Fire Extinguishers & Suppression Systems
At Argos Fire Protection, we don’t just look after portable fire extinguishers; we are experts in all forms of fire extinguishant, suppression and sprinkler systems.
Portable Fire Extinguishers
Powder extinguishers contain a dry powder which is suitable for use with fires involving wood, paper and textiles (Class A), flammable liquids (Class B) and also live electrical equipment. There are various sizes available. The smallest extinguisher (weighing in at only 1.0kg) is suitable for use in cars, caravans and boats, whereas the larger ones are more suitable for factories where the fire risk is greater.
Water Extinguishers (H2O):
Water extinguishers are best used for putting out fires involving paper, wood and textiles (Class A), but they cannot be used on fires involving electrical equipment. These are the most common extinguishers, found in offices and schools. The water extinguisher comes in a variety of sizes (9 litres is the standard), and also comes in much smaller sizes by using an additive (3 litres is standard).
Carbon Dioxide Extinguishers (CO2):
Carbon Dioxide extinguishers offer a clean and extremely effective method for putting out fires involving flammable liquids (Class B), and are also very suitable for live electrical equipment. Because the cylinders are made out of aluminium, the weight of the extinguishers is reduced dramatically. This makes it easier for use by the operator. Because C02 is a gas, there is virtually no mess from the extinguishing agent itself, making this the ideal choice for people in the hi-tech and industrial trades.
Foam Extinguishers (AFFF):
Foam extinguishers are excellent for dealing with multi-hazard situations like paper, wood and textiles (Class A), and those involving flammable liquids (Class B). They offer rapid knock down of flames and have a smothering effect by covering the surface of the liquid with a blanket of foam. The foam extinguishers come in several types, ranging from 2 – 9 litres, depending on the risk involved.
Wet Chemical extinguishers are the best cooking oil fire extinguisher you can purchase. Tested and certified to both BS EN and BS7937, this extinguisher gives you maximum protection especially for Class F fires. The fine spray gives almost immediate flame extinguishment while the wet chemical agent reacts with the oil to form a soap-like film to seal the surface of the oil and cool it down.
We also supply and maintain a range of specialist extinguishers, including:
- D class powder (for metal fires)
- Halon (for ‘Essential’ uses within the EU, police, military and aviation)
- Halotron (where permitted outside the EU)
- Wheeled Extinguishers
Whatever your portable fire extinguisher needs, Argos Fire Protection Ltd can help. Contact us for more information or to arrange a free survey.
All too often fire hose reels can be installed and then forgotten about. Hose reels need to be serviced annually in accordance with BS 5306 Part 1:2006 to ensure they will operate correctly in an emergency.
Argos Fire Protection Ltd is fully qualified in the inspection and maintenance of fire hose reels and we offer an on-going fire hose reel service agreement so you never have to think about your hose reels again. Contact us for more information or to arrange a free no-obligation survey.
Fixed Kitchen Suppression Systems
These are designed to protect kitchen equipment from fire. They can be found in cafes, fast-food chains, food courts, sports complexes, convenience stores, hotels, gourmet restaurants, and other food service kitchens.
Argos Fire Protection are official distributors for the market-leading Ansul brand of kitchen suppression systems. See our Ansul page for more information.
Appliance-Specific Design. The most efficient fire protection is accomplished when nozzles are selected and aimed at specific hazard areas on each appliance. This method typically provides the most economical use of liquid agent reducing the size or quantity of storage tanks and associated hardware.
Overlapping Appliance Protection. When flexibility and simplicity are most important, nozzles are placed in an arrangement providing overlapping discharge patterns. This creates a virtual fire-free zone where appliances of various types and sizes are protected – even if they are replaced or rearranged.
Argos Fire Protection Ltd can design, supply and fit the Ansul R-102 range of suppression systems. See our Ansul page for more information, or contact us to arrange a free survey.
All buildings taller than 18 metres will normally have one or more dry risers (buildings over 60 metres have wet risers).
The British Standard Code of Practice BS9990:2006 requires a full annual pressure test and six monthly visual checks of dry risers. Dry risers can often be prone to serious neglect or vandalism so it is essential to have them regularly serviced. This service covers inlets, landing valves, drain valves and landing valve boxes, and a 10 bar pressure test annually. See our Dry Risers page for more information.
Argos Fire Protection Ltd are fully qualified to carry out dry riser maintenance and servicing using our own in-house engineers and our own test equipment. See our Dry Risers page for more information, or contact us to arrange a free no-obligation survey and quotation for dry riser maintenance.
All buildings taller than 60 metres will normally have one or more wet risers. Wet risers are similar in principle to dry risers but are permanently charged with water, and will often have associated tanks or pumping equipment.
The British Standard Code of Practice BS9990:2006 requires a full annual pressure test and six monthly visual checks of wet risers. Wet risers can often be prone to serious neglect or vandalism so it is essential to have them regularly serviced. This service covers inlets, landing valves, drain valves, pumps, tanks and landing valve boxes, and an annual pressure test.
Contact us for more information, or to arrange a free no-obligation quotation for maintenance of wet risers.
You never know when or where a fire will start in your home or commercial premises. Imagine if you could have a fire-fighter stationed in every room – 24 hours a day, ready to stop a fire the minute it broke out. That’s what sprinkler systems are – instant fire-fighters.
Sprinkler systems are available for both domestic and commercial premises. Everyone has heard about sprinkler systems, yet few understand the amazing benefits they provide. Even less people realise that you can fit a residential fire sprinkler system in your home for about the same cost as fitting new carpets.
Sprinklers contain fire in the place of origin and suppress flames and smoke efficiently and effectively. This allows ample time to evacuate the building safely via the fire exits, maintaining full vision and little or no smoke inhalation. In most cases, sprinklers will have totally extinguished a fire before the fire service arrives, meaning that the fire service only has to secure the building and conduct an investigation.
It’s simple: sprinklers save lives and save your building from being gutted by fire. It can take a year or more for a business to recover from the effects of fire; don’t let this happen to you.
Argos Fire Protection Ltd can design, supply and fit the full range of sprinkler systems, both domestic and residential. Contact us for more information or to arrange a free survey.
Whatever your fire extinguisher or fire suppression requirements, Argos Fire Protection have the necessary expertise. Contact us for friendly common sense advice.