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FIGHTING FLAMES WITH ANAF Fire safety in garages is paramount. VITAL NEWS learns about fire extinguishers from ANAF FIRE PROTECTION and why quality is important in fire control. Garages are often home to expensive, heavy-duty equipment. That is why, it is in the best interest of these businesses to invest in quality when it comes to health and safety equipment. With more than 30 years of technical design experience in portable fire safety, Anaf Fire Protection is one of Europe’s leading companies in the innovation and distribution of portable fire extinguishers for automotive and marine markets. The key ingredient of these extinguishers is the multi-purpose dry powder (extinguishing agent) that is propelled out of the body by a compressed, non-flammable gas (typically a mix of nitrogen and helium). When released from the canister, the powder forms a ‘blanket’ over the fire to smother it and prevent re-kindling. UNCOMPROMISED QUALITY Anaf products are certified by competent national organisations, to ensure compliance with the Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) 97/23/EC, the Marine Equipment Directive (MED) 96/98/EC, and BS EN 3 standard for portable fire extinguishers. THE ABC’s OF FIRE According to BS EN 3, fire types are grouped into five different classes: A – flammable or combustible materials (i.e. paper, wood, cardboard and most plastics) B – flammable or combustible liquids (i.e. petrol, kerosene, paraffin, grease and oil) C – flammable gases (i.e. propane, butane and methane) D – c ombustible metals (i.e. magnesium, titanium, potassium and sodium) F – combustible cooking media (i.e. cooking oil, fats and grease) Anaf takes utmost care in every step of their production process in order to maintain the quality of their products. With a fully-automated factory production line, every component that goes into Anaf fire extinguishers is produced in-house. From the cylinder, paint, valve production and assembly to the composition of the extinguishing agent, filling process and packaging, Anaf’s approach to vertical integration allows them to be fully accountable for every detail of quality. Anaf invests heavily into research and development as well as stringent quality control with full CAD/ CAM design and tooling. NOTE: Electrical fires are sometimes referred to as Class-E fires. However, this category does not exist according to the BS EN 3 rating system because electrical equipment is often the CAUSE of the fire, not the actual TYPE of fire. COVERING THE CLASSES Different classes of f \H[܈Y\[][ۜ][H] [Y&\ܛ[[HوPH\^[Z\\\\XBو\[\\]\H\YK[ˈ\XZ\\^[Z\\H[\XH܈\Y\[X\[H][\]\œYH\H\[[XX[\]Z\Y[ SHՑTQU•H[Hو[YP\^[Z\\\]Z[XHHۂ^ Y^H[]\K]\[\^\[]YH[ۜ]\X\H[ۙHZ]HYYوH\\(B(B(B(B(B(BLMLPHH8$ ZP\^[Z\\]]]YBLM HH8$ ZP\^[Z\\]]YBLM H8$ P\^[Z\\]]YB RH8$ P\^[Z\\]]YB͋RH8$ P\^[Z\\]]YBKRH8$ZP\^[Z\\]]YBX\܈HX][HXZ[[[H X\ܚY\œX[ۈوH]H܈XZ[\[\\[]]H܂[ܙH[ܛX][ۋUSUTQH BTHPSӈ ‚