Foam Fire Extinguishers

Our foam fire extinguishers are ideal for use on Class A and B fires. They create a thick blanket of foam that smothers flames and prevents reignition, making them a reliable and effective choice for a variety of settings.

All of our Fire Extinguishers are supply only and do not arrive commissioned. A competent installer is required.


Foam Fire Extinguishers: The Versatile Solution for Flammable Liquids and More

Foam fire extinguishers are an essential part of any comprehensive fire safety plan, offering effective suppression capabilities for a variety of fire types. Understanding when and how to use foam extinguishers, as well as how they compare to other extinguisher types, is key to ensuring the safety of your property and personnel in the UK.

Understanding Foam Fire Extinguishers

Foam fire extinguishers are designed to tackle Class A fires involving solid combustibles and Class B fires involving flammable liquids. They work by forming a blanket over the fire, cutting off the oxygen supply and suppressing the flames. This makes them particularly effective for fires involving petrol, oils, and fats that water extinguishers cannot address.

When to Use Foam Fire Extinguishers

  • Class A Fires: Similar to water extinguishers, foam models are effective against fires involving wood, paper, textiles, and some plastics.
  • Class B Fires: Foam extinguishers excel in situations where flammable liquids are involved, making them a better choice than water extinguishers for these scenarios.

Foam vs. Other Fire Extinguishers

  • Water Extinguishers: Ideal for Class A fires but not suitable for Class B liquid fires where foam extinguishers shine.
  • CO2 Extinguishers: Best for electrical fires (Class E) and some flammable liquids, offering a non-residue solution unlike foam, which may leave a residue.
  • Dry Chemical Extinguishers: A versatile option for Class A, B, and C fires, dry chemical extinguishers can tackle a wide range of fires, including those suitable for foam extinguishers, but with the downside of leaving a powdery residue.
  • Wet Chemical Extinguishers: Specifically designed for Class F fires (cooking oils and fats), wet chemical extinguishers are the preferred choice for kitchen environments, whereas foam extinguishers are not recommended for these types of fires.

Maintenance and Usage

Foam fire extinguishers require regular maintenance checks, including ensuring the seal is intact, the pressure gauge reads in the operational range, and the body is free from damage. Usage involves the PASS technique (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep), similar to other types of extinguishers, with careful aim at the fire’s base for effective suppression.


Foam fire extinguishers are a versatile and effective choice for many environments, particularly where flammable liquids present a risk. However, understanding the specific applications and limitations of foam extinguishers, as well as how they fit within a broader fire safety strategy that includes other types of extinguishers, is crucial. By equipping your space with the right types of fire extinguishers and ensuring proper maintenance and training, you can provide a safer environment for everyone.

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