1kg Fire Extinguisher £2.99 instore @ Poundstretcher (Hertford)
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1kg Fire Extinguisher £2.99 instore @ Poundstretcher (Hertford)

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Found 9th Jul 2017
Found this earlier today in Poundstretcher Hertford..which is quite a small store.

Was priced up at £8.99 which I thought was a good deal anyways..but it scanned through at £2.99.

Hot hot hot.
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"Would I trust a £3 fire extinguisher?" I bet you would grab it if there's a fire.
"Powder extinguishers are messy" I bet you would rather clean up powder, than redecorating charred room - if you still have a room.
"C02 extinguishers are better" it depends on useage, however I picked one up Buy It Now for £14 brand new as it was "out of date" which I use for homebrew, and C02 doesn't go out of date...
"Would you trust an out of date extinguisher?" You'll find there's regulations within a commercial environment that checks them over each year, its not out of date, it out of its service period. How overdue is your home PAT tested?
There' will probably be people who will be standing outside their flame engulfed home thinking "why didn't I trust a Hot Deals £3 fire extinguisher, but trust a Hot Deals £3 Kodi box from China"

would you really trust your family / house to a three quid fire extinguisher?

EliTom
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Water, Foam, CO2 or Dry powder??
Gentle_Giant1 m ago

Water, Foam, CO2 or Dry powder??

​Photo seems to be 1kg ABC Dry Powder
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would you really trust your family / house to a three quid fire extinguisher?

EliTom
elitom2 m ago

would you really trust your family / house to a three quid fire …would you really trust your family / house to a three quid fire extinguisher?EliTom

Yeah I know what you're saying. Hopefully it won't ever get used to find out.
elitom19 m ago

would you really trust your family / house to a three quid fire …would you really trust your family / house to a three quid fire extinguisher?EliTom

It is CE marked, so should be fine but if you're that concerned send one to your local Trading Standards/Environmental Health Department for testing.
better than nowt....ive got similar in my kitchen never used thank god prob out of date
Edited by: "mattinhull" 9th Jul 2017
BertieWusster

It is CE marked, so should be fine but if you're that concerned send one … It is CE marked, so should be fine but if you're that concerned send one to your local Trading Standards/Environmental Health Department for testing.




should be CE marked - by law !

but maybe short dated - Fire Extingusiher do have an expiry date you know !

EliTom
I think people should chill, it's been reduced as people are more conscious about safety esp around fire incidents and most retailers are doing their bit by selling it for cheap, it's always good to have one in the kitchen, car etc
BertieWusster

It is CE marked, so should be fine but if you're that concerned send one … It is CE marked, so should be fine but if you're that concerned send one to your local Trading Standards/Environmental Health Department for testing.


There have been a number of cases of fake fire blankets and extinguishers being sold in this country which have the CE mark printed on them illegally. The local Trading Standards Office should be able to advise if this is likely to be one.
CE mark isnt worth the paper it is sometimes printed on.

If you dont believe me, go look up what it actually means.

£3 is cheap, they may well be close to the end of their shelf life, as the usual price for this size is around £9-£16; however they will probably still work for several years after that date; I had a bunch of expired ones I decided to save and let the staff try out (they had been expired for a couple of years by the time we tried them out); every single one still worked, and had enough propellant to push out all of the powder.

1KG doesnt put out much of a fire though, so buy several; I keep two in the car.
Whenever possible avoid using powder fire extinguishers. Most fires can be treated with alternative types of extinguishers. Use a powder one to deal with a small paper bin or electric fire or set it off accidentally and you'll spend next month cleaning up. The fine dust is also known to damage electronics when it gets inside.

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Wow it's hot in here!...anyone got a fire extinguisher?
cocollino

Whenever possible avoid using powder fire extinguishers. Most fires can … Whenever possible avoid using powder fire extinguishers. Most fires can be treated with alternative types of extinguishers. Use a powder one to deal with a small paper bin or electric fire or set it off accidentally and you'll spend next month cleaning up. The fine dust is also known to damage electronics when it gets inside.


True about the mess, but dry powder, used correctly, is hard to beat. Just remember to give the extinguisher a shake every so often otherwise the powder can settle into a near solid mass, and when you fire it, all you'll get is a puff of powder and a lot of gas.
The damage to electrical equipment is a drawback, but then so's being destroyed by fire. I'd imagine an insurance company would look favourably on a claim for damage incurred in extinguishing a fire.
Edited by: "qbs" 9th Jul 2017
for that price buy 2 and test 1 simples

ave done many a fire course and power still best for what ave seen
ok you will have some dust no biggie
better than a fire any day of the week
Edited by: "piker271" 9th Jul 2017
ant300057 m ago

Wow it's hot in here!...anyone got a fire extinguisher?


No, but if you want to "you can take off all your clothes..."
elitom4 h, 55 m ago

would you really trust your family / house to a three quid fire …would you really trust your family / house to a three quid fire extinguisher?EliTom


Yes
bah
if they was Co2 I could use them for homebrew
Dry powder (powdered aluminium or talc), has the widest range of fire applications; hence the majority of cheap extinguishers being Dry Powder.

There is the potential to damage electrical/electronic gear IF IT IS SWITCHED ON.

A simple vacuum cleaner will remove it, unlike water/foam - which will also damage electrical/electronic gear - and nearly everything else.

CO2 is best for electrical fires, but has its own limitations (and dangers).

None of these types will put out a lithium battery fire, if the fire is well established.
Is this national
OP you need one of these to put out the fire from this deal! Heat.
Does anyone need the PLU code or the barcode?
Dry powder are 5 years lasting so unless been sat on shelves for 4 years and 11 months then should be ok
Suitable for kitchen fires?
ashraf86uk

I think people should chill, it's been reduced as people are more … I think people should chill, it's been reduced as people are more conscious about safety esp around fire incidents and most retailers are doing their bit by selling it for cheap, it's always good to have one in the kitchen, car etc



Doubt that very much
piginabox

Suitable for kitchen fires?



Depends what you mean by "kitchen fire" as it depends whats burning, but powder is usually OK for most fires
Suitable for ambushing your friend with as a prank?
frakison

Depends what you mean by "kitchen fire" as it depends whats burning, but … Depends what you mean by "kitchen fire" as it depends whats burning, but powder is usually OK for most fires


Cheers.
Not sure I would trust a £2.99 poundland extinguisher plus u will need to get it commissioned b4 u can use it
Philk81

Not sure I would trust a £2.99 poundland extinguisher plus u will need to … Not sure I would trust a £2.99 poundland extinguisher plus u will need to get it commissioned b4 u can use it


Commissioned by who? For use in your own house car or caravan, I doubt that very much.
"Would I trust a £3 fire extinguisher?" I bet you would grab it if there's a fire.
"Powder extinguishers are messy" I bet you would rather clean up powder, than redecorating charred room - if you still have a room.
"C02 extinguishers are better" it depends on useage, however I picked one up Buy It Now for £14 brand new as it was "out of date" which I use for homebrew, and C02 doesn't go out of date...
"Would you trust an out of date extinguisher?" You'll find there's regulations within a commercial environment that checks them over each year, its not out of date, it out of its service period. How overdue is your home PAT tested?
There' will probably be people who will be standing outside their flame engulfed home thinking "why didn't I trust a Hot Deals £3 fire extinguisher, but trust a Hot Deals £3 Kodi box from China"

elitom

would you really trust your family / house to a three quid fire … would you really trust your family / house to a three quid fire extinguisher?EliTom


Something is better than nothing.
See the same arguments on the Mobiles section re: £1 phone cases for £700 smart phones.
Cameron922 h, 4 m ago

Suitable for ambushing your friend with as a prank?

And to spray thru the letterbox of people you don't like, also good for your neighbours cat when is struts thru your garden like it owns the place.
michaeljb2 h, 15 m ago

And to spray thru the letterbox of people you don't like, also good for …And to spray thru the letterbox of people you don't like, also good for your neighbours cat when is struts thru your garden like it owns the place.


The type of neighbour you sound like you best tape your letterbox up then.
I thought mine was out of date but on closer inspection it has a manufacturing date but no expiry or anything on it saying chuck away after x years, i assume the expiry is when that gage on the top goes from the green to the red?
Wezhayw

"Would I trust a £3 fire extinguisher?" I bet you would grab it if … "Would I trust a £3 fire extinguisher?" I bet you would grab it if there's a fire."Powder extinguishers are messy" I bet you would rather clean up powder, than redecorating charred room - if you still have a room."C02 extinguishers are better" it depends on useage, however I picked one up Buy It Now for £14 brand new as it was "out of date" which I use for homebrew, and C02 doesn't go out of date..."Would you trust an out of date extinguisher?" You'll find there's regulations within a commercial environment that checks them over each year, its not out of date, it out of its service period. How overdue is your home PAT tested? There' will probably be people who will be standing outside their flame engulfed home thinking "why didn't I trust a Hot Deals £3 fire extinguisher, but trust a Hot Deals £3 Kodi box from China"




It isnt the fire retardant used that is the issue with the use by dates; it is the slow loss of pressure from the C02 cartridge that pushes the dry powder/foam/water out.

Most of these cheap extinguishers are sealed, the better ones can have the C02 propellant cylinder replaced; the CO2 cylinders even have the fully charged weight stamped into them, so you can weigh them to find out if they are still good.

Sadly, there is a stupid rumour that has been going around for decades, that these propellant cylinders can get you high; about 8-12 people per year try it and die - the high pressure of the CO2 basically blasting through the nasal cavity into the brain.
(We all had a course on substance abuse after someone tried and died at my school)
Gentle_Giant22 h, 28 m ago

CE mark isnt worth the paper it is sometimes printed on.If you dont …CE mark isnt worth the paper it is sometimes printed on.If you dont believe me, go look up what it actually means.£3 is cheap, they may well be close to the end of their shelf life, as the usual price for this size is around £9-£16; however they will probably still work for several years after that date; I had a bunch of expired ones I decided to save and let the staff try out (they had been expired for a couple of years by the time we tried them out); every single one still worked, and had enough propellant to push out all of the powder.1KG doesnt put out much of a fire though, so buy several; I keep two in the car.

I know what CE marking means - I work in H&S, including Product Safety. And in this case it's not printed on paper but metal, so probably worth a lot more. ;-)
LibDemFoP22 h, 34 m ago

There have been a number of cases of fake fire blankets and extinguishers …There have been a number of cases of fake fire blankets and extinguishers being sold in this country which have the CE mark printed on them illegally. The local Trading Standards Office should be able to advise if this is likely to be one.

Whilst there are abuses of the system they are fairly rare in the case of established high street retailers.
Gentle_Giant

Dry powder (powdered aluminium or talc), has the widest range of fire … Dry powder (powdered aluminium or talc), has the widest range of fire applications; hence the majority of cheap extinguishers being Dry Powder.There is the potential to damage electrical/electronic gear IF IT IS SWITCHED ON.A simple vacuum cleaner will remove it, unlike water/foam - which will also damage electrical/electronic gear - and nearly everything else.CO2 is best for electrical fires, but has its own limitations (and dangers).None of these types will put out a lithium battery fire, if the fire is well established.


"Dry powder (powdered aluminium or talc)" Really?? The best is Monnex and it's potassium bicarbonate/urea based. Others use ammonium phosphate and ammonium sulphate.
If you think you can use powdered aluminium as an extinguishant, you might want to read this
qbs

"Dry powder (powdered aluminium or talc)" Really?? The best is Monnex and … "Dry powder (powdered aluminium or talc)" Really?? The best is Monnex and it's potassium bicarbonate/urea based. Others use ammonium phosphate and ammonium sulphate. If you think you can use powdered aluminium as an extinguishant, you might want to read this




Some of the cheap one do - or did, and I know what the issues are, as well as the health hazards.

A firm I worked for ran their own internal fire brigade, and some of us had extensive training in extinguishers, types and fillings; including the several different types of foam extinguishers used on site; as well as regular live fire exercises* - there were a number of process's onsite that needed special precautions in the event of a fire.

One of the alu filled ones was used on a particular fire, to demonstrate what could go wrong (this was early 1980's).

It all came in very handy when I worked for Cosworth, as we had a fairly major fire about every 6-8 weeks, but the management wouldnt change the process that caused it - or allow us to call the Fire brigade. 80+ large extinguishers would get used on average, although I remember one where we were down to the last couple in the building; they still wouldnt let us call 999, even though there was a brand new fire engine being demonstrated for the local press no more than 100m from the factory doors..

*The failure rate on the water filled extinguishers was very high, even though the ones on site were checked EVERY year by the "real" Fire Brigade engineer.
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