Electrical Fire Extinguisher: Which is best?

Generally Fighting an Electricity based fire; choose a CO2 Fire Extinguisher

Fighting a fire in the modern world its quite common that it would involve Electricity. The rise in the popularity to have a fire extinguisher that can be used for electricity fires is because of electronics becoming essential to businesses.

Prior to modern technological advancements, fire risks commonly involved paper fires and smoking or burning cigarette butts, causing the majority of office fires. With the social perspective changing on smoking and lower paper usage, in general workplaces have seen the Water Fire Extinguisher become less popular.

The risk of an Electricity Fire and needing to be extinguished has increased with more technology. Electricity Fires need to be extinguished with the right Fire Extinguisher. Using a Water Extinguisher to fight an Electrical Fire has multiple risks and is very hazardous to the Fire Extinguisher user.

Which Extinguishers are best for an Electricity Fire?

The number one choice for an Electricity Fire is the CO2 Fire Extinguisher. This Extinguisher is safe on both low and high voltage. Identifying this Extinguisher quickly, the user can look for a Black Band at the top of the Fire Extinguisher.

Positives – No clean up mess and limited damage to Electronics

Negatives – Has limited uses to other Fire Classes

Second choice is the all-rounder ABE Fire Extinguisher. Safe on common Electrical Fires up to 1000volts, which electricity in Australian Businesses range between 220volts to 240volts. Identifying this Extinguisher quickly, the user can look for a White Band at the top of the Fire Extinguisher.

Positives – The ability to put out Class A, B, C, D, Electrical Fires

Negatives – Hard to clean up, smell and damages electronic equipment in a corrosive manner

Selecting the size to fight an Electricity Fire

This part will normally involve an expert Fire Extinguisher Certifier like FCF to assess the fire risk, compartment size, AS2444 and the manufactures equipment ability.

There is no easy, one formula fits all. Generally the bigger the risk, the more firefighting equipment needed to extinguish the fire risk. Also equipment value can come into the equation, for example;

  • A $500k cancer scanning equipment would need dedicated CO2 Fire Extinguishers

The faster a fire can be extinguished the less damage to electrical equipment. Saving the business money in repairs.

Always ensure you have Fire Extinguisher Training before attempting to fight a fire. On average a fire doubles every 30 seconds. This leaves vital seconds to make decisions and take actions. If in doubt, take the exit to safety. To learn more about Fire Extinguisher Training for as little as $10 or less per course, visit firetrainingonline.fcfnational.com.au

Contact FCF today to find out the best solution for fighting an Electricity Fire.