Firechief launches new Flame Retardant Spray Video

Firechief Flame Retardant Spray is a water-based fire proofing product that will treat any water-absorbent material including natural and synthetic fabrics and is ideal for upholstery and fibres that can easily catch fire.

Perfect for use in theatres, schools and exhibitions, Firechief flame retardant spray inhibits the spread of flames. It is easy to apply and is fast acting, allowing materials to become flame retardant in just seconds.  The effective spray can achieve standards of BS476: parts 6 and 7 for wall coverings, paper and card, as well as BS5867 part 2 for A&B fabrics, and BS5852 part 2 for natural and mixed fibres.

View the Firechief Flame Retardant Spray video

Wet Chemical Fire Extinguisher

A Guide to Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers

We can only be successful in fighting fire if we’re armed with the right extinguisher.

In this article we’ll be focusing on wet chemical fire extinguishers, lesser-known but vital fire safety equipment for all types of kitchens.

What is a wet chemical extinguisher?

A wet chemical extinguisher is purposely designed to put our fires started by cooking oil, fat or grease. It’s an essential kit that every professional kitchen should have.

Uses of wet chemical extinguishers

Also known as class F extinguisher, wet chemical extinguishers are effective at putting out fires started by cooking oils, fats or grease. However, they are also capable of dealing fires categorized as class A. Which include flammable materials like paper, textiles or wood.

In addition, some wet chemical extinguishers also have the capacity douse class B fires, which include flammable liquids like diesel petrol and paint. As a result, it’s always good to know beforehand which fires a wet chemical extinguisher can deal with.

And you can only know this information by checking the label or consulting a fire safety professional.

Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers

Where wet chemical extinguishers should not be used

First, you shouldn’t use wet chemical extinguishers to fight off fires started by petrol, diesel or paint unless expressed otherwise on the label.

Secondly, the extinguisher should never be used to tackle fires started by flammable gases such as butane or methane. In addition, this extinguisher is not ideal for dealing electrical fires.

Identifying wet chemical extinguishers

Each and every extinguisher can be indentified using a label. Wet chemical extinguishers can be identified by a few pointers that include:

A yellow label with the name “Wet chemical”

A longer that normal hose

A fixed extinguisher ID nearby labeled “Wet chemical extinguisher”

Wet chemical extinguisher sizes

Whet chemical extinguishers come in a variety of sizes. Obviously, the size you choose will invariably depend on the demands of your commercial kitchen. But the most common sizes you’ll find in the market are 2, 3 and 6 litres.

fire extinguisherHow does a wet chemical extinguisher work?

Wet chemical extinguishers utilize potassium compounds to stop fire in two ways. First, when sprayed on the flames, potassium mist cools the fire. And secondly, the resulting chemical reaction causes a soapy-like substance to form on the surface of fire, extinguishing the flames in the process.

Advantages and disadvantages of wet chemical extinguishers

Advantage: This is the only extinguisher capable of stopping fires started by cooking oils or fat

Disadvantage: Can emit toxic fumes and should only be used in well-ventilated areas


Where are wet chemical fire extinguishers mostly used?

As stated earlier, these extinguishers are effective at putting out fires cause by cooking oil or fat. Consequently, they can mainly used in professional or commercial kitchens where there’s a lot of cooking activities. Meaning the places you’ll find this type of extinguisher the most include:

  • Fish and chips establishments
  • Hotel kitchens
  • Restaurants
  • Burger bars

However, it’s important to note that these extinguishers should never be used in isolation. Such premises also require other types of extinguisher to adequately deal with all types of fire emergencies.

How to correctly use a Wet Chemical fire extinguisher:

Fire safety experts are very categorical about fire extinguishers: use the equipment wrongly and you won’t be able to contain a fire emergency. The requirements for using wet chemical extinguishers aren’t different. You have to be extremely careful when using this extinguisher to prevent splashing burning oil or fat onto surrounding location.

fire extinguisher mounted

Steps for using a wet chemical extinguisher

  • Step 1: Remove the safety pin in order to break the seal
  • Step 2: Step back so that you not closer to the fire
  • Step 3: If it’s safe, attempt to turn off the source of fire.
  • Step 4: Attack the flames from the top while holding the lance at arm’s length. The nozzle should be positioned at least 1 meter from the fire.
  • Step 5: Spray the mist slowly in a circular movement. This will enable the form to settle well on the fire’s surface.
  • Step 6: Use the all the content in your extinguisher to completely douse the fire.

If you follow the six steps above there’s no reason why you cannot contain fire in any commercial kitchen. However, your safety comes first; so you should ensure there’s a clear exit path for you to escape incase the fire gets out of hand. Remember, calling for emergency help may be the best course of action to take in some cases.

Why you should invest in a wet Chemical extinguisher

Investing in wet chemical extinguisher is not negotiable if you run a commercial kitchen. This is the most effective extinguisher for putting out fires started by cooking oil, fat or grease.

But as mentioned earlier, you also need to have other extinguishers as you never know what type of fire you could encounter next. Perhaps, it’s a good idea to learn about all the classes of fire and well as the different types of extinguishers out there.

In addition, taking time to understand the fire safety requirements of your commercial is crucial. For example, if you manage a large kitchen, you may have to acquire a high-capacity wet extinguisher to effectively deal with threat of fire.

In the end, talking to a fire safety expert is highly advised when planning to equip your facility with different types of extinguishers.

In Summary

A wet chemical extinguisher is essential for anyone running a commercial kitchen. It’s ideal for those in charge of professional kitchen environments in restaurants, hotels, burger bars, etc.

Every establishment should have one, and the good thing it’s easy to order them online.

But as most fire safety experts will tell you: It’s one thing to own an extinguisher and it’s another to use it correctly.

Rapidly extinguish small fires safely with the Firechief Flame Buddy

Perfect for use in the home, office and car, on camping and caravanning trips and for keeping in the tool box as part of Hot Work compliance, the Firechief Flame Buddy is a brand new, easy to use fire extinguishing device.

Flame Buddy is suitable for extinguishing small wood, paper, textile and cooking oil and fat fires and is simple to use by just removing the cap and spraying at the base of the fire. And unlike traditional fire extinguishers, Flame Buddy is multi-directional and can be used in tight and awkward situations – even upside down, so it’s ideal for plumbers for example!

Small and powerful, Flame Buddy is available in 2 handy sizes – 150ml and 300ml, is safe and environmentally friendly being non-compressed and propellant free, is maintenance free and has a five year warranty from date of manufacture.

You can see Flame Buddy in action by watching the video

Home Safety Week – do you have a fire escape plan?

According to the English Housing Survey, only 5% of households have planned an escape route in the event of a fire. Spending some time planning how your household might get out can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a fire and is particularly relevant now in Home Safety Week.

Organised by the NFCC (National Fire Chiefs Council), the aim of Home Safety Week is to highlight the importance of having working smoke alarms and heat detectors in the home and ensuring that home owners think about the specific risks in their home for their family. To put it into context, there were a total of 34,706 accidental dwelling fires in the UK in 2016-17, leading to 236 fatalities and 6,456 casualties.

The first step of any home fire escape plan is to have working smoke, heat and CO alarms as they buy you time and increase your chances of safely leaving the home in the event of a fire. In 2016/17 95% of households in England reported having a smoke alarm and 90% reported having at least one working smoke alarm.

However, as our homes now have a wider range of gadgets and appliances which we are ever more reliant on, just having a single smoke alarm may not be enough. As a minimum there should be at least one smoke alarm on every floor of the house in areas such as the hall or landing, as well as in rooms of the home like the bedrooms, living room and dining room that are used most regularly, as these are likely to be the higher risk areas with an increased likelihood of being the source of a fire.

But approximately 50 percent of fires start in kitchen caused by cooking or cooking appliances. In general, these fires are more likely to be non-fatal but many of them are certainly preventable. Smoke alarms are not recommended for areas too close to kitchen appliances as airborne cooking fats may block the smoke alarm and prevent smoke from entering the sensing chamber. The installation of a heat alarm, designed to detect fast, flaming fires in areas not suitable for installing smoke alarms such as in the kitchen, garage, workshop or utility room, is the best solution.

Whether it’s an open fire, a wood burning stove, an AGA or a gas fire that will be keeping you warm this winter, it’s important to install a CO alarm to keep you safe. Carbon monoxide alarms should be fitted around 2-3 metres away from the appliance and high up. They do not necessarily need to be attached to walls or ceilings, so for example you could place them on a suitable shelf. You may need several CO detectors in your home if you have several appliances across different rooms.

Where possible, all the smoke, heat and CO alarms should be inter-linked so that all will sound if one goes off. The Cavius family of wireless alarms use Radio Frequency technology to sync with other wireless family alarms in the house. This means when one of the alarms is activated, all other connected alarms will sound an alarm too and everyone in your home, whether they’re upstairs, downstairs, or even in a separate wing of the house, will know immediately if there is a potential fire developing somewhere in the house. Early detection provides vital minutes and will help with evacuation out of the house faster in the case of a fire.

Other fire safety equipment you might consider as part of your home safety and escape plan include fire blankets, fire extinguishers and escape ladders. Firechief has a range of fire extinguishers which are ideal for home use and include:

Firechief Flamebuster – a 600ml aerosol can ideal for small domestic kitchen fires involving liquids and oil.

The Firechief 600g Powder Extinguisher – can tackle most fires involving wood/paper, flammable liquids and electrical fires yet it stands only 207mm high

Firechief Flame Buddy – a handy size aerosol extinguisher suitable for extinguishing small wood, paper, textile and cooking oil & fat fires

Firechief Lithex – the world’s first fire extinguisher for tackling Lithium ion battery fires which can occur with mobile phones, tablets, laptops, toys, power tools and electric scooters.

The Firechief range of products set the standard for those who are seeking competitively priced, superior quality, UK-approved fire safety products. Look out for the Firechief brand for products you can trust to help keep you safe.  Contact [email protected] or call us on 0330 999 0019

Why Does My CO Fire Alarm Keep Going Off?

Do you have one or more CO alarms in your property, that you are having issues with? Do they seem to be going off at random occasions or just continually sounding? This is a common problem we come across time and time again.

Before you start removing batteries and putting you and your household at risk, have a look at this post please as we address some of the things that could be happening if your CO alarm keeps going off and what you should do about it.

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Fire Door Safety Week – is your student accommodation safe?

At this time of year, parents are seeing their teenage children off to university, where many of them will be starting the new academic year living in rented student accommodation.

And although a dodgy fire door is a sure sign of an unsafe building generally, two thirds of parents with children living away from home say that they would not know what to look for when it comes to fire safety.

In a survey of a thousand parents with children living away from home in a rented property, shared house or student accommodation, nearly half (46%) of respondents cited furniture blocking doorways and corridors as visual clues which would most likely make them think that a building had poor fire safety.

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Firechief launches new type of fire extinguisher

At only 7.8kg in weight, the new Firechief F-Plus fire extinguisher is up to 25 percent lighter than similar extinguishers on the market due to its aluminium, corrosive free body.

It also has the added benefit of being a completely new type of fire extinguisher.  Known as a multi-class extinguisher, it contains a unique solution to tackle wood, paper and textile fires (A Class fires) as well as flammable liquids such as paint and petrol (Class B fires) and cooking fat and oil fires (Class F fires) equally well.  Traditionally these different types of fire would have needed three different types of extinguisher – water, foam and wet chemical – to fight them effectively.

You can learn more about the Firechief F-Plus fire extinguisher by watching the video

Firechief Flamezorb – the environmentally friendly solution to flammable liquid spills

Firechief Flamezorb is a lightweight substance which quickly absorbs flammable liquid spills, allowing you to react to accidental spillages quickly and safely. The product comes in a heat sealed bag and can easily be transferred to a standard fire bucket for use when it’s needed.

Unlike sand which is often used, Flamezorb’s super absorbency allows the product to work quickly and effectively and requires effortless clear up and disposal.

And even better, Flamezorb is also environmentally friendly, which means safe disposal of the toxic waste and no need for landfill residue.

Watch the new Firechief Flamezorb video to find out more about this useful product.