Mobile fire extinguishers

Third party approval of the mobile fire extinguisher will help to ensure that they will function correctly if properly maintained, it will also demonstrate due diligence in supporting risk assessment based legislation. LPCB approval also helps ensure the mobile fire extinguishers meet and continue to meet appropriate standards.

Mobile fire extinguishers are manufactured and tested to a class B type fire but also cover class A fire if necessary with powder and water based extinguishing media tested in accordance with EN 3-7.

 

LPCB offers certification of Mobile fire extinguishers to:-

EN 1866-1 Mobile fire extinguishers

EN 1866 applies to mobile fire extinguishers with a total mass above 20kg for powder, water based and CO2 extinguishers and manoeuvred by an operator on foot only. This standard does not cover fire tests for class C and class F fires but the extinguishing media can be effective on these types of fire. Class D fires are considered to be very specialist application and are not included.

Caution: To be sure of reliable, proven, performance of the fire extinguisher in fire condition, the extinguisher should carry independent proof of performance, such as the LPCB mark, and if it is to be supplied into the EU the additional CE mark will also be required as defined by PED.  

Always follow manufacturers use, installation and servicing instruction and replace after use.   

Abbreviations used for LPCB listing of mobile fire extinguishers:   

W – Water                                           WB - Water based (water plus additive) 
ABC or BC - Dry Powder                       CO2 - Carbon Dioxide 
SP - Stored pressure actuation              GC - Gas cartridge actuation 

Labelling  
A requirement of EN 1866 is that each mobile fire extinguisher must be clearly labelled to identify the classes of fire for which they have demonstrated satisfactory performance as defined in BS EN 1866. In summary: 

Class A - for use on flammable solid materials, e.g. wood, paper, coal, straw, cloth.
Class B - for use on fires involving flammable liquids or liquefiable solids.
Class C - for fires involving gases.
Class D - for fires involving metals, e.g. magnesium, sodium, cadmium, manganese.
Class F - for use on cooking oil fires.             

Colour Coding 
EN 1866 permits a zone of colour of up to 10% of the external area of the extinguisher body to be used to identify the extinguishing agent in accordance with national specifications.  

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