Why it’s important to service your traditional extinguisher (especially if you have them in vehicles)!
The Fire Safety Stick fire extinguisher is a compact, light, and portable Fire Extinguisher with incredible firefighting abilities. Following its success in several sectors already, we love to educate people about fire safety and unknown information about storage of such fire extinguishers, traditional or otherwise. So, here are some comparisons and points as to why the Fire Safety Stick may be a better option for you.
The Fire Safety Stick is a non-pressurised system, meaning in short that it is in a stable state.
Why is this a benefit? Well, it means that there is zero chance for accidental discharge of its contents when left alone. Unfortunately, it is all too common to see traditional fire extinguishers losing pressure suddenly, failing and/or discharging its contents unexpectantley. The causes for these failures could be various such as showing a false reading on the gauge, rusting and sustained vibrations to name a few. If you are not servicing them annually this is more and more likely to happen. As you may be aware the contents are very messy and are destructive in nature, especially powder, as they can damage electronics, metals and other surfaces, you would need to have the area specially cleaned to remove the mess and residue left behind.
Reduction of discharge time
If you have or were to store a traditional dry powder in a vehicle there is a possibility that the original discharge time of the extinguisher can reduce, this is partly because traditional fire extinguishers are designed to be stored stationary on a wall and inside in a controlled environment. The reduction of discharge time can be caused by vibrations, and fluctuating temperatures, even though the gauge shows sufficient pressure and is in the green, it may be compacting the powder inside, creating clumps and sediment at the bottom of the canister, this can block the nozzle of the fire extinguisher if not regularly serviced.
This issue is not a risk with the Fire Safety Stick, as the unit is non-pressurised and is in a stable state, meaning there’s no chance of a reduction of discharge time when exposed to temperature fluctuations and vibrations in a vehicle.
Weight and size
One of the most common mobile traditional fire extinguishers is the 1kg Dry Powder, its total weight is roughly 2.2kg (includes contents and housing), and size is usually H 33cm x W 12cm. Now, compare that to a Fire Safety Stick starting at 215g and H 27cm x W 3cm, showing its lighter and smaller frame advantages.
The possibilities of how you can choose to store the Fire Safety Stick are almost endless, mount it on a wall, place in a drawer, inside a cupboard and any other easy-to-access area of your home. Whereas for your vehicle, you can hold it inside the glovebox, door spaces, mount it to the back of a seat, footwell, centre console, and if you are a motorsport enthusiast, mounting it to a roll cage or bar is available as well with third party mounts available with some distributors.
Fire fighting capabilities
Unlike most traditional fire extinguishers, the fire safety stick is able to tackle ALL major fire classifications, which are classes A/B/C/F and Electrical (up to 100,000v). So there is no need to think about which type of fire you may be faced with, just pick up and go.
The Fire Safety Stick also boasts an impressive discharge time too, here are some examples of traditional fire extinguisher and they’re discharge times compared to our two Fire Safety Stick models.
If you have any of the following extinguishers, these are the discharge times you can typically expect:
1KG Dry Powder > 7 seconds
6Ltr Foam > 19 seconds
6Ltr Water > 31 seconds
3Ltr Wet Chemical > 14 seconds
5KG CO2 > 15 seconds
Our Fire Safety Sticks!
FSS50 > Over 50 seconds
FSS100 > Over 100 seconds
FSS50 typical £74.50RRP > 15 Year Shelf Life (equates to less than £5 per year)
FSS100 typical £104RRP > 15 Year Shelf Life (equates to less than £7 per year)
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