Best Fire Extinguishers for Your Safety in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 16, 2017
What will you do in case of fire? How will you put it out? Sure, with the help of a fire extinguisher! This is a must-have device in any building. We've selected the best fire extinguishers for you! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Best for
Type
U/L rating
Size
Total weight
Net agent weight/capacity
Mounting bracket
Warranty
 
PROS

Great capacity and fairly moderate weight make this extinguisher quite a practical solution.

CONS

Not meant to be used below 5°C.

OUR VERDICT

FireShield PRO have made their fire extinguisher suitable to fight fires in enclosed compartments, which makes it perfect for hotels, offices, and houses.

detailed parameters
Best for

Hospitals, hotels, restaurants, clothing and fabric industries, industrial units, offices, kitchen areas, domestic properties, and much more

Type

Foam

U/L rating

Class A and B fires

Size

553 mm (H) x 224 mm (W) x162 mm (Diameter)

Total weight

9.5 kg

Net agent weight/capacity

6 litres

Mounting bracket

Included

Warranty

5 years

PROS

FireChief CO2 is made of aluminium, doesn't weigh much, and has a durable body. It will serve you for years to come.

CONS

Doesn't have a manual in the package.

OUR VERDICT

It is the best solution for offices with numerous electrical appliances. This extinguisher quenches the fire without damaging the equipment.

detailed parameters
Best for

Used in almost all working environments where valuable electronics like computers are used

Type

Gas (Carbon dioxide)

U/L rating

Class B fires

Size

490 mm (H) x 180 mm (W) x 117 mm (Diameter)

Total weight

4.91 kg

Net agent weight/capacity

2 kg

Mounting bracket

Included

Warranty

10 years

PROS

The variety of fire classes it covers makes this extinguisher suitable for different applications like in the office or in a vehicle.

CONS

Has no mounting bracket in the package.

OUR VERDICT

Kidde KSPS1X is the basics of your home fire security systems, your workplace, or even a car. At a modest price, this extinguisher guarantees your safety wherever you are.

detailed parameters
Best for

Can be used to fight most types of domestic and vehicle fires

Type

Powder (monoammonium phosphate)

U/L rating

Class A, B, and C fires

Size

305 mm (H) x 90 mm (Diameter)

Total weight

1.4 kg

Net agent weight/capacity

1 kg

Mounting bracket

Not included

Warranty

6 years

PROS

A large water capacity of this one allows you to cover a big fire area in your house and handle rather severe cases.

CONS

Water weighs a lot.

OUR VERDICT

It is effective and non-toxic at the same time, making it the best pick for domestic use and a must-have for each family.

detailed parameters
Best for

Home

Type

Water

U/L rating

Class A fires

Size

733 mm (H) x 230 mm (W) x 210 mm (Diameter)

Total weight

16 kg

Net agent weight/capacity

9 litres

Mounting bracket

Included

Warranty

5 years

PROS

Small weight and compact design let you easily store it in a car trunk without taking up much space.

CONS

The bracket might seem not to mount very well.

OUR VERDICT

AA Fire is a really handy extinguisher as in you can get it ready in mere 7–8 seconds and get to fighting a fire promptly.

detailed parameters
Best for

Electrical fire in a car, caravan, home, or boat.

Type

Powder

U/L rating

Class B and C fires

Size

300 mm x 46 mm

Total weight

1.1 kg

Net agent weight/capacity

950 g

Mounting bracket

Included

Warranty

5 years

What is a Fire Extinguisher

Unfortunately, our lives are full of unpredictable situations and some of them are extremely dangerous. Fire is among the most frequent hazards people face in their lives. When a fire grows stronger, it's in the competence of firefighters, but if a flame has just started, it's up to a fire extinguisher to handle it. Fire extinguishers must be present at workplaces according to the safety regulations. Having a fire extinguisher at home is also reasonable, and our review will help you choose one.

A fire extinguisher is nice to have for those using fire pits or space heaters. Though these products usually have safety features, additional precautionary measures are never redundant.

What Features to Compare

Class

Picking a fire extinguisher, you have to know the place where it is to be used, the inflammable products there, and those who will use it. Still, decide on the place of use which can be a car, a garage, an office, or a house (apartment). This will help you choose the right active agent.

Generally, the active agents used in fire extinguishers are of the following types: water, gas, foam, and powder. Each one is suitable for extinguishing a fire on a particular material. Yet, we recommend you to be guided by classes of extinguishers specified on their labels:

  • Class A - solid combustibles (wood, plastic, paper, etc)
  • Class B - liquid combustibles (gasoline, paraffin, oil, etc)
  • Class C - flammable gases
  • Class D - metal (magnesium, titanium, aluminium, etc)
  • Class F - oils and greases

These letters are usually preceded by two numbers. The first number indicates the extinguishing capability, while the second means the area the unit is able to cover in square feet.

Capacity

You also need to pay attention to the fire extinguisher capacity. The volume of an extinguishing agent defines the fire area a model is able to cover. Thus, 1 lb of agent suffices approximately for 115 sq ft. Remember that a fire extinguisher should be located within 65 ft to a probable fire in residential facilities, and 100-130 ft in industrial objects and warehouses.

Size

Finally, consider the size of a fire extinguisher you are going to buy. If you pick one for your car, make sure it fits into the dedicated place and is easy to access. However, car fire extinguishers are usually quite small. As for extinguishers for household, size is not that important but the weight can be significant since elderly people might fail to use an overly heavy model. Buying a fire extinguisher for indoor use, check if it comes with a mounting bracket for easier installation.

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FireShield PRO 02903/253

Your Domestic Saviour

Rated A & B class fires useful, this fire extinguisher is a perfect pick for domestic and workplace occasions. Although we all hope that we will never need to use an extinguisher, each of the confined compartments like houses, garages, vehicles, and offices contain a huge number of furniture, appliances, and, overall, objects that are made of or covered with organic solids like wood and paper, or contain combustible liquids like oil, petrol, or diesel fuel. This particular model has a 5-year warranty that proves its reliability. Nevertheless, don’t forget about regular service, especially when the warranty is nearing its end.

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Designed to Be Handy

This model is not huge, yet it has a capacity of 6 litres, which is more than enough to fight small fires, even if you miss the direction of the discharge at first. There are captions and pictures printed on the surface that instruct you on how to use the tool in a case of emergency. As any proper fire extinguisher, this one has a wall bracket for mounting. The pressure gauge on the top of the cylinder shows whether it is capable of fighting the fire or not. If the indicator on the gauge enters the red sector, don’t use the fire extinguisher. Generally, performing an annual check of the extinguisher and maintaining it prevents any concerns.

FireShield PRO 02903/253 in the use

Safer to Use

Since the firefighting agent is foam, the propellant used to discharge it is the compressed dry air. Unlike the carbon dioxide, it is safer to use for people. It doesn’t leave solid residue like a dry powder extinguisher would but it needs to be soaked up after usage. Nevertheless, we believe it is always beneficial to have at least two types of extinguishers with different agents for multipurpose usage, covering four or more classes of fire to prevent any dangerous situation.

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FireShield PRO 02903/253
FireShield PRO 02903/253
 

A2Z Fire FXC2

Highest Standards

This reliable model is manufactured in the UK and it conforms to the highest standards, coming with a huge 34B rating and an impressive warranty for 10 years. It is also BAFE and BS EN3 approved, as well as CE marked, allowing it to pass any certification. It is highly effective in fighting B class fires, making it usable at home and in vehicles since it handles flammable liquids finely. Although the dimensions of this extinguisher tell it’s not compact, it is still one of the best picks to use in a car. It covers both electrical and liquid fires, which are the most common types you can encounter in a vehicle.

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Durable & Lightweight construction

Manufactured by the UK specialists, this extinguisher comes in a durable aluminium body to make it light, and, therefore, easy to handle. Designed for prompt and efficient action, it is portable and has a throw range of 4 metres and a discharge duration of only 8 seconds. Notably, this is a relatively short amount of time so you should direct the flow of the firefighting agents just right. It means that the most effective way to use this extinguisher is to focus on small areas where the heat source is concentrated. The total weight is 4.9 kg when the balloon is filled at the maximum pressure of 56 bars.

A2Z Fire FXC2 in the use

Usability At Its Finest

This device is well-thought-out and has a frost free horn that protects you from frost burns. It is a reasonable solution since this handy firefighter operates in a wide temperature range — from -20 to 60 degrees. You shouldn’t worry about accidental discharge since the manufacturers have it securely packaged with a pin plug for safer transit. It is based on carbon dioxide to accomplish its main task — get rid of a fire without damaging the electric appliances. However, it means you shouldn’t use it in small enclosed compartments.

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A2Z Fire FXC2
A2Z Fire FXC2
 

LIFESAVER KIDKSPS1X

Speaks for Its Name

A multipurpose solution for any user indeed, this fire extinguisher by Lifesaver comes with a 5A 34B C fire rating, meaning it is useful to put out the fire on organic solids, combustible liquids and flammable gases. To assure you in the reliability of this device, we must say it is fully compliant to the EN3 European Standard and comes with a 6-year warranty. The proper package bundle includes a mounting bracket which is unquestionably useful to put it on a wall or affix in your car’s trunk. It also includes a pressure gauge so that you can always check its readiness to get rid of any small domestic fire, including all kinds of electric ones.

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Balanced Characteristics

You simply can’t go wrong with this particular model if you choose it for domestic use. It weighs only 1.4 kg because the firefighting agent is a dry powder (mono-ammonium phosphate in this case). In a combination with nitrogen as the propellant that is compressed under 9 bars of pressure, the operating temperature range varies between -30 and 60 degrees, which is an impressive capability. Furthermore, the pressure level is enough to provide a discharge range of 4 metres and discharge time of only 7.8 seconds, letting you manage any occasion in a blink of an eye.

LIFESAVER KIDKSPS1X in the use

Operate Safely

Any efficient solution developed by a human being can be as harmful as it is useful. Talking about dry powder, it creates a dense cloud around the burning area, meaning you shouldn’t get close to it since the firefighting agent can be harmful to your lungs. Also, it can be dangerous for the equipment it gets inside of. A short time of discharge means the powder jet goes really intense and is under high pressure. Thus, you should keep your distance from the heat source. Otherwise, you will spread the fire with the force of a jet. The same applies to putting out fires caused by fat and oil since the powder is not capable of managing this type of fire.

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LIFESAVER KIDKSPS1X
LIFESAVER KIDKSPS1X
 

Draper 21675

Aqua Power

Water is a vital liquid in so many ways—from the fact that we literally can't live without drinking some for longer than a couple days to its ability to fight the flames, of course. As an active agent, it is mainly used to put out a fire on fabric, wood, paper, plastic, etc. A fluent water jet is not only capable of decreasing the amount of oxygen that surrounds a burning object, it also lowers the extreme temperature due to its high heat capacity. Water fire extinguishers use dry compressed air as the propellant. Hence, this combination of agent and discharger is truly eco-friendly. However, the density of the compressed water makes the extinguisher rather heavy. Although its water jet is easy to guide using the discharge hose and it takes more time to let all the liquid go (providing an opportunity to cover a larger area), this particular device still weighs 16 kg with a capacity of 9 litres.

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Simple and Useful

This model by Draper comes with all the necessary elements like the mounting bracket and pressure gauge. Unlike many of the other devices, it is refillable. However, please never try to refill the tank yourself. During the annual service, a specialist will discharge and fill it over again to make sure everything operates the way it should.

Draper 21675 in the use

Things to Put Into Consideration

Water has unique properties with both advantages and disadvantages when it comes to working the fire. This particular extinguisher has the 13A fire rating, making it irreplaceable to put out a fire on wood or paper. However, it is practically useless to fight fires on oil or electrical equipment. Therefore, it is not a versatile device but a perfect complement to your fire security system. In fact, there is no chemical substance that covers all the fire classes and purchasing a set of different extinguishers is the right way to care about safety.

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Draper 21675
Draper 21675
 

AA LR-MEZN-TWWJ

The Most Compact Model

Quenching fire from a pocket can be literally done using this device. A compact design of the tank is what many drivers seek as an addition to their safety kit. Thanks to the aluminium body, it is really lightweight (only 1.1 kg), utterly easy to use, and cheap to maintain. The aim of any fire extinguisher is not to fight but to prevent the spreading of the fire and this little one does it best when it comes to B and C-type fires. Keep it within easy reach and you can manage fire caused by any combustible liquid like petrol or kerosene and also electrical appliances. Unlike many other models that use powder as the agent, this one has a controllable discharge. Therefore, you won’t need to clean up the residue caused by a cloud of powder. We hope you will never need to use it at all, though.

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Don’t Get Confused by Contents

The firefighting agent in this particular model is BC powder, which is not a pain relief drug in this case. Being also referred to as the standard powder, it is based on sodium bicarbonate and used to be the standard before the ABC powder became common. The letters stand for the fire classes this chemical substance operates with. Both BC and ABC powders have an exceptional knock-out firefighting capability and are also cheap to produce, which defines the low price of the model under review.

AA LR-MEZN-TWWJ in the use

Useful Tips

Being designed for car use, it is geared toward fighting the aftermaths of a short circuit or preventing a small domestic fire from spreading. Therefore, this powder fire extinguisher is nearly useless for electrical appliances with voltage numbers that exceed 1,000 V. And as for combustible liquids like petrol, these are most likely to explode when stored in small enclosed spaces like a fuel tank. Hence, you should stay away from your car if you see both fire and leakage but you can’t detect or access its source.

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AA LR-MEZN-TWWJ
AA LR-MEZN-TWWJ
 

FAQ:

Q: How to use a CO2 fire extinguisher?
A: Firstly, check the safety pin to be in good condition (not bent). Keep a safe distance from the heat source and remove the safety pin. Don’t hold the horn if it is not frost-free. If the fire is caused by a liquid, move the horn across the area and make sure you don’t splash the combustible liquid with the jet. In the case of electric appliances, switch the electricity off if you can do it safely, and then aim the hose straight to the heat source. As the fire begins to diminish, slowly approach it. Keep in mind that a re-ignition is possible if the fire wasn’t fully extinguished by carbon dioxide.

Q: How many extinguishers should I have?
A: Based on HSE guidance, all the fire extinguishers must be located close to the identified fire points, and each one must correspond to the source of potential fire, meaning you should have a water based quencher for wood, fabric, and paper, foam or dry powder for flammable liquids, and CO2 for electrical appliances.

Q: What is the difference between kitemarked and CE marked models?
A: After 2000, all fire extinguishers that are meant to be sold in the UK and are not refurbished ones must be CE marked, which stands for European Community standards. A kitemark means that the extinguisher was tested by BSI, the British Standards Institute.

Q: What must the annual maintenance provided by fire equipment service include?
A: The maintenance standards include replacement of patches, pressure gauge, tamper seals, hose, and safety pin. Refilling depends on the particular type of your model.

Q: I’m not a resident of Mainland UK. Can I get my fire extinguisher via airmail or a ship?
A: Although the extinguishers are classified as dangerous goods, a shipping company can send you one if they have the license to do so.

Q: How to clean up the foam?
A: Wear gloves and goggles to protect yourself from carcinogenic chemicals, soak the foam up using paper towels or any kind of old fabric/towels that you can throw away. Use water to thoroughly wash and rinse the area, then use paper towels again if you see any excessive foam left. Place all the equipment you used to clean up into a plastic bag, ensure you seal it, and then throw away into a rubbish bin.

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