ABSTRACT

The term 'portable fire extinguishers' generally covers first-aid fire fighting appliances which can be carried by hand and from which the extinguishing agent can be expelled, usually under pressure. They are extremely valuable for extinguishing fires at the early stages, but they cannot be used successfully to deal with large fires. They can be included in buildings having sprinklers and hose-reels, but it is essential that staff are trained in their use.