinguisher has not passed the electrical conductivity test they shouldnt be used on electrical fires.

General Risks - Water Mist Fire Extinguishers

Most reception areas will have general fire risks from things such as soft furnishings, computers, electrical appliances, carpets, wooden door and furniture.

Fire Classifications

Water mist fire extinguishers are suitable for use on class A, B, C, F and Electrical risks and are ideal for use in corridors as multi-purpose extinguishers.

Advantages:

The water mist effectively suffocates burning materials, cooling them and leaving very little residue behind. The water mist turns into steam and evaporates upon contact with the fire.

Disadvantages:

Although the water mist extinguishers cover most types of fire the fire ratings for each class of fire are lower than their traditional counterparts (water, foam, powder and CO2).