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Water Mist FAQs

What is water mist?

Dry water Mist is a new development from Jewel Saffire Products, enabling a fire extinguisher to apply water droplets as small as 25 Microns in diameter, allowing many of droplets to be produced with small amounts of water.

What is Micron Size?

A Micron is a unit of measurement that measures less than 0.001mm in diameter.

How many droplets are produced from your fire extinguishers?

Our fire extinguishers produce over 22 billion droplets of water from 1L of water, giving them incredible fire extinguishing power, regardless of which size of water mist extinguisher you use.

Why is water mist safe to use on different types of fire?

The  water mist droplets are so small, they prevent electricity from travelling through it – allowing the extinguisher to be used on Electrical Fires. As the impact of the droplets is so miniscule, the extinguishers can be used on flammable liquids and the deadly F Class fires without the danger of a flashback to the user, and as normal, the cooling effect of the water will extinguish Class A Fires (flammable textiles / solids etc).

How does water mist work?

The E-Series water mist fire extinguisher works by eliminating one or more sides of the fire triangle, extinguishing the fire and preventing re ignition in most cases.

What is the fire triangle?

The Fire Triangle - This shows the 3 elements that are required for a fire to ignite. Remove any 1 of these elements and the fire will be extinguished.

How do fires start?

Heat is applied to combustible material, the temperature of the material rises and free radicals begin to form.

Free radicals and gases become airborne, and begin to bond with oxygen in the air. Once there is a sufficient amount of gas formed, it ignites (Pyrolysis).

The gases burn, generating heat and forming more free radicals and therefore, more gas.

 What are free radicals?

Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms that have at least one unpaired electron and are therefore unstable and highly reactive.

How is the fire extinguished?

The extinguisher is activated, removing 2 of the 3 Fire Triangle Elements. Heat is removed via the mist droplets and the oxygen particles via the steam.

The fire is extinguished. Steam (inert) formed by the mist during extinguishing continues to evaporate, dissipating the heat and oxygen from the fire source, cooling the material to prevent re-ignition.

Is there any collateral damage after discharge?

There is very little collateral damage after discharge, as described previously, the mist turns to steam and evaporates, both preventing re-ignition from cooling and suffocating the fire whilst maintaining a specific density in the air to allow you and those around you to breathe normally.

What are the advantages of water mist?

Water mist has many advantages over conventional methods;

-          The extinguishers are safer to use as the agent is pure water with no additives and no fluorosurfactants.

-          Water mist extinguishers can reduce the risk of making mistakes by using the wrong extinguisher on different classes of fire. The versatility of the E-Series makes staff training much easier.

-          The extinguishers are exceptional at clearing smoke and most people that are killed in fire related incidents do so from inhaling smoke as they try to escape rather than actually being caught up in the fire.

-          When the fire is being extinguished the mist evaporates into steam, any collateral damage is also completely removed. This also means that these extinguishers can be used in a confined space, without risk to anyone in the surrounding area.

-          The use of water means that the E-Series discharge is 100% environmentally friendly  and can greatly help to reduce your companies’ carbon footprint.

What are the suitable situations to use water mist in?

The E-Series portable fire extinguisher is at its best in internal environments where there is a prolonged exposure to different fire risks. It can be used in most situations, excluding those where the fire is being caused by self-oxygenating metals (Titanium, Magnesium, Lithium etc).

Are your E-Series extinguishers Kitemarked?

Our 3 and 6L E-Series extinguishers are Kitemarked, our 1L however is not. We are currently developing the E-Series Extinguisher and we will keep you informed of any changes via our Blog and news pages.

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