To begin with, I will talk a little about the different types of fire extinguishers, and the color-coding system. This runs straight for when you need fire extinguisher service, but a good general rule of thumb is that you should have a full service performed once a year. This is a legal requirement for UK companies.
Fires are classified into five groups
The first group is Class A: This class includes organic materials such as paper, wood, textiles, and clothing materials
The second group is Class B: This class is for flammable liquids such as gasoline
Group III Class C: This class is for flammable gases such as acetylene, hydrogen, and other gases.
The fourth class is Class D: It is the class if it is for fires that contain flammable metals
There is a new Class F: This class is for fires involving cooking grease and other similar liquids
Now that you know a little about how to set up fire extinguisher classes, it makes sense to do your fire extinguisher maintenance every year. To know more about the fire extinguisher service you may visit https://www.tmservicesltd.co.uk/services/fire-extinguishers/.
How does color-coding work?
Water type fire extinguishers are for Class A fires only and are red-flagged, with a red label.
The foam-type fire extinguisher is for Class A and B fires and is red with a cream-colored plate on top of the operating instructions. Dry powder type extinguisher is intended for Class A, B, and C fires, and is indicated as red with a blue plaque above the operating instructions.
A carbon dioxide fire extinguisher is for Class A, and (limited) Class B fires, indicated in red by a black plaque above the operating instructions.
In conclusion, a fire extinguisher service is required for you to perform. It makes sense to make sure your hardware is in good working order.