Fire Extinguisher Guide

The ultimate guide to fire extinguishers, helping your business get fire safe.

Guides to Fire Extinguishers

Alpha Fire Protection NI Supply fire extinguishers for all circumstances needs ensuing your business is protected in the event of a fire. Take a look on this page to view fire guides as to which extinguisher you should use in the event of an emergency. Have a look below for more information or contact us today.

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Supplying A Wide Range of Fire Extinguishers

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Get in touch today to order your fire extinguishers. Alpha Fire Protection Northern Ireland are independant suppliers of fire extinguishers, ensuring the best quality and price for your business. Below is our guide to using our extinguishers. Don’t see the fire extinguisher you need? We also provide specialty fire extinguishers on request. 

Water Fire Extinguisher

Where to use

These fire extinguishers work best on fires that involve organic solid materials such as wood, cloth, paper, plastics, coal etc.


Where to avoid

It is dangerous to use these types of extinguishers on oil, fat or electrical fires. Do not use in these situations. 

Water Based Fire Extinguisher

Foam Fire Extinguisher

Where to use

Use this fire extinguisher on fires associated with solids and some burning liquids, such as paint and petrol. It is also safe on fires caused by electricity if tested to 35kV (dielectric test) and a 1m safety distance is adhered to.

Where to avoid

Do not use on chip or fat pan fires or fires associated with fats or oil.

Foam based fire extinguisher

Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguisher

Where to use

Use this type of fire extinguishers on live electrical equipment. Use in well ventilated areas where possible to avoid asphyxiation, alternatively be careful when using in small areas.

Where to avoid

Do not use on fat or oil fires. Only use CO2 extinguishers with frost-free horns, as the hand holding the horn can otherwise be frozen to the horn, as the gas gets very cold during the discharge.

Wet Chemical Fire Extinguisher

Where to use

Use wet chemical fire extinguishers with Class F fires, such as fires involving cooking oils and fats, such as lard, olive oil, sunflower oil, maize oil and butter.

Where to avoid

Usually these extinguishers are not recommended for fires such as petrol.

Chemical Fire Extinguisher

Dry Powder Fire Extinguisher

Where to use

Use these fire extinguishers  when dealing with combustible metals such as lithium, magnesium, sodium or aluminium when in the form of swarf or powder.

Where to avoid

Do not allow water to come in contact with the burning metal and the powder must be gently applied. Sodium Chloride is not recommended for Lithium.

Powder Fire Extinguisher

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