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Servicing fire extinguisher
#1
So, years ago I bought a fire extinguisher for the house.  Dry powder, see pictures.  Can't remember where I got it, but it was one of the highstreet stores.

Anyway, it seems that I should service it annually.  Any idea i) where I should go for this or ii) the cost of this (versus buying a new unit).

A quick Google search doesn't reveal much as it all seems to be commercial services.  One price I saw was for stg£ 12.00 per unit serviced, which wouldn't make it cost-effective to do.

   
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#2
At home, don't bother. Keep an eye on the pressure gauge, every couple of months shake it around a bit to stop the powder caking and that should do it. After 10 years fire it off and get a new one.

Foam & CO2 would probably be a better job for the house, powder will put the fire out, but make a fierce mess doing it.
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#3
I disagree. Foam would be useless on the usual source of house fires, electrical. DP is best for all possible household fires. Alternatively a good fire blanket.
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#4
Have to agree with civdef on this one, dry powder makes an awful mess, CO2 is the way to go but remember if its anything larger than a paper bin it will not put it out, they can be useful to knock back a fire to aid escape but thats about it, a fire blanket is a must in every household and knowing how to use it properly.
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#5
(15-07-2017, 10:34 PM)Dirtyshirt72 Wrote: I disagree. Foam would be useless on the usual source of house fires, electrical. DP is best for all possible household fires. Alternatively a good fire blanket.

Just plug out / switch off and the electricity disappears (and the RCD probably tripped anyway).

Electricity doesn't travel all that far up a foam jet either - very unlikely to get a shock even if something was still live.

DP fired indoors will badly impair vision, and it's no craic for breathing either.
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#6
(15-07-2017, 10:45 PM)civdef Wrote: DP fired indoors will badly impair vision, and it's no craic for breathing either.

Having fired one off in a bedroom with a small fire I can 100% back up that statement!
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#7
As Civdef says check the pressure fudge and throw it away once it goes in the red.
They're so cheap now it's not worth servicing them.
Wouldn't allow a dry powder extinguisher inside the door of a house, they'll destroy the place. I have managed to keep a BCF extinguisher charged and maintained, nothing better than it but can't be got anymore, mores the pity.
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#8
I agree with the above. Dry powder destroys the place and it's hard to breath if you get a lung full. That said, I think it's far better that CO2.
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#10
Technically there is no such thing as an electrical fire anymore. Electricity doesn't 'burn' it simply causes another substance to ignite. So turn off the power and u have a standard ABC fire.

Also be careful with CO2 and small spaces, where powder isn't fun to inhale CO2 will stop you from breathing if in a small space.
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