Best Fire Extinguisher for the Garden?
So your garden incinerator, Chiminea or fire pit is in full flow and a worst case scenario arises...it causes something else to catch light. This could be because you have set it too close to something flammable, or it could have been knocked over or a spark has ignited something close by.
We strongly recommend that you keep some kind of fire extinguisher around the house and it's good practice to have one outside to cover the garden, shed or garage for example.
So what type of extinguisher is best for the garden? Well to understand that you need to know what types of fires there are. Fires are general broken down into six (6) type which are described alphabetically:
Now we know what types of fires there are we can start to address what type of extinguisher is suitable.
By looking at the below image we can see that a Dry Powder extinguisher can be safely applied to Class A, B, C and E which we feel would cover almost all the fires likely to be encountered in the garden i.e. solid material (wooden fences/sheds,wood stores/piles, garden furniture), flammable liquids (petrol, oil. paraffin), flammable gases used in BBQs/fire pits and outside heater and electrical fires.
Do note that dry powder extinguishers are not recommended for use in enclosed/indoor spaces as the powder can affect the respiratory system
See here for Our Recommended Dry Powder Extinguishers
The best way to deal with a fire in and around the garden is to avoid them firstly...Always be safe around fire and if any doubt dont tackle it yourself but call the emergency services.
The above graphic has been taken from Marsden Fire Safety and all copyright and intellectual property remains theirs. The original article can be found here- Marsden Fire Safety- Fire Extinguishers| Fire Safety Equipment and Fire Safety Consultancy
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