How to protect fire safety equipment in winter

As the Autumn nights start to draw in, we know that winter is just around the corner. That means colder weather with the possibility of freezing temperatures.


Bearing this in mind and to be sure you are prepared, if you store any fire safety equipment outdoors or in unheated rooms, then you need to think about protecting it from extreme weather conditions to ensure that, in the case of a fire, your fire extinguishers will be in full working order and not frozen solid or full of rust.

Spend some time now making sure your important fire safety equipment is protected from the elements to ensure you are ready for whatever the weather may bring.

What can you do to protect your fire safety equipment?
BS 5306 outlines a requirement for protective measures to be taken for extinguishers or alternatively, opt for extinguishers designed to withstand certain environments.

Manufactured from ABS plastic, a material which is durable, shatter-proof and long-lasting, our Fire Extinguisher Cabinets are a great way to protect your extinguishers from extreme weather conditions and vandalism.

Our Fire Extinguisher Cabinets come with weather seals which protect them from rain, snow and ice as well as preventing unnecessary corrosion. Cabinets can be used both indoors and out, and can be securely fitted onto any surface in most situations.

For extra security, you have the option of choosing one with either a lock, alarm, or both. These security measures won’t hamper the use of an extinguisher in case of a fire as keys are visible and accessible from the front of the cabinet.

Cabinets are available in different sizes, and we also provide Double Extinguisher Cabinets which fit two extinguishers, ideal for locations with various risks.

Protecting against freezing temperatures
Fire Extinguisher Cabinets are great for all-round fire extinguisher protection and keeping cold, wet weather at bay. However, certain extinguishers need extra protection from freezing weather temperatures.

Water and foam extinguishers installed outdoors (or in areas with no heating) are particularly vulnerable and their contents may freeze and the internal lining become damaged. This renders them useless should they ever be needed.

An anti-freeze fire extinguisher provides a solution for those environments that can reach bitterly cold temperatures. These will still operate in temperatures of minus 9 degrees centigrade, with others freezing at 0. *You can only get anti-freeze extinguishers which contain water. This means that only Class A fires (wood, paper, fabric, etc.) can be tackled with these types of extinguisher.

This type of extinguisher is ideal for building sites and construction sites, as well as other outdoor settings like holiday parks, campsites, farms and places of education. An anti-freeze extinguisher ensures that, should you need to use the equipment in winter, it’s functional and its contents haven’t frozen.

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