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Guide to Water Fire Extinguishers

Water fire extinguishers are widely used in offices and homes, as they combine decent fire fighting performance with an environmentaly friendly extinguishant that leaves little residue and can be disposed of easily at the end of the product life. They fight Class A fires, such as wood, paper, cardboard, soft furnishing etc. Performance can be increased with a selection of additives. Water fire extinguishers are colour coded with a red text field.

Water fire extinguishers supplied by Nationwide fire extinguishers are Kitemarked to BS EN3. As all of our extinguishers, the water extinguishers are stored pressure type. All our extinguishers come with free mounting bracket, are durable and reliable, factory filled and coated with UV resistant paint. We stock a 9 litre, 6 litre and 3 litre model. Our water extinguishers are at least 13A rated. Our 3 litre size is an ideal alternative to the bulkier, more traditional 9 litre water fire extinguisher and carries the same 13A rating as the bigger extinguisher, so offers a lightweight alternative.

While ordinary water is dangerous in contact with electricity, our water extinguishers have been tested for use on live electricity with the 35,000 Volt dielectric test. This protects the user should the water be sprayed on live electrical equipment.

Water must not be used on burning fat or oil, as this can lead to explosive eruptions of steam which carries the oil or fat and spreads the fire further. A fire blanket or a wet chemical fire extinguisher should be used instead.

To use a water extinguisher, aim the jet at the bottom of the flames and move it over the area of the fire. Keep yourself between the fire and your escape route. If you are an employer, you must ensure that you and your staff know how to use your extinguishers. You should also display ID signs above your water fire extinguishers to remind users what that type of fire this extinguisher can and cannot be used on. Get your extinguishers serviced once a year and visually check them monthly to check for damage or pressure drop. Your checks should be recorded in your fire log book.


Reviewed: 01/02/2020 (doc:499 V1.0). Our articles are reviewed regularly. However, any changes made to standards or legislation following the review date will not have been considered. Please note that we provide abridged, easy-to-understand guidance. To make detailed decisions about your fire safety provisions, you might require further advice or need to consult the full standards and legislation.


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