Electrical fires are a fire class of their own, which means they require a specialist fire extinguisher.  

Electrical fires, also known as Class E fires are ignited by electrical equipment such as motors, switchboards and electrical appliances. These sorts of fires need to be treated differently, because unlike fires caused by ordinary combustibles – such as wood or fabric – electrical fires get worse when you douse them with water or other kinds of liquids. Here are the main fire extinguishers we recommend you use on electrical fires:

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Fire Extinguishers

  • CO2 extinguishers are ideal for Class E fires, as well as Class B Fires involving combustible liquids such as petrol, oil paint and solvents
  • Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers put out fires by cutting off the fire’s oxygen source. They emanate a very cold discharge, which smothers fire, rendering it unable to re-ignite due to cold temperatures. Not only does this type of equipment reduce the chance of re-ignition, but it also has the added benefit of not making a mess
  • At Fire Equipment Online, our Carbon Dioxide fire extinguishers come in a range of sizes, all the way from 2KG to 45KG, with our most common being the 3.5kg CO2.

ABE Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers

  • ABE extinguishers are the most popular type of fire extinguisher on the market, due to their wide range of commercial and industrial applications. They’re useful not only on electrical Class E Fires, but also on Class B Fires involving combustible liquids, as well as Class A Fires involving normal materials like wood, paper, cloth, plastic or rubber products
  • This extinguisher contains a chemical powder called monoammonium phosphate which extinguishes a fire by melting over its flames, providing excellent protection without the use of liquid
  • At Fire Equipment Online, our ABE Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers come in a range of sizes, all the way from 1KG to 50KG, with our 4.5kg ABE the most common.

Using your extinguisher safely

Simply having a fire extinguisher does not guarantee protection from electrical fires:

  • You must also ensure the equipment receives adequate maintenance, and that staff members are well-trained in the use of this equipment. For more info about using a fire extinguisher, read our top 4 safety tips for using a fire extinguisher.
  • Also note that the size of equipment you’ll need will depend on the size of your facility and your electrical fire risks. You can read more about choosing the right fire extinguisher in our comprehensive guide.

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