It’s amazing how the wrong information can be regarded as fact! What’s beginning to concern us here at FTS, are the misconceptions held about the use of CO2 fire extinguishers.
CO2 Is Not Safe For Cooking Oil Fires
We have been astounded, at three schools we have recently visited staff have been told that CO2 fire extinguishers are safe to use on cooking oil fires. Not only is this completely incorrect, it is incredibly dangerous! Should a person attempt to put out a fire involving cooking oil with a CO2 extinguisher they risk spreading the fire up the wall rather than putting it out! A relatively easily containable, small fire turns into a much larger and more damaging fire. What is more worrying still, is that this information is being given out by so called professionals, we’ve even come across documentation that has it in!
I think people are confusing the difference between ‘flammable liquids’, for which it is safe to use to a CO2 extinguisher, and cooking oils and fat, for which it is not. CO2 extinguishers are for use on fires involving flammable liquids, such as petrol and spirits and fires caused by electrical equipment where electric current may still be present. For a cooking oil fire you need a Wet Chemical extinguisher.
There are some great resources online, such as this article from FTS that clearly explains which extinguishers are suitable for different types of fire.
On a slight side note, not only is it important to make sure you have the correct extinguishers in the right places, they need to be serviced and maintained regularly too! A hotel I was at recently had not serviced its fire extinguishers for 11 years! I’m fairly certain they would not be much use in an emergency, if they worked at all!
If you are I any doubt over which fire extinguishers you need, how many you need, or would like more information about servicing, please get in touch on 0330 6600264 or email [email protected].co.uk
Until Next Time…