Know your Fire Extinguisher Types and Colours

Mar 30, 2018

You may be interested to know about the different fire extinguisher types which are available. Fire extinguishers are colour coded so they are easily identifiable. All extinguishers are red in body and feature a coloured band at the top to differentiate between their uses.

In order to identify the correct extinguisher for the risk in your workplace, you need to know what each fire extinguisher type does. Explanations regarding the different fire extinguisher colours are detailed below:

1. Red - Water

Water extinguishers are safe for use on wood, paper & fabric fires. They are not safe for use on electrical, flammable liquids or flammable metal fires.

2. Cream - Foam

Foam extinguishers are safe for use on flammable liquid fires; can also be used for wood, paper, fabric fires.

They are not safe for use on electrical or flammable metal fires.

3. Blue - Powder

Powder extinguishers are safe for use on gaseous fires; can also be used for wood, paper, fabric, flammable liquid and electrical fires.

4. Black – Co2

Co2 extinguishers are safe for use on electrical fires; can also be used for flammable liquid fires.

They are not safe for use on wood, paper or fabric fires. They should not be used in a confined space. And the horn should not be held whilst operating the extinguisher.

5. Wet Chemical – Yellow

Wet chemical extinguishers are safe for use on cooking oil and deep fat fryer fires; can also be used for wood, paper and fabric fires.

They are not safe for use on electrical, flammable liquids or gaseous fires.

6. Fire Blanket

A fire blanket should be used to smother chip pan, deep fat or waste bin fires.

It can also be used on clothing fires by wrapping the blanket tightly around the person whose clothes are burning, to extinguish the flames.

For more information on the different fire extinguisher colours and to find which fire extinguisher types are best for you, please take a look at ISE Fire today https://isefireproducts.co.uk/fire-extinguishersishers