Fire Extinguishing/Fighting Equipment

Portable fire extinguishers save lives and property by putting out small fires or containing them until the fire brigade arrives. They should only be used for fighting a fire in its very early stages.

There are a wide variety of portable fire extinguishers available, based on the type of fire they will be fighting. These differ by the extinguishing agent they expel onto a fire; the main types of extinguisher are foam, CO2, dry powder and foam. 

BSI standards and publications give recommendations for users, consultants and industry professionals who require an understanding of fire extinguishing systems and their applications. Other BSI standards in this section  provide guidance in matters affecting the design, installation, testing and maintenance of fire mains and fixed firefighting systems.

BS 5306-3:2009
Fire extinguishing installations and equipment on premises. Commissioning and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers. Code of practice

BS 5306-1:2006
Code of practice for fire extinguishing installations and equipment on premises. Hose reels and foam inlets

BS 7273-1:2006
Code of Practice for the operation of fire protection measures.  Electrical actuation of gaseous total flooding extinguishing systems 

BS EN 3-8:2006
Portable fire extinguishers. Additional requirements to EN 3-7 for the construction, resistance to pressure and mechanical tests for extinguishers with a maximum allowable pressure equal to or lower than 30 bar

BS EN 3-9:2006
Portable fire extinguishers. Additional requirements to EN 3-7 for pressure resistance of CO2 extinguishers

BS 9990:2006
Code of practice for non-automatic fire-fighting systems in buildings

 


 

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