Fire Safety Stick FAQs

Fire Safety Stick FAQs

We love these Fire Sticks and believe everyone should have them to hand. Here are the top FAQs from our supplier, Fire Safety Stick. Head to their FAQs page if you want to read the full list.

What is the Fire Safety Stick?

The ideal fire extinguisher to always keep close. Incredibly small and light, this works on all major classes of fire leaving no damaging mess afterwards. The product lasts 15 years with no servicing needed. Easy to use and durable in all conditions, the Fire Safety Stick is completely safe and environmentally friendly. It can even be left to fight the fire while you escape to safety.

What is the discharge time of the Fire Safety Stick?

There are two options available depending on their minimum discharge times – 50 seconds and 100 seconds. Just compare that to a traditional powder extinguisher weighing 1kg to 2kg: these would only have a discharge time of just 7 seconds (providing it has been correctly maintained)!

Does it make a mess like traditional extinguishers?

NO! The discharge gas form the Fire Safety Stick is totally clean and will not leave any damaging residue. During discharge, a chemical reaction does take place which occasionally expels a trace amount of soot from the casing. Even in the most extreme instance, the net total of discharge is so minuscule compared to a traditional extinguisher that it is effectively considered to be non-existent. Beyond the clean nature of the discharge, FSS is non-corrosive, non-toxic, and environmentally safe. Compare this to typical powder or foam extinguishers which often create more damage and mess than the fire itself.

Is it safe to transport?

The two components necessary for the ignition of the FSS are placed on opposite ends of the device, rendering accidental ignition during transport and storage impossible. Also, because the FSS is not pressurised at all - unlike traditional extinguishers - you do not need to worry about any associated risks with them. Of course we would always recommend sensible safe practices when storing them. 

But I have had this extinguisher for nearly 10 years and it still has a green pressure gauge...

Regular fire extinguishers MUST be serviced every year and professionally replaced after five. The pressure gauges are a well-known failure point: the rubber “o” rings inside easily perish and the gauge will stick. Plus the contents in powder extinguishers clump together. Then in an emergency when you really need that extinguisher, it will fail or only give you a few seconds of fire fighting time. But with a Fire Safety Stick, you have no regrets: even without any maintenance, after 10 years it will still give the full fire fighting capacity that it would have done on the day you bought it.

But I could buy a normal extinguisher for a lot less!

Yes, you could, but overall the Fire Safety Stick is much better value and will cost a lot less in the long run. Traditional extinguishers only have a shelf life of 5 years maximum and even then, only if they are serviced every year (which will cost you further). The FSS needs no servicing at all, and has a proven shelf life of over 15 years. Depending on the risk of different classes of fires, you may need to have two different traditional extinguishers. The Fire Safety Stick, however, is suitable for all major classifications so you only need one. Finally, if you did use a traditional extinguisher or accidentally set it off, the mess it creates will cost you an awful lot more. The FSS leaves no mess, no residue and no corrosive damage.

Does it have a British Standard Approval or Kitemark?

The FSS has the European CE mark of approval. It also has numerous other certifications from around the world, including independent tests to confirm its ability to extinguish classes A, B, C, Electrical to 100,000 volts and class F Fires. Currently, it does not have the British Standards (BSi) Approval and therefore, a Kitemark. Because the Fire Safety Stick is a totally unique system, current guidelines do not apply to it at all. It doesn’t even come under the BS6165:2019 for small disposable fire extinguishers, as it’s a non-pressurised, non-aerosol type. Therefore, they would need to create a whole new approvals process for this type of extinguisher which has only been introduced to the UK market since Spring 2019.

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