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Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Fire Extinguisher

C02 Fire Extinguishers

The very popular CO2 extinguisher can be used on Class B & Electrical Fires, can be used on electrical equipment regardless of High or Low voltage and is highly effective against liquid flammables such as solvents, propane, butane & petrol

How do CO2 Fire Extinguishers Work?

The CO2 Extinguisher Cannisters contain carbon dioxide in liquid form, and when the extinguisher is let off the liquid is released into the air neutralising the oxygen that the fire is feeding on, disabling the fires ability to spread. This is an effective way to put out fires and also prevent fire from reoccurring because of the lack of oxygen and the ice cold temperature of the CO2 when released from the extinguisher.

Where are CO2 Extinguishers most suitable for use?

Being harmless to electrical equipment these extinguishers are ideal for offices ,workshops or any premises that uses electrical equipment.

What are Frost Free Horns?

It is vital that any CO2 Extinguisher you buy has a frost free horn. CO2 Gas, when released from an extinguisher, is ice cold.

If holding the horn of a non-frost free horn, when using a CO2 extinguisher your horn and your hand will become frozen causing serious injury.

Frost Free horns are designed to withstand the freezing gas, and can be held by the user. It is recommended that you do not hold the horn of any CO2 extinguisher in case it is not frost free.

Our range of CO2 Fire Extinguishers are supplied with Frost Free Horns.

How do you identify a CO2 Extinguisher?

C02 Fire Extinguisher Identifcation Colour Code CO2 fire extinguishers that are manufactured to BS EN 3 should have a red body (RAL 3000) and a black band encompassing 5-10% of the fire extinguishers surface area.

CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) Fire Extinguishers are easily identifiable by their Black Label, as seen in the images to the left and above.

There main body should be Red, to conform with British Standards, and they should have a Large Black Banner across the top on the front of the extinguisher with White writing stating "Carbon Dioxide".

Older CO2 Extinguishers will have an entire black body. These no longer comply with British Standards and should be disposed off in an environmentally friendly manor.

What Types of Fire are CO2 Extinguishers Suitable for Use With?:

Carbon Monoxide is suitable for us on both Electrical and Flammable Liquid (Class B) Fire types. Being a gas it is completely harmless to electrical equipment.

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How to use a CO2 Fire Extinguisher:

The below video is an example of how to use a CO2 Fire Extinguisher.

Please Note:

The information within our resources pages is copyrighted to SAFE I.S. Ltd. It is designed to give you a basic knowledge but you are responsible to check the relevant British Standards and guidelines for updates.