Clean Agent Fire Extinguisher

What type of fire can I use this fire extinguisher for?

Meticulously tested in laboratories, the clean agent fire extinguisher is usually capable of eliminating:
Class A fires which are combustible materials such as wood, tires, furniture, plastics, etc.
Class B fires which are flammable liquids such as paint, thinner, petrol, etc.
Class E fires which are electrical fires.*

*A key point to note is that SCDF is educating the public on NOT to directly using fire extinguishers on class E fires. E fires will reignite almost immediately as heat is still being generated. This is why the first step of eliminating a Class E fire is to turn off the source by shutting off the gas or electrical supply. If there is still a fire, the fire is likely to be a class A or B fire which will be much easier to put out as compared to a E fire. This is also why class E logos are no longer permitted on new fire extinguishers.
** Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers are not effective against class A fires.

How to use a fire extinguisher?

Before you use a fire extinguisher, always ensure you have an escape route. If you have to use a fire extinguisher, do so at a safe distance. When in doubt, always choose to run. Even professional fire fighters in full fire resistant suits have been trained to never put their own lives at risk.

Always remember PASS. You can also read the instruction label on the fire extinguisher.

Fire-Extinguisher-Pass-Pull 1. Pull the safety pin
Fire-Extinguisher-Pass-Aim 2. Aim at the base of the fire
Fire-Extinguisher-Pass-Squeeze 3. Squeeze the lever
Fire-Extinguisher-Pass-Sweep 4. Sweep from side to side

How do I maintain a fire extinguisher?

According to the Singapore Fire Code, all non-personal use fire extinguishers must be maintained annually by a trained technician of a workshop registered with SCDF. You are able to make an appointment with Fire Armour to service your fire extinguishers.

Does this fire extinguisher expire?

Fire extinguishers do not expire like food. Every 10 years, Clean agent fire extinguishers are to undergo a full pressure test. In theory, if the fire extinguisher were to undergo a full pressure test every 10 years and assuming it has been kept in a reasonably clean environment, it can last indefinitely.

As SCDF requires all fire extinguishers to be maintained annually, a one year expiry sticker is affixed to every fire extinguisher that we sell. When the date has lapsed, it does not mean that the fire extinguisher has to be disposed. Instead, simply bring it to us to service and the expiry date can be extended. This rule does not affect fire extinguishers that are for personal use.

Which Clean Agent Fire Extinguisher should I use?

Carbon dioxide and clean agent fire extinguishers are both usually used in electrical or server rooms. Depending on the amount of electrical equipment, the interior designer or professional engineer will recommend the capacity of fire extinguishers to be used. Electrical and clean rooms are usually protected first by a fire suppression system such as FM200 or Novec 1230 with portable fire extinguishers being the complementary solution. The reason for this is because electrical and server rooms are usually unmanned.

Spare Parts

Equipped with a full range of spare parts, Fire Armour is capable of providing full support to repairing any fire extinguisher. As a matter of fact, Fire Armour can service and repair all brands of fire extinguishers. Above all, Fire Armour is a licensed workshop recognized by SCDF and inspected by PSB TUV SUD, Singapore. Rest assured, your expensive equipment are handled professionally and not outsourced to a third party.

Usually placed in areas where there are a lot of expensive electronics. Clean agent types generally do not leave residue when discharged unlike powder which usually corrodes.